Low-Tech, Outdated, Expensive, And Still Going Strong

In this age of corporate publishing monoliths and high-tech innovations such as on-demand publishing, is there any room left for those old, traditional leather-bound tomes that lined your grandfather’s library? Boston’s Harcourt Bindery thinks so, and its president is still running a highly profitable business by appealing to the indulgent side of the reading public. “In the world of handmade bookbindings in leather or cloth, tooled with gold, the line between classic and contemporary is hard to find. It’s all based… on ‘the economics of desire.'”