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David L. Ulin on the future of reading

December 30, 2010 |  7:40 am

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Book critic David L. Ulin adds his voice to the L.A. Times' occasional series on the future of reading by looking at some innovators in publishing, both authors and publishers. His piece begins:

At a garage studio in Eagle Rock, Lisa Pearson is publishing books with the skill of a craftsman, framing the printed word as a work of art.

One volume, "Torture of Women," features a red cloth cover with an embossed title resembling scar tissue. Inside, images of the female body are overlaid with matter-of-fact accounts of women who have suffered torture. "Fascist pig" is ink-stamped across the centerfold.

Pearson's Siglio Press has distributed more than 1,000 copies of the book at the price of $48 each, at a time when the publishing industry seems headed for ever-cheaper digital editions. But Pearson believes her craft will thrive as a counter to the trend, as people rediscover the joy of what she calls "slow reading."

Read the rest of his piece about innovators in both print books and e-books here.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Lisa Pearson of Siglio Press. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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