printing

Put down your Kindle and watch this

Letterpress printing is the craft invented by Gutenberg five hundred years ago: printing one page at a time using moveable type that is literally pressed into the paper. It is still practiced, apparently, by the Firefly Press of Somerville, Mass. Obviously the switch to digital books has everything to do with efficiency and nothing to do with beauty. Still, it is worth pausing to think about what we lose in the move from pages to pixels.

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