bookbinding

One hour and eleven minutes of me trying not to swear

The awesome Laura Dawson invited me to do a webinar on the basics of book design, as part of a series for Bowker’s SelfPublishedAuthor.com. Our kindly hosts/co-presenters at Data Conversion Laboratory have posted a video of the session, so now you can follow along with bated breath as I try to remember not to say […]

“books do certain things well and digital technologies do other things well”

“books do certain things well and digital technologies do other things well”

There’s a fab article hidden behind the Chronicle of Higher Education paywall: Some years ago, Terry Belanger found a striking way to reveal the reverence that many citizens of the digital age continue to feel for old books. It is a sentiment he finds fascinating but only rarely appropriate or useful. Belanger, who retired in […]

California, here I come!

California, here I come!

Now I know what I’ll be doing next time I’m in SF: Tim James of Taurus Bookbindery has opened the American Bookbinders Museum. The Chronicle reports. In the museum sits an 800-pound Imperial arming press from 1832 that James bought and had shipped from France three years ago. Asked how expensive that was, he answers […]

To be fond of ; to like ; to have good will toward ; to delight in, with preëminent affection.

Love. Chronicle Books had only a dummy of the trade edition at BEA, but the book is out now. (Buy it through Indiebound.)

from the Guardian

from the Guardian

They’ve been doing a lot of nifty slide shows at the Guardian. Here are four recent ones: British Library launches online newspaper archive As you may have guessed, I love this kind of stuff. Unfortunately, the archive website’s not working—at least, for me. I click on links and get nothing but error messages. I’ve written […]

Bookuleles

Bookuleles

I love to make books and I love to play the ukulele. Can I put these two loves together? Can I make a book out of a uke? Holy moly. From The Ukulele Books of Peter and Donna Thomas, via Ukulele Hero, via Dylan.

Scott K. Kellar binding - trees

Making trees’ deaths worthwhile, since 1972

I’m trying to close some browser tabs that I’ve been carrying along for at least two months, and I just can’t click the little x on this one without mentioning it. Scott K. Kellar, bookbinder and conservator? Does some really lovely work. Go look.

The Motherlode of Vintage Bookbinding History

Earlier this week, Miss Sheila Ryan, archivist extraordinaire, drew my attention to the 2008 winner of the award for Best Online Archival Exhibition, as reported by Kate Theimer at ArchivesNext.com: “Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815–1930: The Art of Books,” created by the University of Alabama, University Libraries, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. It has taken […]

Hautes couvertures

Hautes couvertures

Apparently Paris was a hotbed of elegant bookbinding, back in the 1920s:

Book restoration in the Adirondacks

Book restoration in the Adirondacks

Bridget sent a link to a sweet article from Adirondack Life about Jack Fitterer, a book restorer and binder in upstate New York: Page Turners: The art and craft of bookbinding in Indian Lake. The earliest volume they’ve mended is a 15th-century prayer book with minute channels chewed through the pages by generations of actual […]