[LMB] What's needed
proto at panix.com
Sun Feb 2 00:21:30 GMT 2020
> On Feb 1, 2020, at 1:35 PM, Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz at eskimo.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Tony Z
Which means the books are *expensive* and limits distribution, so
Intermediate between hand copies and movable type.
Printing would be done only by major institutions, in 5Gs, the religious
orders or high nobility.
Alfred Adler—“Do the wrong thing or feel guilty, but not both.”
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