Wednesday, 14 December 2011

All that was once solid... melting into the air

Seventy ad-free minutes from Alan Yentob about books, their inky history, digital present and 'cloudy' future. Worth watching by authors, writers and anyone remotely interested in printing or graphic arts.

Be quick, it is available on BBC iPlayer until 12:39AM (GMT) Wed, 28 Dec 2011

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If you are outside the UK, click here to download 273Mb mp4 file.

Cautionary note: there are no typewriters in this documentary

Noon-14 Dec. Thanks Bill M for advice that iPlayer is not available in the US. I do have a non-time limited, non-DRM mp4 file at 237Mb. Just need to find somewhere to put it.
14:00hr GMT. allows 2Gb uploads to a free 50Gb account! 
Update: 02 Jan 2012: Adrive shared files expire after 14 days! They don't vanish but you have to replace them in a shared folder to get a new url - which I just did. I might get fed up with renewing the url. If the link doesn't work, just drop me a note in a comment below and I'll renew it.


  1. Apparently this is not available outside the UK

  2. Hi Bill, that's a shame. Much of the content reported from the US. I'll see if there's a way round it.

  3. It works, but it seems like there's a "blogspot" before your link. Thanks anyway!

  4. Thank you Florian. Blogger prefix now deleted. Oh, the joys of bloggers idiosyncratic behaviour.

  5. I've just finished watching the documentary and it was worth every single minute. Great filmography, good ideas. As a enthusiastic Kindle user myself, it made me reflective. Thanks for sharing this, Rob!
    And there aren't any typewriters inside, but at least some typewriter typefaces.

  6. Florian, glad you enjoyed it. It makes the tortuous route to posting the download all the more worthwhile. Thank the good ol' BBC. Myself, I have trouble reading more than a couple of hundred words on a screen in one go. But that's always been a regular LCD. Never really tried the full reading experience on a Kindle but one first impression a few months ago was that the eInk screen technology is revolutionary and a LOT easier on the eye than regular LCDs. But I still like the weight and feel a of printed book.