Are E-books Dying? The resurgence of printed books

Obituary of the printed book premature Now comes yet another story, this time in the New York Times about the impressive rebound of the printed book. With e-book sales soaring just four years ago, the prognosticators of doom declared printed books a vanishing breed. Indeed, at the time with book stores closing and printed book sales […]

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Letterpress books–because real books matter

Rediscovering genuine letterpress There has been a quiet renaissance in letterpress printing—a renaissance that has been particularly vibrant in the United States and across Europe. And while letterpress printing remains a niche part of the full printing industry, the appeal of letterpress has driven the price of old printing presses to unrecognized heights.  Jon Vost […]

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Joseph Ishill remembered

Joseph Ishill broadside available

A printing legend Joseph Ishill, one man alone in his home shop working nights and weekends with his beloved press, turned out some of the finest books published in America. His books [and his pamphlets and other ephemera] are rare because he printed only a few of each and, for the most part gave them […]

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Letterpress memoirs: should you go that route?

Does it make sense to publish your memoir using letterpress? I would like to say yes, but can’t.  If you want to include a lot of photos, then finding another process for your memoir makes sense.  If you are loading your memoir up with various decorative colors, then letterpress may not be your best choice—unless […]

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Me and My Likker

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s final wishes

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s Last Will and Testament Because of my interest in Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, I requested a copy of his “Last Will and Testament.”  What a document!  Short, to the point and no-holds-barred. He directed that there be no obituary in “any newspaper.”  He further ordered that “My body be placed in my casket […]

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Printers’ fair in Mt. Pleasand Iowa

Printer’s Fair a magnet for letterpress enthusiasts With the Printers’ Fair coming this weekend [September 17-19, 2015] in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, I am reminded of a wonderful trip I made to Iowa many years back to attend Linotype University One, conducted by Larry J. Raid and Bud Lang in Denmark, Iowa.  Both men were wonderful […]

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Me and My Likker

Me and My Likker: Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton booklet

Pamphlet lambastes Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s persecutors When I was introduced to Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton via a newspaper article, I was shamed at the way Federal agents hounded this man to his death.  So I wrote a pamphlet about him and his moonshine career.  Little did I know at the time how much interest there would […]

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