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Where we read makes a difference

As a lifelong reader and learner, I’ve come to recognize that where we read is important. After I graduated college, I lived in NYC and rode the subway everyday. It was crowded and noisy, but it was my undivided, uninterrupted time when I could delve into a complex subject and read until my stop (at … Continue reading

The evolution of books

As I was reading older issues of Atlantic Monthly, I came across this interesting article by Alan Jacobs called “How Books Learn” (July 2012)  http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/how-books-learn/259926/   In his article, Jacobs ruminates about the evolution of books. He perceives of books ranging from ever evolving and maturing oral poems and histories by Homer to those written down … Continue reading

Type, Fonts, and Punctuation

This week, our third in the exploration of the history of the book, typefaces and punctuation are most intriguing. You’ve grappled with ideas of how letter shapes change over time. The evolution of the letter form continues from those shaped and rounded with a stylus or pen to those seen on the computer screen. Here’s … Continue reading