I have nearly finished a much older book than normal, hired out from the local library archive selection. The book in question is the Albert Speer memoir entitled 'Inside the Third Reich'. A fascinating glimpse into the inner shenanigans of the elitist Nazi group. Besides the content, it became abundantly clear, how the basic quality of books has been reduced to am appalling level these days.
The book above was published/printed in 1971. A hard backed tome of some 570 pages plus indexes. I appreciate that it has been borrowed by the public many times over it's history, finally ending on or about 2002 as the stamp page indicates. My request to borrow it is in itself unusual, due to it's forgotten status i.e. not being on the shelves anymore. However, back to my subject. Given the date of 1970/71 for printing, I am cautioned by the book archive that the book is in a weakened state, so care should be taken with it, this I do as a matter of course. Reading it though, one is reminded on every page how quality is being eroded in the name of progress. The book wasn't overly expensive originally, yet each page has the corners nicely rounded off approximately 1/4 " radius, the photographs sharp and concise, the threads holding the various pages intact and, still solidly maintaining their role despite the spine being loosened over it's age and usage.
I cannot recall the last time I saw a new book having rounded off corners, can any of you ? What about threaded page retention, what about decent spine strength etc... ?? It's hopeless to consider any of the current publishing companies employing craftsmen in book binding these days,. even though we are supposed to be in an age of progressive techniques, quality formats and substantial substance. Where has all the quality gone out of life and materials these days, do we just have to put up with the status quo and keep quiet and accept rubbish as per normal...???
Morphing into a misanthrope by existence in the human(?) race.....