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* Date : 2019-01-02
Paper, the greatest invention of humanity
Paper was the greatest invention of mankind of the past two thousand years. Light, thin, durable and long-lasting, paper played a crucial role in handing down knowledge through generations and helping the human civilization develop. Paper has had a profound influence on people’s daily lives and art, and has maintained its charm even in the digital age, as many people miss the charm of analog amid the deluge of digital recording media. This is also the reason paper books are still in wide use.
Paper as a vessel for human emotions
Modern-day people increasingly look for faster and more efficient things. But many people still miss the analog charm of paper. Calligraphy club members express their feelings and emotions on paper, a vessel of unlimited imagination. To those who are fond of paper folding, paper brings back the happy memories of their childhood. There are also people who still keep a journal by handwriting on paper.
The beauty of slowness, metal type printing
Books are not simply a combination of paper and characters. The warmth exuded by books cannot be replaced with the cold feeling of digital devices. One museum in Korea publishes books by printing them using letterpresses and typecasting machines. The combined weight of their lead surpasses 17 tons. It is melted by casting artisans, who are hard to find these days. In the era when books are mass-printed using computers and printers, making books by printing each letter separately the old-fashioned way and binding books by hand must have a special meaning.
Bosu-dong Book Street, where old books still live and breathe
Bosu-dong in Busan is home to a cluster of some 60 stores selling secondhand books. Many people expected the shops to disappear soon, but this book street is still visited by scores of customers looking for secondhand books and books that are no longer published. And some people come here simply to quench their nostalgia. Each of the old books in this book alley has a story to tell.
Paper will never disappear
Korea has the fastest Internet connection speed in the world. Yet many Koreans are still fond of paper books. Despite the deluge of digital recording devices that allow to easily store massive amounts of data, paper books have preserved their unique warmth and charm that no electronic device will ever be able to replace. Book clubs continue to draw members who are eager to share their thoughts about books that have moved and inspired them. Fathers take their young daughters to libraries to help them discover the amazing world of books. Paper is more than just a recording medium. It is a vestige of time that stores human emotions and memories.