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Future of Print, The

Synopsis
What future is there for the printed word?. By looking at the impact of the printing press in the 15th century, we can get some clues to the future. Presents a brief history of printing and literacy using stills shot in the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp. Examines items ranging from early books and documents through trade catalogues of the Great Exhibition to the novels of Dickens. Considers the impact of computers on graphic design. Describes, ‘Blend’, an academic journal published entirely via a computer network. The BLEND project highlighted a series of problems in making developing electronic text. One solution, the ‘book emulator’, is a computer program which produces text on screen with many of the advantages of a conventional book, such as page turning. Speculates on the futukre of printed text.
Series
Communication and Education, Course Eh207
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 25 min.
Year of production
1986
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Technology
Keywords
electronic publishing; history of technology; printing

Credits

Producer
Geoff Wheeler
Writer
Michael Twyman

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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