Scroat - you must be older than you look. I just did a bit of research (OK I admit it - I looked it up on WickedPaedophile) to find out more about that wonderful word "FLONG". And I discovered that flongs have not been used since the late 19th century! FLONG
Uberdog - that was an excellent explanation, but doesn't quite go far enouh to answer Scroat's question, which now has me intrigued. How does the image of type and pictures etc get transferred from its digital form onto the metal plate that is used to transfer the ink to the paper?
I think the answer these days is that the digitised information is lasered directly on to the litho printing plate in a process called (oddly enough) "Computer to plate". Up to a few years ago it used to involve chemicals and acids.
Quaz - you didn't imagine it. I have seen these too. I think this process was an intermediate stage called electrotyping
Well that's all incredibly
boring interesting isn't it?.
No doubt the boffins are already working on the next post-Kindle stage of data transfer i.e. do away with the printed and spoken word altogether and just beam information straight into our brains.