Keith Houston

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Keith Houston Hi June - thanks for the question, and thanks for coming to Writer's Week!

I'm Scottish, but "The Book" was published by WW Norton, an American…more
Hi June - thanks for the question, and thanks for coming to Writer's Week!

I'm Scottish, but "The Book" was published by WW Norton, an American publisher, and so the spelling and general style conform to American standards. As for the paper, turn to page 75 and you'll find out everything you need to know!(less)
Keith Houston Hi Caelan,

I had started out writing about punctuation at http://shadycharacters.co.uk, and the subject of books arose somewhat naturally out of that.…more
Hi Caelan,

I had started out writing about punctuation at http://shadycharacters.co.uk, and the subject of books arose somewhat naturally out of that. What actually happened was that I was casting about for an idea for my second book (I came up with some stinkers, I can tell you) when my agent suggested looking at book history as a continuation of punctuation, typography and so on. It was a huge subject, but it was a great idea, and The Book was the result. If you've read it, I hope you enjoyed it; if not, why not give it a try?

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In 2011, Apple became the first big tech company in the West to visibly embrace emoji. The detailed, glossy symbols that appeared that year on the iPhone’s on-screen keyboard were a far cry from Shigetaka Kurita’s lo-fi efforts and they went on to become the de facto standard for modern emoji design. But though Apple holds the emoji

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“Like laws and sausages, if you love parchment it is perhaps best not to see it being made.”
Keith Houston, The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

“This invention will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. – Thamus, on the invention of hieroglyphics”
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