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How neat is this? The folks at Faber & Faber, an independent publishing house in London since 1929, recently found a forgotten hand press in their archives. As it turns out, the half-century-old machine was used by the firm’s most famous designer, Berthold Wolpe: they’ve since refurbished the relic, which is going to be back in action producing limited edition broadsides and paper goodness for a brand new imprint.
Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of what would be dubbed the Higgs Boson, says that he wouldn’t cut it if he were entering academic science today. Keep in mind that this dude won a Nobel Prize for physics a few months ago.
Perhaps the future of newspapers is all about local distribution — very local distribution, as in a whole newspaper printed for just one coffeeshop in London. The Newspaper Club has teamed up with The Guardian to launch what they call an “algorithmic newspaper”, published only for one location, its content mathematically harvested according to level of interest from the Guardian‘s weekly coverage. How does that work, exactly?
Nearly a decade after it started, the lawsuit between the Authors’ Guild and Google over its book-scanning program has been thrown out. This means that Google can keep digitising millions of books for free distribution, and that fair use is in the public’s best interest.
Internet juggernaut Amazon and print media juggernaut Conde Nast are debuting one-click print and web subscriptions to some of Conde Nast’s most popular magazines today. Buy a print subscription through Amazon All Access, and you’ll get immediate access to the web version, with six-month print plus digital trial subscriptions starting at three bucks.
Yahoo yesterday announced that it’s buying Tumblr for $US1.1 billion to communicate to millennials cool, hip, relevant, and that it understands what GIFs are. But back in the early ages of the dot com-era, the company was saying that through a monthly publication called Yahoo Internet Life Magazine.
Comparing books to ebooks is like comparing mechanical watches to digital watches, or manual cars to automatic cars. No one doubts the convenience, reach and flexibility of the ebook format, but it will never convincingly replicate the experience of a paper book — nor does it need to. Ebooks are a fundamentally new medium, stuck in an awkward growing stage.