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22/08/2010

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Sunday 22 August 2010

This week Simon Winchester presents Americana with a look at the way America communicates.

The right to carry a gun is protected by America's Second Amendment to the Constitution. Writer Dan Baum demonstrates what its like to carry a concealed weapon through the American streets and he explains how guns impact the way Americans feel and communicate as they go about their days.

As eBooks and internet reading gain traction in the United States, Americana discovers an old fashioned press where monotype still prints the page.

Skip Prichard, CEO of Ingram Content discusses the future of books. Though mobile devices and hand-held readers are gaining popularity, the way that Americans read books today may be very different from how they will read books in the future.

  • Gunpowder: Carrying a concealed weapon

    The right to carry a gun is protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Writer Dan Baum demonstrates what it's like to carry a concealed weapon through America’s streets and he explains how guns can influence the way Americans feel and communicate as they go about their daily lives.

  • Compass: The lighthouse

    Compass: The lighthouse

    Americana takes to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay to visit the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. The reliable landmark continues to flash for fisherman, oysterman and pleasure boaters each evening.

    Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
  • Printing: From letterpress to eBooks

    As eBooks and internet reading gain traction in the United States, Americana discovers a letterpress where Michael Bixler still prints the old fashioned way. Skip Prichard, CEO of Ingram Content explains how the publishing industry is brainstorming new ways to interact with books for the future.

  • Useful Link: Michael and Winifred Bixler’s printing press workshop

    An Audio-video slideshow of Michael and Winifred Bixler’s printing press workshop.

    Michael and Winifred Bixler’s printing press workshop
  • Useful Link: Skip Prichard

    Are Ebooks Dead? Video from Tools For Change 2010 conference.

    Skip Prichard, "Are Ebooks Dead?"

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