Printer’s Error

I am delighted to announce that my book on books, PRINTER’S ERROR, will be published by HarperCollins on March 14, 2017.


Iconoclastic Bibliophilia

My co-author is J.P. Romney (author of THE MONSTER ON THE ROAD IS ME), and for those of you who listen to our podcast (Biblioclast), you ought to have a sense of what this combination means: nerdy jokes, quirky history, and iconoclastic bibliophilia.

Irreverent Stories from Book History

The book is subtitled “Irreverent Stories from Book History.” In it you’ll learn:

  • How the artist and poet William Blake learned a new engraving technique from dream conversations with his dead brother.
  • How Ben Franklin systematically destroyed the business of a fellow printer – a printer who earlier had broken up Franklin’s engagement by telling the prospective bride’s parents that printing was not profitable.
  • How the first Gutenberg Bible was brought to America entirely by accident, much to the dismay of its new owner.
  • How publishers learned that certain words in a book’s title can help sales. Words like, I don’t know, “prostitute.”

And much more. I’m excited to share this with you, the fruit of many years of work, drawn from my experience and research in the world of rare books.

You can learn where to pre-order the book here.