Printed Books in the Digital Age: A
conversation with Jonathan Simons, founding editor of offline publishing house Analog Sea.
As an offline publisher distributing exclusively to physical bookshops, our wish is for books to be traded between human beings and not relegated to robots and algorithms. Digital platforms are great for efficiency and massification, but we believe that efficiency and massification are in no
way acceptable strategies for handling the arts and letters.
Now is the time for each of us to determine which parts of our lives and culture must remain offline and not swept up and digitized. Analog Sea explores these questions through our various publications, including our offline literary journal, The Analog Sea Review. And we receive thousands of answers in the form of thoughtfully crafted letters posted to us by our readers. But unless we take these conversations into physical spaces, we remain, albeit offline and analog, merely a virtual community. One of our favorite reasons to hit the road is hosting bookshop readings in which we introduce our offline literary journal, The Analog Sea Review, and discuss topics
related to offline culture and the printed word. We want people to think more about what it means to have human librarians, booksellers, and professional writers working within a community, and what the impact of their disappearance might be. We also enjoy discussing the effects Analog Sea
Bookshop Events of carving out offline space in our lives, and how our use of technology impacts on the way we think, dream, and create.
Jonathan will be in conversation with our manager Darran McLaughlin. Tickets cost £5 and include a glass of wine or soft drink and £2 off any Analog Sea Review publication.