Technology finally catches up:

Although William Faulkner won a Nobel Prize in literature, his writing is still considered particularly dense. One of his most difficult works is “The Sound and the Fury,” which is told from multiple points of view.

One of the reasons (the) narrative is hard to follow is because it jumps around in time with little indication of the change, other than italics. But when Faulkner was working on the book in the 1920s — “The Sound and the Fury” was published in 1929 — he imagined a way to make the section clearer to readers.

“I wish publishing was advanced enough to use colored ink,” Faulkner wrote to his editor, “as I argued with you and Hal in the Speakeasy that day.” 

“I’ll just have to save the idea until publishing grows up,” he added, inadvertently launching a challenge to future publishers.

Nine decades later, the Folio Society took it up.

In a special edition, the Folio Society is publishing “The Sound and the Fury in 14 colors. It’s a fine press edition, quarter-bound in leather, with a slipcase and an additional volume of commentary. It also includes a color-coded bookmark that reveals which time period is designated by each color.

– excerpted from Jacket Copy, LA Times, 7/5/2012

The stunning specs on the book:

    • Strictly limited to 1,480 copies, numbered by hand.
    • Printed on Abbey Wove paper using 14 different colours of ink.
    • Gilded top edge.
    • Quarter-bound in vermilion goatskin leather.
    • Blocked in gold.
    • Paper sides printed letterpress with type ornaments designed by Russell Maret.
    • 320 pages.
    • Book size: 10¼” x 6½”

Something to put on my list..but not this colorful version…considering the selling price of $345.00 each. And they’ve already presold more than 1,000 copies.

Kindle that..or not…