[LMB] What's needed

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sun Feb 2 01:48:00 GMT 2020


A lot depends on how many letters or characters you have to deal with.  One
big problem with printing Chinese, Japanese or ancient Egyptian is the
thousands of characters you have to deal with.  I once saw a Chinese
typewriter, and it was one of the most complicated things imaginable.

On Sat, Feb 1, 2020 at 6:21 PM WalterStuartBushell <proto at panix.com> wrote:

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> > On Feb 1, 2020, at 1:35 PM, Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz at eskimo.com> wrote:
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> > 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
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> Which means the books are *expensive* and limits distribution, so
> Intermediate between hand copies and movable type.
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> Printing would be done only by major institutions, in 5Gs, the religious
> orders or high nobility.
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