Revisiting my first post I think that I would be up for looking at the idea of book binding and casing in more detail.
Working in a Public Library right now I feel that there is a disconnect between the monetary value of the textual object that books are and the intellectual value that we should hold for these artifacts. The modern trend to use Thermally Activated Binding (which is basically a bunch of different method to glue loose sheets together) drastically undervalues and undermines the integrity of the textual artifact that has been bound in that way. There are publishers that are able to provide sewn bindings with full cloth cases (specifically Random House’s Everyman’s Library) that are affordable and must be economical for the publishers as well. These cloth cases and sewn bindings make the books much more durable as well as aesthetically pleasing.
The question that I may want to work towards would be round the changes in the materials used for binding and mass production changed in relation to mass literacy and demand for books. Can texts that are bound with higher quality materials automatically be viewed as being of more importance than texts bound with lesser materials?
That’s a very brief overview of an interest that I have. Perhaps with more thought I can actually turn it into a proper question.