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In Praise of Pretty Books (washingtonpost.com)
33 points by prismatic 62 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments



It's unfortunate that the article doesn’t really mention bindings properly. As I see it, there are three main issues in modern bindings:

- the use of inflexible hotmelt glue instead of flexible cold glue,

- the death of signatures in which paper is folded like in a booklet and sewn around in favour of perfect bindings in which the edge of each page is stuck with glue onto the spine, and

- lack of awareness of grain.

It is common to find hardbacks that lack signatures and are bound using hotmelt. They are even worse than cold glue paperbacks of signatures. Sometimes printers even get the grain wrong.

This is awful for functionality as well. Books cannot open flat without splitting the spine, and signatures can be rebound many times. Hyphen Press’s article is quite good, though incomplete.[0]

0. https://hyphenpress.co.uk/journal/article/bookbinding_survey


given that the article explicitly mentions science fiction I was really surprised to not see a reference to the great artwork of the Brazlian edition of Neuromancer:

https://twitter.com/GreatDismal/status/790675203294580736


Anyone else getting an error (too many redirects) when following the link? I was able to find the article by searching for it directly on WaPo.


Nope. Got Paywall fuzz but the link worked fine.


how nasty to link an article on a site that requests for memberships to read the content. Disgusting.


You can just bypass it with outline.com




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