signatures

Signatures in traditional western bookbinding can be stitched together in series of pairs. Author’s illustration.

 
The Image of the Book: Cognition and the Printed Page
Posted September 11, 2017
Design Issues, MIT Press

Introduction
The Making of Books
Is it possible that in another five hundred years, paper will be obsolete as the material of choice for making books, and that only digital books will be available? Even though digital gurus such as Nicholas Negroponte, who in 2010 said that physical books had five years of life left in them, assure us this is the case, perhaps this obsolescence will not fully happen because of certain qualities of the printed book that complement a reader’s psychological makeup.

Trogu, Pino. The Image of the Book: Cognition and the Printed Page. Design Issues (MIT) 31.3 (2015): 28-40. doi: 10.1162/DESI_a_00336