How to Make a Book (1947) February 22, 2010

In 1947, Encyclopedia Britannica produced an educational film on mass market book making. Odds are, you’ve never seen this documentary, which begins with an author and his book and takes the viewer through each step of the manuscript’s journey from typewriter to printer to binder, a Metropolis of production line machinery, repetitive motion, and human cogs in a process that belies the human thought and act that brought the original text into the world.

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