I was at the St. Bride Library last night where a group gathered to admire and hear about the work of Desmond Jeffery, a typesetter and designer who worked in hot metal and letterpress until his death in 1974.
Under the guidance of several of Jeffery's contemporaries, we saw how Jeffery worked. James Mosley, one of Jeffery's contemporaries, ended his speech with a simple example of an address being set in type. You could see an artist's instinct in typesetting.
This morning I awoke to the news that my first novel, A Particular Obedience, is now available for the Kindle. Apparently Kindle owners buy three times as many books as those who buy the printed word. In some ways this is good news. On the other hand, how can you look at the work of letterpress books and the exceptional work of new book designers and not think that e-ink is a step backwards?