Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Furthering the print and digital discussion

Boingboing, an eclectic and geeky news source which is quite entertaining recently posted an interview with a bookbinder.  An American teacher in Casablanca, he learned the trade from a local shop.  For a fun project he created an analog-digital version of genesis.  Read on when you get a chance, it's quite interesting.

Boingboing interviews a digital bookbinder.


  1. Wow! I am quite amazed by his version of the genesis. I love his unique mix of the new and old technologies of books. Instead of bringing print to digital, Greer brought digital to print. He reminds us that print books will last much longer than any digital copies of novels. He also shows how much beauty is in print books; it is truly an art form. I appreciate the way he conveys his message, with an ironic, funny, little book. The binary bible and his process of making it made me appreciate the hard work that goes into a book.

  2. I never thought bookbinding ever existed. I always thought of machines building books and that whenever a book got too old, it would just be thrown into the landfill. But it's a great hobby and also a really good way of renovating books to be green, that way they last more and can be passed down from generation to generation, I'd like to see someone try to do that with a Nook.But now that i see that making a book is a whole process which takes time, patience and effort, I think we can appreciate a book more than an ipad or e-reader.

  3. That was very interesting! I've always wondered how they make leather bound books. I like how even though he knows that print books are struggling he hasn't gone over to the digital side but instead he continues to make beautiful print books. Greer also made a great point that some digital files can no longer be read, but print books can still be read many years from now.

  4. What an ironic intersection between the digital revolution of the future and the print books of our past. Through Michael Greer's binary Genesis, I realized that the language of binary code is really just another dialect that a book can be translated into.
    Bookbinding is an ancient art form that involves hard manual labor and is so different from the "binding" of a digital book.
    I like how Greer explores feeling "plugged in" to a book. We don't need a digital tablet to feel plugged in or absorbed with material.