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Are we over-thinking EPUB? - Tools of Change for Publishing

Are we over-thinking EPUB? - Tools of Change for Publishing | Books On Books | Scoop.it
One common misnomer I have come across is that EPUB3 is 'a technology' - something in and of itself. I believe this category mistake is largely a result of... (Just a browser, folks. EPUB isn't something special.
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The punning subtitle to this article clarifies the subtext: "The future of the book is inherently linked to the browser."

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Bookmarking Book Art - Manuel Mazzotti

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A Stoke Newington bookbinder has been awarded a coveted scholarship from the Prince of Wales that will enable him to hone his craft in Switzerland.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Tip of the hat to Peter Verheyen of Philobiblon.com fame for pointing out this news in my backyard!

 

Mazzotti has the chance to work with Hedi Kyle, an American doyenne and active contributor to international book art, at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland.

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Bookmark - The Once and Future Book (Getty Museum Programs)

Bookmark - The Once and Future Book (Getty Museum Programs) | Books On Books | Scoop.it
September 20, 2015, A medievalist and a publisher discuss the nature of reading and the fate of books.
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Actually that's The Scribe Petros and his Pupils (detail), 1386, Unknown, Turkey. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig II 6, fol. 13v. 



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Bookmarking Book Art - Michael Mandiberg

Bookmarking Book Art - Michael Mandiberg | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The exhibition at Denny Gallery will be the performance of the upload of Print Wikipedia to Lulu.com (a print-on-demand website), and exhibition of a selection of volumes from the project. The upload process will take between eleven and fourteen days, during which time, the upload process will be on continuous view. In addition, the gallery will remain open around the clock through the first weekend of the exhibition, in recognition that the computer itself works continuously. There will be two channels for watching this process: a projection of the Lulu.com site in a web browser and a computer monitor with the command line updates showing the dialogue between the code and the site. The script will also post to Twitter after it finishes each volume. Individual volumes and the entirety of Print Wikipedia, Wikipedia Table of Contents, and Wikipedia Contributor Appendix will be available for sale. The build and upload process will take place in real time; until this process begins, exact metrics for the scale of the work can only be estimated.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Mandiberg's work echoes the conceptual framework initiated John F. Simon, Jr. and his "Every Icon" (http://numeral.com/appletsoftware/eicon.html).  

 

Simon's algorithmically driven "artist's proof" in which the ephemerality, futility and power of art is the unavoidable, underlying theme of "Every Icon" and, for that matter, any instance of installation or performance art. In Mandiberg's case - whether it is the complete  set or a print-on-demand segment - the print element of the work ironically masks that theme. One holds out hope that the art (or techne/craft) lasts long, yet the artifact will always be out of date with the "final moment" of Wikipedia (whatever that might look like).  As Simon puts it,

 

"While Every Icon is resolved conceptually, it is unresolvable in practice. 
In some ways the theoretical possibilities outdistance 
the time scales of both evolution and imagination. 
It posits a representational system where computational 
promise is intricately linked to extraordinary duration and momentary sensation."

 

Ironically, the links from previous reviews of "Every Icon" are often dead. The technical community always speaks of "links resolving to a resource", and with those dead links, "unresolvability" is doubly ironic here.

 

Mandiberg's work also echoes the conceptual framework initiated by Paul Soulellis and "Library of the Printed Web" (http://soulellis.com/projects/library/). In Soulellis' words,  

 

"Library of the Printed Web is a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web. LotPW includes self-published artists’ books, photo books, texts and other print works gathered around the casual concept of “search, compile and publish.”

 

The content of Mandiberg's work is algorithmically "found content" on a massive scale While it may be that the work comments on the "futility of the scale of big data", I prefer the irrational hope that the print element tied to the digital still offers the consolation of "ars longa, vita brevis".

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Bookmark - Getting an education in ebook production

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Ebook developers aren't the only ones who need to understand how digital production works. Here's how publishers with different objectives can brush up.
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Check out Joshua Tallent's good advice.

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Bookmark - Typography to fights dyslexia

Bookmark - Typography to fights dyslexia | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what it's like to have dyslexia? Daniel Britton doesn't have to wonder; he's had the condition all his life, and now he's found a way to communicate it to others. Last week this UK-based graphic designer announced that he was working on a new typeface which is designed to show those who don't have dyslexia... Read More »
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Brilliant!

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Bookmarking Book Art - Katherine McNamara

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Literary arts exhibit opened June 19, 2015 at Barrister Books in downtown Staunton. ... and runs through August 1.

Robert Bolick's insight:

Here is someone trying to figure out and shape the evolution of the book - in print and digital forms. Founding editor and publisher of Artist's Proof Editions, McNamara is also a member of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center and an iTunes producer.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Pointers from Dorling Kindersley

Bookmarking Book Art - Pointers from Dorling Kindersley | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Amazing book art and sculptures created by libraries, bookshops and artists across the world.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Who better to recommend such art than the publisher of "The Way Things Work" and a host of visual encyclopedias? http://www.dk.com/uk/

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Sonia Scalco's curator insight, June 18, 6:08 AM

Arte con i libri? O libri in arte?

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Casey Gardner, finalist for the MCBA Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Casey Gardner, finalist for the MCBA Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Phoebe is a traveller through time and space in search of what matters. Along the way, she meets an intergalactic wayfarer who is also on a quest. He seeks the 10th dimension which can only be reached by learning what is uniquely human. Together they travel to the beginning of the universe and back. Meanwhile, the two travellers investigate the workings of the universe. Each of the seven folios chronicles a mission that revolves around a field of exploration: light, gravity, time, matter, infinity, constellations and science. On the back of each folio is a mission dispatch reporting their discoveries of meaning in the natural forces and phenomena of the cosmos.
Robert Bolick's insight:

This fifth and last finalist in the MCBA competition for 2015 reminds me of the rise of infographics. It also stands as a clever introduction to a scientific topic through fiction as well as design.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Sarah Bryant and David Allen, finalists for the MCBA Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Sarah Bryant and David Allen, finalists for the MCBA Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Robert Bolick's insight:

A synthesis of biological statistics and book art. Extraordinary how Bryant manipulates the book to embody the "message" of the data.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Robin Price, finalist for The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Robin Price, finalist for The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Robert Bolick's insight:

Think Gilgamesh or Achilles, Neptune

or Poseidon, Mohammed or Christ, then

or now - and forever and always? Love.

 

For a video of the process of the book's creation, see http://www.robinpricepublisher.com/.

 

 

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Bookmarking Book Art -- Now Showing HELLO HEDI

Bookmarking Book Art -- Now Showing  HELLO HEDI | Books On Books | Scoop.it
23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to present HELLO HEDI, an international juried exhibition of book art celebrating influential artist Hedi Kyle.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Notice the splendid East-West juxtaposition of Islam Aly's "Metamorphoses" with Ginger Burrell's "Metamorphosis" in the online catalog.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Ragnhildur Jóhanns

Bookmarking Book Art - Ragnhildur Jóhanns | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Ragnhildur Jóhanns's online portfolio.
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Icelandic, b. 1977. Performance artist, poet and book artist - Ragnhildur Jóhannsdóttir.


She calls this series "Sculptural Poems". 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Noela Mills

Bookmarking Book Art - Noela Mills | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Robert Bolick's insight:

See how the threads in gradated colors create a reflective pathway into the foreground, the mountains and sky?

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Barbara Ford's curator insight, June 6, 7:53 AM

Another amazing example of what I call BookCraft.  Mills has created something truly unique!!

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Bookmarking Book Art - Giulio Maffei

LE VOCI DEI LIBRI - 1 Settecento pagine con un campionario disomogeneo di linguaggi ed attitudini. Disordine che diventa metodo alternando immagini fotografi...
Robert Bolick's insight:
Here is digital art promoting book art (Damien Hirst's "I Want to Spend The Rest of My Life..."). Giulio Maffei is the son of the art historian Giorgio Maffei, who published a book on the outstanding designer Bruno Munari recently translated into English.
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Bookmarking Book Art - Triple Canopy

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"Featured publisher #14
Introducing MISS READ 2015 exhibitors—————————————————————————————————-

Triple Canopy is a magazine based in New York. Since 2007, Triple Canopy has advanced a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. This model hinges on the development of publishing systems that incorporate networked forms of production and circulation. Working closely with artists, writers, technologists, and designers, Triple Canopy produces projects that demand considered reading and viewing. 

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Robert Bolick's insight:

Organized by Yaiza Camps, Moritz Grünke, Kristen Mueller and Michalis Pichler in cooperation with Akademie der Künste, Berlin. MISS READ: The Berlin Art Book Fair 2015 opens on 26 June in  Halle 1 & Halle 2 of the Akademie at Hanseatenweg 10. Read more about Triple Canopy and other exhibitors here: 

http://missreadberlin.tumblr.com/.


 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Spin

Bookmarking Book Art - Spin | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The subject for its first monograph is the company itself: “We were a guinea pig, so we could explore the possibilities and could use a lot of trial and error while we were creating it.”  The book includes conversations with past and present studio staff, industry commentators, clients and other designers, and runs to 520 pages with a foil-blocked hardcover. The first 1,000 copies of the book will include a limited edition pack of six silk-screened cards and six button badges designed by Spin.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Remember "Typography Only" in 2013, that collection of the work of 100 graphic artists demonstrating the power of type when used solo?  

Refresh your memory: https://www.uniteditions.com/shop/type-only. Put together by Spin co-founder Tony Brook, Claudia Klat and Arthur Shaughnessy, TO was published by Unit Editions, Spin's publishing spin-off. "Spin", the monograph, follows a tough act to follow. 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Anouk Kruithof

Bookmarking Book Art -  Anouk Kruithof | Books On Books | Scoop.it
This is a collection of over 3500 colorful paged books gathered by Anouk Kruithof. Out of adoration for books, she created this traveling sculpture
Robert Bolick's insight:

Kinetic book art! Watch the fall and rise:  https://vimeo.com/40536880

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Bookmarking Book Art - Claire van Vliet

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Claire Van Vliet, book artist and printmaker from Newark, wins $10,000 Herb Lockwood Prize
Robert Bolick's insight:

Founder of the Janus Press in the '50s, Van Vliet is also a MacArthur Fellow. Instead of churlishly thinking "even in the arts, the rich get richer", think "the genius get 'genius-ier'". Van Vliet's work is an extraordinary gift to book art.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Nexus Press

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"Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press" at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center provides a survey of the gallery's history publishing artist's books.
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The Nexus Press's archive was recently donated to Emory University. Here's a long look down memory lane from Catherine Fox for the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

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Bookmark - Another Commemoration of Aldus Manutius

Bookmark - Another Commemoration of Aldus Manutius | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Simon Fraser University marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of pioneering printer-publisher Aldus Manutius with a groundbreaking online resource
Robert Bolick's insight:

Another event to anticipate!  From Venice to Oxford to Manchester to New York and now to British Columbia, the acknowledgment of the Aldine contribution to printing and publishing rolls on.  SFU makes a special contribution with its launching of an online collection of the SFU Aldines in August 2015.  See also http://wp.me/p2AYQg-SU.

 

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Bookmarking Book Art - Sara Langworthy, finalist for the MCBA Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Sara Langworthy, finalist for the MCBA Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
Before it was a book, On Physical Lines was a series of drawings of power lines. In an effort to articulate what I was drawn to with these images, I read broadly in the area of history of electricity. This led me to James Clerk Maxwell and his paper. I was immediately struck by phrases that seemed to speak directly to my drawings of the power lines: Lines of force as something real, the lines avoid each other and are dispersed into space… there was poetry woven into Maxwell’s rational intellectual search. In Maxwell’s text there is a strong sense of an individual working through an idea, struggling with the act of questioning while in a state of uncertainty. It is this state I explore in On Physical Lines.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Like the Bryant/Allen entry, this work blends science and book art in a way that the medium becomes the message. The design's gradual build-up to the final quotation from Maxwell is masterful.

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Bookmarking Book Art - The Anamorphosis Prize, 2016

Bookmarking Book Art - The Anamorphosis Prize, 2016 | Books On Books | Scoop.it
The Anamorphosis Prize was established to promote excellence, dialogue and excitement in the field of self-published photobooks and photo-based artist books.
Robert Bolick's insight:

Juried by Anouk Kruithof (http://stresspress.tumblr.com/about)

John A. Phelan

Charlotte Cotton (https://vimeo.com/103389912).

 

Deadline 1 September 2015. Announcement 1 January 2016.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Ken Botnick, finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015

Bookmarking Book Art - Ken Botnick, finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Prize, 2015 | Books On Books | Scoop.it

Transcription of Ken Botnick's talk about his finalist work, "Diderot Project"

The Annual Enid Mark Lecture at Smith College on April 23, 2015

Robert Bolick's insight:

Hand and Eye and Tool.

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Barbara Ford's curator insight, June 6, 7:51 AM

I call wonderous things like this BookCraft but they are definitely ART. 

Rosemary Mantini's curator insight, June 6, 11:32 AM

We read words without even seeing the beauty in their component parts. Words and letters can be art that conveys meaning as well as anything else.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Guy Laramée

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Guy Laramée's (previously) new series Onde Elles Moran (Where They Live) captures the mystique of the native birds of the Brazilian region Serra do Corvo Branco (Range of the White Raven) through both portrait and carved landscape.

Robert Bolick's insight:

Canadian book artist, Guy Laramée has raised his game by combining sculpture and painting in this series of bird portraits displayed on the covers of books whose pages he has carved into representations of the birds' habitats in Brazil. Magnificent.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Rachel Mauser

Bookmarking Book Art - Rachel Mauser | Books On Books | Scoop.it

Mountain Top Removal

Coptic binding: silkscreen and cut BFK paper

Robert Bolick's insight:

Edward Paul Abbey's invective printed on the last page of "Mountain Top Removal" colors all of the cut BFK paper that precedes it.

 

Rives BFK paper specification:

 

- Mouldmade in France by ArjoWiggins
- 100% cotton rag, neutral pH, buffered
- Watermarked
- Internally sized for controlled absorption
- Vellum surface
- Two natural deckles and two tear deckles

 

If you want to "feel" that paper with your eyes, go to Rachel Mauser's site: http://www.rachelmauser.com/edward-abbey.

 

 

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