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Richard Ovenden on book arts in the 21st century

Speaker(s): Richard Ovenden

  • Date recorded: 15 Feb 2011

  • Duration: 55:28

Book art is the idea that a book is a work of visual or tactile art beyond its inherent textual value.

About this video

In the digital age are books and the associated 'book arts' still relevant to a 21st-century research library?

Join a discussion with distinguished librarian Richard Ovenden of Oxford's Bodleian library to hear whether books are on the endangered list.

Learn the answers to the question: is there still a place for design, typography and illustration in book production? And is the quality of paper, ink and binding still an important part of the process?

Thankfully, Richard explains that at the Bodleian Library interest in both the history and modern-day production of remarkably beautiful physical books is on the rise.


Richard Ovenden FRSA FSA is keeper of special collections and director of the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian library.