Those who’ve been following the development of this website/blog, and my radio program The Biblio File, will know that my mission is to document ‘The Book’ at the turn of the 21 Century by interviewing experts in every book-related role imaginable. The interesting thing about now is that we live with major new technology that’s blowing celluloid book content into silicon cyberspace, and with artisans dedicated to both preserving existing books, and producing fine new ones in the manner they’ve been published for centuries. So, in addition to finding audio interviews (on the left under Categories) with executives at Google, Amazon, Microsoft and abebooks on the future of book production and selling, you’ll also find conversations with antiquarian booksellers, professors and conservators about the history of the trade, and the mechanics of production. Over the coming months more attention will be paid to the latter…in short, to many of the things that the The Alcuin Society is interested in.
Alcuin was Charlemagne’s ‘"Minister of Culture", and a respected teacher, Alcuin encouraged the study and preservation of ancient texts, contributed to the development of the lowercase alphabet and helped establish numerous schools and libraries.