In 1450 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press (leaving aside any prior Chinese claims) and became the progenitor of the most user-friendly form of information transfer yet invented … the book, then the magazine. As far as I am concerned while I tinker with eBooks, nothing approaches the satisfaction of buying, opening and reading real, tactile, paper publications.
As an old publisher of books and (mostly) magazines, there is nothing quite so satisfying to me as starting with a blank sheet of paper and ending up with a publication that thousands of people will buy and read. Then when the first reader has finished with it, it can be passed on to other members of the family, friends and even total stranger, without fear of flouting some self-interest generated piracy law.
I still get a thrill out of going into my local newsagent to browse through the latest crop of…
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