We're currently developing the «PliegO'Maker»: once a user has submitted a short text or a pre-formatted PDF, it can be automatically paged and outlined as a ready-to-print micro-book on two sides of the same paper (duplex) -then folded, cut and read.
Micro-content is king
Bernard Stiegler is probably one of today’s most prolific and interesting philosophers. Here’s the transcription of one of his talks.
DESHISTORIA DE AMOR
A love story with short sentences, mixing rage, loneliness and other summer feelings.
A story about a strange animal, with text and illustrations combined as a collaborative effort.
A short story about the right to disobey and the dragon inside each of us.
A pliego ("quarto" in English, "papel volante" in Portuguese) was the earliest known European printed book format. The first pliego, the Sibyllenbuch, is believed to have been printed by Gutenberg in 1452–53, before the Gutenberg Bible, surviving only as a fragment. As a continuation of Western traditions of popular literature, such as chapbooks and popular print, his genre was found in Spain and Portugal during the 18th and 19th centuries, and offered readers a wide array of topics, from basic instruction to political tracts.
The idea has to do with an unusual finding: an old suitcase abandoned in a family garage. Inside, a collection of nearly 200 Catalan pliegos from between 1910 and 1915, that were produced by a nearly one-person publishing company, Patufet. This nearly yellow pages, folded and cut the same way we do here (some of them also nicely together with a red thread) tell the story of many many handmade stories and covers, thanks to the infinite imagination of Josep Mª Folch i Torres.