Or, perhaps, not so new. Long-time readers may recall that, back in May of 2010, I had started doing a bit of bookbinding. The blank notebooks I initially posted about proved somewhat popular. Within the following year, I produced half a dozen, and got a reasonable price for my effort.
The story does not end, there, however. There has been a lot of experimentation with line weights and line spacing. My department director has recently taken up fountain pens (his wife suggests that I may have been something of a bad influence), and he seems to like the way I set up pages for writing. So, when I seized the opportunity to try out a passport-sized format (3.5" wide by 5" tall), I applied my proprietary lining style. In spite of some aesthetic issues with the first try, I was able to mail out some 48-page refills.
Little Flower Petals also voiced an interest in learning to bind books. It’s really not hard to do, considering how long it was done without the benefit of modern tools. However, there are a lot of steps and a certain amount of practiced technique. It’s an arcane skill. There is no app for it, trust me.
Notebooks are relatively easy, because they are just blank, or nearly blank, sheets. There is no consideration of keeping the pages in any particular order. Putting together a literary book, one with words and stuff, is more complicated.
If anyone is interested, I am thinking about a series of posts, explaining my process.