How a book is made

To get you in the mood for the first edition of Materiality, here is a collection of short videos put together by Maria Popova of Brainpicker that show how books are made.

There’s footage from 1947, showing the use of a linotype machine – interesting also to note the gendered roles in book manufacture! The 1961 footage looks focuses on bookbinding methods, and is full of quotable quotes, eg “…an art that is the preservation of all arts: the making of books.” There’s a more recent film showing the production of perfect bound and wire-stitched books, as well as some pretty scary power guillotines. There’s also a video showing how books were made before the introduction of moveable type.

One thing these videos really bring home – how much faster book production has become!