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My friend Michael Russem is a printer and book designer in central Massachusetts, proprietor of the Kat Ran Press. He recently wrote an article for the Caxton Club's journal and just emailed me the link. He contrasts the preciousness of materials in fine press books (which remain largely unread) with the lowly paperback (crummy materials, but read with gusto). Interesting stuff, which we've all thought about before, but Michael puts it down in a compelling way.
To download a small PDF (395 KB) of this issue, go here (the article is on pages 1-3):