The Perfect Capital


We don’t know what Eric Gill (1882 – 1940) would have said about digital books. Only that he would have had a lot to say. And that not a word of it would have supported digital books being mere copies of their paper relations.

About stone he said, “For stone carving properly speaking isn’t just doing things in stone or turning things into stone, a sort of petrifying process; stone carving is conceiving things in stone”.

The eBook may not have been conceived separately from the physical book, but it was certainly considered separately. Layouts were amended and the cover was rethought and adapted.

The eBook was available at the launch, but has since been withdrawn. In this case, the physical book is very much the real deal.