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[BKARTS] SoCal APHA Digitizing Rare Books

The Southern California APHA Chapter would like to invite members and prospective members to a fascinating lecture on digitizing rare books given by E. M. Ginger on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1:30 p.m., at the CenterPointe Club in Playa Vista, California, followed by a reception.

LECTURE: Applying Traditional Printing Practices to Digital Books

BIOGRAPHY: E.M. Ginger began working with fine books and printing as a proofreader at The Stinehour Press. She was the managing editor of Fine Print: The Review for the Arts of the Book for twelve years before working at Adobe Systems in the Originals Type Group as a writer, editor, instructor, and printing historian. She was the executive editor at Octavo for the company’s eight years, where she selected the books for digital imaging and managed the design, editorial content, interface, and production of Octavo’s 44 digital editions. She is now the president of 42-line, a service company specializing in the digital imaging of rare materials and their presentation in digital form.

RECOMMENDED READING: Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works (2nd Edition), Erik Spiekermann and E. M. Ginger, Adobe Press, Berkeley, California, Copyright 2003, available through Peachpit Press and Amazon.

Visit these websites for more information about Ginger’s activities for the last ten or more years:

Over the last decade, a company called Octavo digitally photographed some of the world ’s great books (e.g., Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio, Mercater's Atlas, Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience) from libraries such as the Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, and the British Library. Books and manuscripts were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 500 megabytes per page) and presented as editions in pdf with commentary, translations, bibliographical information, and notes on early bookmaking practices. CDs of the Octavo editions can be purchased from the Octavo website.

The Rare Book Room website contains all of the books (about 400) photographed by Octavo during its eight years. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.

Check out this 2009 Rare Book Calendar: http://typographica.org/

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Place: Media Room at the CenterPointe Club, Playa Vista
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Cost: free

RSVP: rbrim@xxxxxxxxx
Deadline for reservations: February 26, 2009
For further information, contact Kitty Maryatt at twohandspress@xxxxxxxxxxxxx or call 310 439-2135.

The CenterPointe Club is located at 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094.

Directions: From the 405 Freeway, go west off the Jefferson offramp about two miles until Playa Vista Drive (just after Home Depot). Turn south (left) and drive to the second block to The CenterPointe Club (on your left). Turn into the circle drive and you will be allowed to park underground. Come up to the desk in the lobby and they will point you to the media room around the corner.

Other directions: From the corner of Jefferson and Lincoln, go east on Jefferson one block and turn right onto Playa Vista Drive and follow the directions above.

Note that the club is two blocks south of Kitty Maryatt’s studio (across Jefferson). For further information, please call Kitty at 310 439-2135 or her cell phone at 818 416-6510.

If you wish to become a member of APHA and the Southern California Chapter, please visit www.printinghistory.org and click on Join APHA.
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