This summer, the Helsinki National Library had an informative exhibit about the history of writing. Reading about all that writers in the Middle Ages needed to know is kind of analogous to all that writers need to know and do today. Whether traditionally published or self-published, authors need to be as hands-on as possible to shape the final book/e-book product and move units.
“Besides being able to read and write,” the placard posted above reads, “a writer had to be familiar with a book’s entire manufacturing process — from the pastures of the animals whose hide was used to make parchment to bookshop shelves.” Middle Ages scribes also had to hand-process all the pieces that came together to form a book.
The exhibit asserted, “The medieval scribes would already know our present-day literary solutions inside out… The form of many of our modern literary interfaces — from books to tablet computers — faithfully resemble the medieval book.”
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