Learn About Books’ History, and More Importantly, Their Future
The Crumpled Press (such an appropriate name) released Codex in Crisis back in 2008, a long-form essay by Anthony Grafton that delves into the history of printed books, the current state of their affairs, and most significantly, what hope remains for them in their long-distance future. Divided into chapters, this hand-bound (hand-sewn, to be more accurate) book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about books.
Grafton is clearly pro-printed books, though it’s refreshing to read that he also knows the benefits of ebooks and where praise is due in the digital world. Not arguing against ebooks, per say, but arguing against the demise of printed books, Codex in Crisis brings up a lot of vital points when it comes to the debate of whether or not to turn our literary archives digital. No matter which side of the fence you find yourself sitting on, this book is bound to teach you a lot about both ends of the ever-pending digital versus paper battle. So read up, and enjoy the physical beauty of this hand-crafted rarity as you do it.