The following handful of mini-essays about books and their creation will become a platterful in the coming weeks. With the addition of posts on everything from the ancient art of bookmaking to the MIT professor who in 1945 foresaw a paperless way of organizing and retaining information (a system that proved eerily similar to the personal computer), posts will be slotted into categories, just as the Blogger’s Buffet menu options are now.

For the time being, can dip into descriptions of eight word books; consider the future of print books; read up on a nineteenth-century woman who had spectacular success as an author but fell from grace; and learn a bit about rare children’s books. And, if you choose, you can check out Bookstuff by Fred (translation: samples of my print-book work).