Electronic Readers: Blessing, or Abomination?

This is a favorite question: Do I own an e-reader? Yes, I do. Wait, conservative elements, don’t leave yet. Let’s talk about this. I could ramble for some time about the overall trend of digitization and what it means for readers, reading culture, and print books (not to mention book collecting). Perhaps I’ll create a…

20 Amazing Facts about the History of the Book

Before books were read and stored in their current form, they were actually used in the form of scrolls. The scrolls were pieces of papyrus pounded together. You would hold one section in your left hand, read the open section, then rollout further the section in your right hand to continue reading.   A scroll…

Graffiti, History of Print Style

Think bibliography is too stuffy? There are plenty of scandalous tales in the history of printing. One of the most infamous is the story of the Uncle Silas plate in the first edition of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.     Twain expected Huck to be a major hit, and the huge number of advance orders…

The Mamusse Wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God

That is the title of the first complete Bible printed in the western hemisphere. How did that happen?     Blame the Reformation, the Protestants, and the Pilgrims in particular. The earliest settlers of Massachusetts felt that true Christianity could only be captured and understood when the Bible was translated accurately into one’s native language:…

When Bibles Go Wrong

While it’s true that people are no longer strangled and burned at the stake or drawn and quartered for translating the Bible into English, sometimes there are still mishaps. Not of the fatal variety, but mishaps of the kind that collectors eat up. When bibles go wrong, it’s almost always a great story.   Sometimes…