James Essinger, Jacquard's Web: How a hand loom led to the birth of the information age. Oxford UP, 2004.
story of de Prony's logarithmic tables; they produced 17 manuscript folio volumes and he wanted them to be printed, even commissioned plates, but proved too costly in the end (60)
Babbage often made cardboard prototypes of his Difference Engine mechanisms first (75); hired toolmaker and draughtsman Joseph Clement to make the parts
"The link between Jacquard's work to develop a revolutionary loom and Hollerith's creation of automatic accounting machines is clear and provable." (160)