Hey everyone, been a while since I had something substantial to share here, but I've finally launched a project I've been working on for quite a while yesterday called Lettering Library. Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook probably know I collect a ton of old lettering, sign-painting and alphabet books, many of which are super scarce and fairly expensive. I got to thinking that these books sitting on my shelves here in my office is great and all, but they aren't doing anyone else any good, thus the idea for Lettering Library came to be.

I will be photographing each and every page of books in my collection and sharing them in a high-resolution PDF format for subscribers and pay-as-you-go customers. This way everyone gets to share in the killer reference material and instructional handbooks that I have for pennies on the dollar of what they would have paid tracking down physical copies. Sign up on the site and get some more information about this project if you're at all into typography or lettering.

Thanks for looking!

http://www.letteringlibrary.com

  • dbdesign

    I'm looking forward to this so much, good luck brother, can't wait!
  • deekin

    Yup yup yup, this is good stuff….
  • chriskillerartworx

    yeah this is rad! going to sign up for this, cant wait.
  • Bob Kawa

    That's a beautiful landing page.
  • babix

    signed up already!
  • jhndp

    That is amazing! Love it.
  • Jupit

    Sounds great!
    Not trying to be a dick or anything, but do you have to check with copyright holders or something? Or are all those rights expired?
  • Jason Carne

    Jupit said:Sounds great!
    Not trying to be a dick or anything, but do you have to check with copyright holders or something? Or are all those rights expired?

    The rights are expired, all public domain now, so I'm safe! Trust, made sure before I put all of the effort into this, haha.

    Glad you all dig it!
  • JJRanara

    Good job on doing this. Looking forward to it!
  • Jason Carne

    This is officially live! Any typography or lettering enthusiasts that still troll the forums have a look, this is for you.


    https://www.letteringlibrary.com/shop/

    https://www.letteringlibrary.com/shop/

    https://www.letteringlibrary.com/shop/
  • Eureka!!!

    This is pretty awesome, but technically isn't selling the photocopied books against copyright?
  • Jason Carne

    Nope, already explained that above.

    Physical reproductions are still disallowed from my understanding but digital photos and scans of them are fine because of their age and being outside of copyright law. If I did anything post 1940-ish I may be in a gray area, but I'll have that checked out by a lawyer more in depth if decide to do any publications that recent.
  • TopJimmy

    SO! SO! Cool!!! A Subscription Option as well as Individual Purchase Options! Fantastic! Sexy site too! And Responsive as well! GREAT work Jason! Bookmarked indeed!
  • tidyink

    Signed-up earlier today. Loving it.

    I collect old books for illustrations, so I understand you obsession. It drive smy wife nuts when I go into every book shop or stop at every book stall.
  • Jason Carne

    Awesome, thanks for the subscription! Just landed a few more excellent books this past week. Looking forward to sharing them soon.
  • JamieSangAloud

    As a lettering enthusiast, naturally I'm in love with your library. However, I can't feel okay with the idea of a company profiting off of the work of somebody else (as all artists can agree). I understand that you took the time to assemble this glorious collection and many are a true marvel to artists, but I can't help but feel that these should be treated with more consideration to the original creator's network and hopefully the art community in general. You clearly did your research and made sure your liability was in check, but I hope the project is early enough in it's creation that the next step can be finding where to direct some sort of contribution for the use of these invaluable collections of work. I certainly feel you should be compensated for the accessibility of the collection, but as the highest value lays in the books themselves it only seems appropriate that a portion gives back to the community that these exist for.

    Thanks for ready and best of luck.
  • Eureka!!!

    JamieSangAloud said:As a lettering enthusiast, naturally I'm in love with your library. However, I can't feel okay with the idea of a company profiting off of the work of somebody else (as all artists can agree). I understand that you took the time to assemble this glorious collection and many are a true marvel to artists, but I can't help but feel that these should be treated with more consideration to the original creator's network and hopefully the art community in general. You clearly did your research and made sure your liability was in check, but I hope the project is early enough in it's creation that the next step can be finding where to direct some sort of contribution for the use of these invaluable collections of work. I certainly feel you should be compensated for the accessibility of the collection, but as the highest value lays in the books themselves it only seems appropriate that a portion gives back to the community that these exist for.

    Thanks for ready and best of luck.

    he's not claiming the work is his, in the way that skillshare doesn't claim brandon rike's work or any other artists work.
  • Matt Borchert

    JamieSangAloud said:As a lettering enthusiast, naturally I'm in love with your library. However, I can't feel okay with the idea of a company profiting off of the work of somebody else (as all artists can agree). I understand that you took the time to assemble this glorious collection and many are a true marvel to artists, but I can't help but feel that these should be treated with more consideration to the original creator's network and hopefully the art community in general. You clearly did your research and made sure your liability was in check, but I hope the project is early enough in it's creation that the next step can be finding where to direct some sort of contribution for the use of these invaluable collections of work. I certainly feel you should be compensated for the accessibility of the collection, but as the highest value lays in the books themselves it only seems appropriate that a portion gives back to the community that these exist for.

    Thanks for ready and best of luck.

    I think documenting and preserving all of these books is more than enough of a thank you to the lettering community, whether he does it for profit or not.
  • Jason Carne

    I've spent EASILY over $10,000 on this collection, and countless hours documenting them, repairing many of them, not to mention spending a decent chunk of change getting the site off of the ground. I'm not doing this "for profit" to line my pockets, I'm doing it to fund the purchase of future books that will be invaluable go-to reference guides for artists in the future. Other sites like IAMPETH and Archive.org DO have some lettering books for free - but they still run on donations, membership fees and salaried positions. It's just not financially feasible to run this site without some form of compensation and still purchase more books for the collection. Some of these books cost upwards of $400, I think getting a high-res digital download of a super rare, expensive item that would otherwise have gone undocumented for about $5 is a steal.

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