Three reasons why print is here to stay

“Fundamentally all [e-books] look the same…so you’re eradicating an entire culture of skilled artisans who’ve made decisions about how to present words in a manner that reinforce the text, are evocative of the period, give you some kind of subconcious landscape that you can go through as you read the book. All of that is taken away from you [in an e-book]”

George Walker, Book Artist, Printer, Professor

Eliot's Bookshop, Toronto, Canada (photo by EpilogueDoc)

I am pleased to share the beautiful documentary “The future of print” by Epilogue (a student film maker from Toronto). In this lovely film, Toronto book makers and sellers share their insights on the future of books, bookstores and the timeless technology of print.

Paper books and print are here to stay, they say, because it is the only form of information technology that offers these three things (in combination):

1. Relationships–between bookseller and reader, reader and books, giver and receiver

2. Permanence (vs. the impermanence of digital)–print’s physicality and long lifespan helps us to better preserve our cultural memory

3. Beauty and aesthetics–the design, smell and feel of the printed book

The filmmaker writes: “I hope for the film to stir thought and elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts, from the people who are still passionate about reading on paper as well as those who are not.”

The conclusion? It’s not either/or print or digital. It’s and also.

Take a look:

Thank you to my talented nephew for putting me on to this film. He’s off to learn the art of photography in a few months, and I can’t wait to see the world through his eyes.

Photo credit: Eliot’s Bookshop, Toronto, Canada (photo by EpilogueDoc)

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