Bookishness@PePcon2013

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(Please note that the most recent version of this presentation is here: http://www.slideshare.net/thadmc/bookishness-foros-del-libro2015. [Only the title is in Spanish!])
This is my second presentation on the topic of "Bookishness". As ebooks find a solid standing as a book publishing format I argue that there are lots of things that designers, publishers and printers can do to enhance the quality and utility (and delight) of printed books.

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Bookishness@PePcon2013

  1. 1. Bookishness The Future of the Book Thad McIlroy, The Future of Publishing Vancouver & San Francisco
  2. 2. A bit about me... I’m a book publisher (4 companies)  I’m an author (12 books)  I’m a technologist (25 years)  2
  3. 3. Bookishness on my Blog 3
  4. 4. The Future of Publishing The 9th Law Black + white thinking is anathema to appreciating change. Change is not either/or. It’s and. See my “Laws of the Future of Publishing”: http://thefutureofpublishing.com/the-laws-of-the-future-of-publishing/ 4
  5. 5. The Battle for Books is Over ...and paper apparently lost Half of the top Amazon Kindle bestsellers are digital originals  Paperbacks are available for the “legacy market”  But it doesn’t have to be...  5
  6. 6. Bookishness is all About Manufacturing Magic in Print Not just books:  Magazines  Newspapers  Collateral —direct mail, brochures...  I use BOOKISHNESS to illustrate the theme 6
  7. 7. A Taxonomy of Bookishness Dust jacket or Paper cover • Image (including artwork, colors, inks) • Substrate, visual aspects of material • Substrate, tactile aspects of material • Emboss, die-cut Paper • Paper – Interior – Weight • Paper – Interior – Style, i.e. rag, spotted, etc. • Paper – Interior – Color • Paper – Interior – Inks • Glossy stock for photographs • Folded sheet for maps, etc. The full list is available on my site: http:/thefutureofpublishing.com/2013/04/ bookishness-what-makes-a-book-a-book/
  8. 8. Covers
  9. 9. The Yellow World Albert Espinosa, 2012 9
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  12. 12. Storybooks
  13. 13. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a 550-page book that is not a exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel, or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things. 13
  14. 14. From The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 14
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  16. 16. Typography
  17. 17. 1968 17
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  19. 19. Love & the Mess We're In by Stephen Marche Gaspereau Press 2012 19
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  22. 22. Beauty as its Own Reward
  23. 23. I Wonder by Marian Bantjes 23
  24. 24. Jonathan Safran Foer, Tree of Codes, 2010 24
  25. 25. Trim Size 25
  26. 26. Trim: Coloring “Those of you who have seen my book, whatever you think of its contents, will probably agree that it is a beautiful object.” —Julian Barnes: The Sense of an Ending 26
  27. 27. Interactivity 27
  28. 28. Bookishness Thad McIlroy Summary Don’t leave print on auto-pilot  Planning starts with the author  The physical & digital must interact with one another  If you can dream it, China can produce it  Print designers are in the driver’s seat  28
  29. 29. Thank you thad@thefutureofpublishing.com

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