Are Octavos a thing of the past?
Date: July 11, 2013
As I sit here re-formatting all my choral music to be "octavo", I find myself wondering of octavos are a thing of the past - created by old hand set, then photo off-set printers using what is now considered odd sized paper. I wonder if all my work is really worth it?
I like the size of octavos, although, as I get older, I don't like trying to read them. However, they are massively inconvenient for the choral director who is buying a digital copy to re-print on a regular printer - what an incredible waste of space and paper!! I have considered doing two up on legal paper, but that leaves very small print, and since publishers are still printing in octavo, that is the way I am going.
However - what are others' feelings on this? Do we need to say to publishers, we don't want this anymore? Or are we totally set up for it and don't want to change? There are pros and cons, definitely - but what should be the future? Do I need to make two different files - one for standard A4 (or ltr) paper and one for 8vo?
Please chime in with your opinions - maybe it's time for us to change the world ;)