Fine Printing on the Kindle. A First?

“Everything new is old again.” So writes Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press who just announced that a book he designed and printed for Lone Oak Press is now available for the Kindle and in a hardcover trade edition.

The book is Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes and Ditches: Excerpts from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. First published in a limited edition in 2005, the book featured the remarkable wood engravings of American artist Abigail Rorer in a standard edition (US$1600) and in a de luxe edition (US$3000). You can now download the digital facsimile from Amazon for a mere seventeen dollars. Free previews are available.

(Readers of the FPBA’s journal Parenthesis, should recall seeing one of Rorer’s engravings from this book reproduced on the cover of our fall 2005 issue. Rorer also contributed an illustrated article about her method of engraving the blocks for this book. A few copies of this issue are still available.)

Is this the first time a fine press book has been available for the Kindle or other mobile device? If there are others, please let me know. NAEditor [at] fpba [dot] com.

— Paul Razzell