Daily Archives: November 19, 2010

Is Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book the future of books?

With the ascendance of ebooks, why buy print books any more? One simple reason could be that the book as an object possesses qualities superior to the digital version. One such example of that is Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, “Unmakeable”, which as described at swissmiss, is something that:

Book printers said … “could not be made.” Belgian publishing house Die Keure proved them wrong. Jonathan Safran Foer’s book is an interactive paper-sculpture: Foer and his collaborators at Die Keure in Belgium took the pages of another book, Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles, and literally carved a brand new story out of them using a die-cut technique.

I have some printed books that are great to read and fascinating objects in themselves. To sell books in the future, more books will need to be made this way.