Meant to Look Pretty

December 30, 2013 | 1

Are books on the way to becoming luxury objects? At Salon, Daniel D’Addario makes a case that they are, explaining how a new aestheticism in book design points to a future in which books function mainly as art objects. (While we’re on the subject of book design, it’s a good time to look back on our U.S.-U.K. book cover battle.)

is a staff writer for The Millions and an MFA candidate at Johns Hopkins. Prior to coming to Baltimore, he studied literature and worked in IT while living in Dublin, Ireland. You can find him on Twitter at @tdbeckwith.

One comment:

  1. The fate of the paper book in an electronic age was one of several cool ideas popping up in the move “Her” by Spike Jonze, recently opened. Some spoilers below, if you haven’t watched.

    I think this may be the most wonderful movie I’ve ever seen, full of beautiful imagery, imagination and emotional truth. Advance warning: if you have ever gone through divorce, it will really hit home.

    At one point in the movie, an advance copy of a paper book written by the lead character (from a publisher “that still prints real books”) is mailed to him. The book shows up in his P.O. box wrapped in brown craft paper and tied up with string, a beautifully homely little package! Touches like this showed up all through the film.

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