January 12, 2009

Wrong, all wrong!

Posted in books, business, Editing, humor, Video at 10:53 pm by India

The didn’t mention anything about how each character of the book is placed on the page using tweezers.

Also? That guy at the 2:54 mark is really scary.

(Via BoingBoing)


  1. Otto Mann said,

    do they get ANYTHING right?!

  2. Lars said,

    That was a fascinating peek at the inner workings of the publishing industy. What I don’t understand, however, is this: in this process, who gets to choose the fonts?

  3. John Tranter said,

    The author’s parents traditionally choose the fonts and the general look and feel of the book. The mother usually chooses the cover art, often by commissioning something nice from a family friend. The father, or in rare cases, the grandfather, chooses the body text font and the heading font from a selection of Compugraphic 7700 font-strip negatives stored at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

  4. Maia said,

    India, here’s something for your wishlist — I have a feeling you will love this book!


  5. India said,

    Oh, yes.

    (Does any other book have an index entry that says “terrorists. See copy editors”?)

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