Sunday 26th October 2014

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Unbinding the Book – Challenging Preconceptions

Katrina Hopewell, Marketing Manager at Blurb

Brenda van Camp, CMO Blurb and Katrina Hopewell, Senior Marketing Manager at Blurb – responsible for Unbinding the Book to life. Unbinding the Book is a project launched by Blurb, the indie self publishing platform, in collaboration with arts studio Jotta, that will be launched at The London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery from the 25-28th September. Find out more at

We keep hearing the phrase ‘print is dead’ and it really surprises us when we do. In fact, in this digital age, print is sometimes seen to be the more valuable commodity – it’s tangible, it has longevity, it’s a keepsake.

We hosted a series of roundtables back in January and discussed with a wide range of people – designers, artists, photographers, chefs and architects –about their thoughts on the future of the book – and there was no true consensus – the impact of digital content, the tactility of print, the form and structure – all were debated – but what was more interesting is that we all had a preconception of what a book should be, in addition to what our own personal relationship with the medium is.

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Ten Quotes about Amazon (that demonstrate it’s complicated)

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It’s Friday, so let’s have ten quotes about Amazon, just to remind us what we already know… that it’s complicated:

1.  “Amazon are evil bastards – I loathe them, I fear them, but I use them all the time because they’re wonderful and that’s part of the problem.”

Anthony Horowitz, Writer (Digital Minds Conference 2014)


2. “With paper printed books, you have certain freedoms. You can acquire the book anonymously by paying cash, which is the way I always buy books. I never use a credit card. I don’t identify to any database when I buy books. Amazon takes away that freedom.”

Richard Stallman, Software Freedom Activist and Computer Programmer


3. “The terrible thing about the Internet and Amazon is that they take the magic and happy chaos out of book shopping. The Internet might give you what you want, but it won’t give you what you need.”

Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler


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