In a New York Times article about the death of encyclopedias, a Britannica guy talks about well-designed books as a luxury item. Content might be everywhere, but good design can still expect an appreciative audience:

He envisioned the print volumes living on as a niche, luxury item, with high-quality paper and glossy photographs—similar to the way some audiophiles still swear by vinyl LPs and turntables. ‚ÄúWhat you need people to understand,‚Äù he said, ‚Äúis that it is a luxury experience. You want to be able to produce a lot of joy, a paper joy.‚Äù

[via michael surtees]

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