[LMB] What's needed
baur at chello.at
Sat Feb 1 18:46:23 GMT 2020
Am 01.02.2020 um 19:35 schrieb Tony Zbaraschuk:
> On Fri, January 31, 2020 6:20 pm, Lois Bujold wrote:
>> Actually, I fancy movable type is in the offing in Pen's world.Â
>> Pen has in fact just invented the Betamax version of printing, due to be
>> out-competed pretty quickly.Â I hope he collects some royalties first.
> The thing to keep in mind here is that one of the BIG advantages of
> movable type is that you can set up the type, print a signature (8 or
> 12 or 16 pages), and then break up the type to set the next signature.
> Which means you only need a hundred pounds or so of lead/tin to start
> printing. If you're doing a block a page, then you need either metal
> or wood, and LOTS of it, for EACH book, meaning your printer needs
> to have a handy warehouse AND be very rich to afford all those plates
> and their storage and organization.
another, minor advantage of moveable type is that while the individual
letters might wear out, the metal itself is almost infinitely recyclable
the wood in a wood cut plate can only be used for heating when worn out
(and it wears out a lot faster)
> Tony Z.
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