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The Art of Story Writing : CHAPTER XXXIX The Linotype, Monotype, and Typesetting Machine

by Nathaniel C. Fowler, JR   

CHAPTER XXXIX The Linotype, Monotype, and Typesetting Machine

FORMERLY all books, magazines, and newspapers were printed from type which was hand-set. The invention of the Linotype, Monotype, and typesetting machine has revolutionized printing.

Although many books are now hand-set, and from movable type, in the old-fashioned way, quite a number are set by machine, with good results, although the quality obtained may not equal that from hand-set type.

The Linotype operator manipulates a keyboard similar to that of the typewriter, and the machine automatically casts complete lines.

The Monotype differs from the Linotype in that it automatically casts and sets individual pieces of type. The operator uses a keyboard, and as each key is depressed an impression is made upon a sheet of revolving paper. This is run through the type-casting machine, and the type is automatically cast and set.

The typesetting machine uses ordinary type, made for the purpose, and the operator uses a keyboard.

Unless the book is to be printed upon coated or hard paper, it is often difficult for the layman to distinguish the difference between machine-set work and that done by hand.

Electrotypes from hand-set type, however, are usually better, and will last longer, than those made with the type which is set automatically.

Machine work, of course, is much more economical ; and as it answers the purpose in many cases, it is very much in vogue.