The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



April 24th, 2013

BOOKISHNESS: The Case of Murakami’s 1Q84

The signed and numbered edition of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 is limited to exactly 111 copies. The front and back covers are printed on Somerset, a 100 percent cotton archival paper, using a Swiss-made 1963 Gietz Art Platen hand-fed letterpress. The covers were handprinted by Justin Knopp at Typoretum. Text pages printed and bound by Graphicom, Verona. The text design…

November 9th, 2011

What Makes an e-Book Cover Unique?

I’ve seen two principal schools of thought surrounding covers for e-books. Theory One: Book covers don’t really matter much any more. Theory Two: Covers for e-books still matter a lot. They matter in a different way, and we’re not quite sure what makes it different, but they certainly do matter.

October 16th, 2011

Mastering the Art of e-Book Formatting

Reading the New York Times article about the e-book version of Julia Child’s classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking you’d think that a milestone had been reached in the struggle for high-quality e-books. This 1961 book is one of the classics, and the publisher had a tradition to uphold. Cookbooks have not been a…

January 24th, 2011

Miami Beach Expresses Itself

1. Read the article in today’s New York Times. It’s about a remarkable new structure in Miami’s South Beach. 2. Go to the new building’s web site, and click on this graphic: 3. After the well-designed flash images flash by, take time to interact with every graphic you can click on. Unlike so many sites that feature…