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Espresso Book Machine

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L’Espresso Book Machine è un sistema POD (Print On Demand) di stampa e rilegatura integrato: in pochi minuti permette di stampare con un’economica rilegatura in brossura un libro fra quelli disponibili nel catalogo EspressNet, che attinge a servizi di archiviazione online di testi come Google Books o Internet Archive, permettendo di stampare dunque testi fuori dal copyright oppure ormai fuori catalogo, ma anche da siti di case editrici come Random House, Hachette, Mc Graw-Hill.
Il servizio è disponibile presso alcune librerie e università principalmente negli Stati Uniti: in Europa è possibile usufruirne solo in Olanda e in Ucraina (!).
qui la mappa

Da una parte quest’utilizzo del sistema POD facilita la diffusione e fruizione di testi altrimenti introvabili, o consultabili unicamente tramite lo schermo di un computer. D’altro canto non permette di ottenere una grande qualità materiale del libro ottenuto: la rilegatura in brossura è sicuramente la più veloce ed economica, ma è anche il tipo di rilegatura che meno resiste nel tempo, in quanto i fogli non sono uniti tra loro e facilmente si liberano della colla indurita che li tiene debolmente insieme.

Continueremo a riflettere sulla questione POD nei prossimi post.

per qualche info in più sull’Espresso Book Machine e la sua rete ->
qui la brochure del produttore dell’Espresso Book Machine, Xerox

Written by francesca depalma

novembre 28, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Video: “Birth of a Book” by Glen Milner

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Birth of a Book from Glen Milner on Vimeo.

A short vignette of a book being created using traditional printing methods.

For the Daily Telegraph. Shot at Smith-Settle Printers, Leeds, England. The book being printed is Suzanne St Albans’ ‘Mango and Mimosa’ published as part of the Slightly Foxed series.

Shot, Directed & Edited by Glen Milner

James Bridle, “Encoded Experiences”

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Books are changing, and the nature of reading, what we take away from it, is changing too. Books used to be physically malleable things that we marked, physically, with our experiences: dog-earing them, underlining them, highlighting, and copying out. But the books will not be physical for very much longer.

The great misunderstanding of digitization is to believe that it is only the content and the appearance that matters. That, to reproduce the experience of the book, we needed to make a screen that looked like a page, that turned like a page, that contained words. And the reason that we’ve had difficulty for so long with the notion of eBooks is that that is not all that books are.

Books are journeys, and encoded experiences. The writer has spent months, perhaps years, producing this work out of themselves. That devastating last line of James Joyce’s Ulysses: ‘Trieste – Zurich – Paris 1914 – 1921.’ And the book is the medium of transmission of that experience, so that the reader, too, can experience it, and go on their own journey.

The books are subliming, they are going up into the air, and what will remain of them is our experiences. That experience is encoded in marginalia, in memory, and in data, and it will be shared because we are all connected now, and because sharing is a form of communal prosthetic memory.
When Walter Benjamin wrote that ‘what shrinks in an age where the work of art can be reproduced by technological means is its aura’, he was assuming that the aura diffused, that it was lost to the other reproductions. But digital technologies do not just disseminate, they recombine, and in this reunification of our reading experiences is the future of the book.

[Originally published on I Read Where I Am]

Written by Silvio Lorusso

luglio 1, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Pubblicato su ebook, libro tradizionale

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Steven Heller – “Me, A Book”

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originally published on The Daily Heller

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In this E-Book era, it might be useful to hear from a real book. The Autobiography of a Book by Charles H. Denhard (representing the book) was designed by Ernst Reichl (designer of the first Ulysses jacket) with text composed by The Composing Room. It records the trials and tribulations of a book in the 1940s and how difficult it was, even then, to succeed as paper between covers. Here’s a snippet:

I remember the conversation between my author and the publisher. The plain truth is that the first publisher didn’t even care to read me. My author explained in elaborate detail what he had tried to do, how long he had worked over me, why he thought readers might be interested But to no avail. Publisher No. 1 was kindly, courteous and considerate, but it was obvious that he had not interest in me and was willing to forego whatever advantages might accrue to his house by making a book of me.

The story continues through the process of finding an agent, getting sold to a publisher, being edited and ultimately printed. Here’s another short excerpt:

Thus my author and I were separated – for the first time. I was tossed upon a pile of manuscripts, wondering what kind of inquisition threatened. I could scarcely feel lonely for I was surrounded by books of all kinds, on all subjects, by hundreds of writers. And, after all, wasn’t I destined to become a book?

Below are a few in situ passages. The book has a curious poignancy. Ahh, to be a book was not easy:

I discovered I was only one insignificant item in a list of sixty new books, all scheduled for Spring publication. Each of the sixty required the individual handling which I was to receive. Not alone setting type and proofreading, designing and printing and binding, but equally important business of selling and promotion had to be considered.

Inside "The Autobiography of a Book" Text from "The Autobiography of a Book"
Text from "The Autobiography of a Book"Text from "The Autobiography of a Book"

Written by Silvio Lorusso

giugno 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Considerations on EPUB standard

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With the intention to test and eventually adopt open standards for the ToD project, we made some experiments on EPUB. In order to understand clearly how this format works, we developed a publications’ catalogue using Sigil. This software includes both a code editor and a WYSIWYG one, which has useful formatting tools (such as bold, italic, indents, text-alignment, lists), but it doesn’t have a button to create links.

Sigil interface

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Written by Silvio Lorusso

giugno 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Pubblicato su ebook

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