See this article about, among other things, how differentiating print books from electronic counterparts has sparked a resurgence is book design:
The Guardian: How Real Books Have Trumped EBooks
I'm sure that visitors to this website understand the difference that paper makes!
An excerpt from the article linked above:
"It’s hard to know whether to read these books or caress them.
Book covers looked very different a decade ago when the appearance of e-readers seemed to flummox a publishing industry reeling from the financial crisis and Amazon’s rampant colonisation of the market. Publishers responded to the threat of digitisation by making physical books that were as grey and forgettable as ebooks. It was an era of flimsy paperbacks and Photoshop covers, the publishers’ lack of confidence manifest in the shonkiness of the objects they were producing.
But after reaching a peak in 2014, sales of e-readers and ebooks have slowed and hardback sales have surged. The latest figures from the Publishing Association showed ebook sales falling 17% in 2016, with an 8% rise in their physical counterparts. At the same time, publishers’ production values have soared and bookshops have begun to fill up with books with covers of jewel-like beauty, often with gorgeously textured pages. As the great American cover designer Peter Mendelsund put it to me, books have “more cloth, more foil, more embossing, page staining, sewn bindings, deckled edges”.
Here's an article in The Guardian about how eBooks are loosing ground to print books. Even among young readers "62% of 16- to 24-year-olds preferred print books to ebooks".
"Readers committed to physical books can give a sigh of relief, as new figures reveal that ebook sales are falling while sales of paper books are growing – and the shift is being driven by younger generations."
Digital products have their place, but so does paper.
Here is something for all of us notebook enthusiasts:
"Gordon Campbell, a fellow in Renaissance studies at the University of Leicester and a consultant for the planned Museum of the Bible in Washington, said the new manuscript shed fresh light on how the King James translators actually did their work, as opposed to how they had been told to do it."
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(If you are not a subscriber to the New York Times digital edition they will let you read, I think, ten articles per month.)
I'll be in Somerville for the show on Sept. 20!
*Explanation of the Retroactive Discount for Previous Purchasers
This information was emailed to existing customers on Dec. 29, 2014.
If you purchased one or more of these journals before Dec 29, 2014 at their original price, I will adjust the payment on your next order so that your total journal cost will be as if this lower pricing had been in effect from the beginning! Have no regret for being an early adopter. Please just mention in the comments section of your order for a B5 journal that you are a previous purchaser of a B5-size journal and that you would like to combine your past and present quantities for the more-than-one price break. If your total quantity is 3 or more this is a 20% price drop. This offer is only on your next order that includes a B5-size journal. Example: Let's say that you purchased a B5 journal in the past at the $44 original price and that you order another B5 journal today. The new lower pricing for two journals is $73.50; you already paid $44 in the past; so the price for today's journal would be $29.50! My website is not set up to automatically check for past purchases, so you will need to make a note in the comments field asking me to modify the charge on your order. Shipping charges on the new order will remain what they would be without the retroactive discount. This will involve a lot of book-keeping for me, so let me emphasize that this retroactive offer is only good on your next order that includes one or more B5 journals—not on orders after that. If your next order is for pads, loose sheets, or small journals, you may still take advantage of the retroactive offer later when you do order more large journals.
There's a new website for fountain pen enthusiasts: PenPaperInkLetter.com. I would describe it as a clearinghouse of information about and sources for products of interest to pen people.
They've posted an enthusiastic review of my products. Take a look their new and growing website.
It's always such a good boost in my day to get notes and emails from customers who are appreciating the pleasure that PaperForFountainPens products bring to them. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to express your enthusiasm.
This afternoon I came upon a review of my notebooks at The Unroyal Warrant, a fairly new blog that "aims to help sort through products that will improve life in the office".
The opening entry says "I work long hours in a grey cubical, a shared cubical, and I have found that the little things make all the difference. By exploring combinations of pens, paper, and inks I have created a fantastic getaway for myself without having to leave my cube. While I have deeply enjoyed keeping this little getaway to myself, it is time that I share this destination with others."
That comment resonates with me very well. The pleasure of writing in and on my notebooks, pads, and loose sheets makes a difference in my day, and it's my hope that my customers will experience a similar soothing delight whenever they put pen to this paper.
Thanks to the customer who wrote the review. I'm not sure who you are, but I appreciate the encouragement!
Happy Writing! (and don't forget to take moment to caress the paper…)
It was great to see people at the New England Pen Show over this past weekend. Thanks to Rob Morrison of vintagewriting.com for pulling the event together, and to calligrapher-extraordinaire Pier Gustafson for introducing me to people and to helping me in finding a pen. Pictures from the show will follow.
It was a good, welcoming event at which to launch our new blank books.