A not-so-far-in-the-past post on HuffPo Book’s caught our eye today. Steve Leveen, CEO and co-founder of Levenger Press, discusses Da Vinci with best-selling author of The Fantasia of Leonardo da Vinci: His riddles, jests, fables and bestiary, Ross King. At one point in their convo, publisher and writer hit upon Da Vinci and e-books. Pulled section below.
LP: How do you think he would feel about e-books? Would the animal-rights/vegan in him applaud the absence of vellum?
Ross: I suspect that Leonardo, who loved invention, would have embraced technology such as e-books, especially if it meant saving the lives of animals. Many books in Leonardo’s day were made from vellum–the skins of calves, lambs and kids. He deplored the slaughter of these creatures and believed, unlike virtually all of his contemporaries, that animals had souls.
LP: As a man of invention, he must have applauded the printing press.
Ross: Strangely, Leonardo was suspicious of printed books and the printing press. He distrusted a process, such as printing, that produced what he called “infinite children” without differentiation between original and copy. I suspect he would have preferred his works to appear in manuscript form rather than by means of moveable type.
Read the full interiew here.