- Dec 2021
“I could fit this in my pocket,” I thought when the first newly re-designed @parisreview arrived. And sure enough editor Emily Stokes said it’s was made to fit in a “large coat pocket” in the editor’s note.
I've been thinking it for a while, but have needed to write it down for ages---particularly from my experiences with older manuscripts.
In an age of print-on-demand and reflowing text, why in goodness' name don't we have the ability to print almost anything we buy and are going to read in any font size and format we like?
Why couldn't I have a presentation copy sized version of The Paris Review?
Why shouldn't I be able to have everything printed on bible-thin pages of paper for savings in thickness?
Why couldn't my textbooks be printed with massively large margins for writing notes into more easily? Why not interleaved with blank pages even? Particularly near the homework problem sections?
Why can't I have more choice in a range of fonts, book sizes, margin sizes, and covers?
- Nov 2015
A similar project that explores the potential and limits of POD is AND's Variable Format: 'a sample book, a model, a serial system that explores the technological margins of print on demand and how reading is informed by the materiality of the book object'.
This project has been conceived by Lynn Harris, published by AND and designed by Åbäke with Pierre Pautler: