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Remembering The Lost Art Of Book Binding: Video

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Remember books? They were those things people read before television and the internet and the iPad. Sometimes judges would throw them at criminals, and other times people would sit on them for an extra boost, or use them to prop open windows.

Anyway, apparently books are still in production in a land called the United Kingdom, because Telegraph reporter Glen Milner caught enough footage to make a mesmerizing and somewhat nostalgic vignette of an actually tome being put to print.

Check out Milner's video, AFTER THE JUMP.

Video via The New Yorker:

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  1. Cute. But what was that green thing at the end?

    Posted by: Trev | Mar 29, 2012 1:01:43 PM


  2. Books are also what you most commonly see people reading in the subway.

    Posted by: ggggb | Mar 29, 2012 1:13:02 PM


  3. too soon

    Posted by: Billy | Mar 29, 2012 1:13:16 PM


  4. Now we throw them AT judges.

    Posted by: Winston | Mar 29, 2012 1:39:55 PM


  5. It's "an actual tome" not "an actually tome".

    Posted by: SebastianQ | Mar 29, 2012 1:43:22 PM


  6. The green thing at the end was the cover. You print up the pages into what is called a "signature." That's a whole bunch of individual pages printed on a single large piece of paper. It gets folded in a particular way and then the folds get cut off save for the binding side in order to free the pages. You then pile the signatures on each other and literally sew them together to create the book.

    Then, you take a piece of leather and glue it onto cardboard for the cover. There's a piece for the spine and one for the front and back covers. You'll hot-stamp the title and other information into the leather. You'll then round off the spine part of the pages (that's what the woman about 1:30 is doing) so that the cover can wrap around it nicely and glue the book into the cover.

    _How It's Made_ also had a segment on how a book is made, though they were showing how to do it all by hand. This has some automated parts.

    Posted by: Rrhain | Mar 29, 2012 1:53:20 PM


  7. My aunt actually has made a business out of rebinding old books.. she's rather sought after for her expertise in binding books now.

    Posted by: Derek | Mar 29, 2012 2:00:51 PM


  8. The digital revolution is remaking the world in ways most of us never really considered. The Industrial Revolution created jobs for so many while the Digital Revolution is making more and more of them obsolete every day. So many things that used to be objects like books, music, movies, etc. are now files and all the people who worked in industries that produced, packaged, shipped, and sold those object are out of work, their jobs never to return.

    It's hard to argue against the convenience of digital files, their easy accessibility, the conservation of raw materials that was used to create objects, and the space required to store them. But what do you do about the workers from those industries?

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 29, 2012 2:11:11 PM


  9. "Remember books? They were those things people read before television and the internet and the iPad. Sometimes judges would throw them at criminals, and other times people would sit on them for an extra boost, or use them to prop open windows.

    Anyway, apparently books are still in production in a land called the United Kingdom, ..."


    Trite. And I'm being kind.


    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 29, 2012 2:12:04 PM


  10. My first novel is to be published at the end of May. It's been a long wait from acceptance to the edits stage. I was getting frustrated, but this video has me excited again.

    Posted by: Carter Quinn | Mar 29, 2012 3:16:52 PM


  11. some of us still make books by hand, and sometime even sell them!

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 29, 2012 3:29:30 PM


  12. One of my greatest loves in life is great typography. We've lost so very much. Look at any book printed pre-1950's. You can feel the type block. It's pressed into the paper. It's three dimensional. Hand set type has a look and feel all it's own. First came Linotype to take some of that away. Then photo type where everything from headlines to footnotes were the same image - and wrong. Hand carved type was designed to look and feel the same as it got larger or smaller. Each size was designed differently. Then came digital printing. Finally, a renaissance. The best type from Adobe has been redesigned with different faces for different sizes. Slowly, we're realizing what we lost half a century ago!

    Thanks for this beautiful reminder of all the beauty and power that books truly are.

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 29, 2012 4:04:40 PM


  13. Call me old fashion but there is nothing like the feel and smell of a new book and the pleasure of loosing yourself in its pages...

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 29, 2012 5:41:54 PM


  14. the crispness of a new book is improved by the sense of community imparted by one well-read.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Mar 30, 2012 1:52:19 AM


  15. This is absurd. Book arts are probably bigger now than ever.

    Posted by: Mr. McGinnis | Mar 30, 2012 11:36:30 AM


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