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Origins of the book

Origins of the book Edit The binding of a Chinese bamboo book (Sun Tzu’s The Art of War) The craft of bookbinding probably originated in India, where religious sutras were copied on to palm leaves (cut into two, lengthwise) with a metal stylus. The leaf was then dried and rubbed with ink, which would form […]

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Children’s Publishing (forthcoming)

Children’s publishing is a good example of the range of design approaches, with design styles adapted to suit the range of ages, from learner readers through to the teen and young adult market. Early reading books need to be robust – large, sturdy board books with thick pages strong enough to withstand heavy handling by toddlers. Young […]

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2: Form and Function 4: Materials and Process Anatomy

Book Binding

Up to the early nineteenth century books were hand-bound, sometimes using precious metals such as gold or silver and costly materials, including jewels, to cover valuable books and manuscripts. Book bindings had existed as a functional device for hundreds of years, both to protect the pages and also as an elaborate decorative element, to reflect the value of […]

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Anatomy of a book

  See post on bookbinding Flatpan A flatplan is an overall guide to the editorial structure of the book that is adapted by the designer and editor together. It maps the book’s extent (number of pages), main elements and where colour and images can be used: front matter (or ‘prelims’): the frontispiece – usually a recto (righthand page) […]