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How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book Hardcover – November 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1St Edition edition (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307353362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307353368
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“From the letter-press cover on thick cardboard to the simple, step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by illustrations and photos of finished products inside, this how-to will be the favorite of anyone who wants to make a book. Absolute beginners can be successful from the first page with an instant book-all that is needed is a sheet of paper. Besides paper, most projects call for the same three materials: awls, curved needles, and waxed thread. The most complicated one involves Coptic binding, which might take a couple of tries to get right but, even so, is doable. A resource list is included, as well as a bibliography of titles the author recommends. It is easy to see that bookmaking could become addictive. Crafty teens as well as those who create their own zines will want to take a look.”
School Library Journal, Charlotte Bradshaw, San Mateo County Library, CA

About the Author

ESTHER K. SMITH, author of How to Make Books, collaborates with typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers at Purgatory Pie Press in New York City. Their handmade books have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Their artist books are housed in many rare book collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Smith teaches throughout the United States, Canada, and England, and every term at Cooper Union in New York City.

More About the Author

Esther K Smith stitches artist books and makes collaborative limited editions at Purgatory Pie Press with hand-typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. Solo exhibits include Metropolitan Museum of Art and London's Victoria & Albert Museum. International collections include Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, London's Tate, the Walker, and the Whitney Museum. Esther Smith teaches Artist Books at Cooper Union. She has been a visiting artist at Museum of Arts & Design and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Her upcoming class is Artist Books: A Structural Approach April 30- May 4, 2012 at the Art Students League, New York City.

Customer Reviews

Lots of clear easy to follow instructions.
Donna Sue
We were fascinated by each example (great photos), and she was inspired to make her own fabric book like the one found here.
Robyn W
For more advanced instruction I would recommend Keith Smith's series of books on Non-Adhesive Binding.
Kyle Clark

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kate Black on March 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I picked up a copy of "How To Make Books" in a bookshop recently, and I was impressed. I'm already a bookbinder and familiar with most of the projects Smith details within the book, but I whole heartedly recommend this to novices and intermediates.

Smith's hand drawn diagrams have a warmth that many technical manuals overlook, without losing explicitness. Project directions are clear and concise. Her writing has a pleasant conversational tone. And the book is just a joy to hold -- the cover is raw bookboard, embossed letters to look like letterpress and a cloth tape spine. The combination of materials is engaging and tactile. I love this book!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Begley on January 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Love How to Make Books. I'm fairly new to bookmaking but passionate. I have several books on how to make books and had vowed to buy no more, because--except for the older, more traditional books--they were beginning to all look alike. But while recovering from foot surgery (and away from my drafting board but with loads of time), I acquired How to Make Books. Clearly different from the rest. Within 3 hours of getting this book, I had produced an instant accordion, rhyming alphabet book for my great niece. She loves it. This was 2 weeks ago. I'm currently going through this book for the 4th or 5th time. Helping me keep my sanity during a lengthy recovery.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kate on March 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Since April is National Poetry Month, I'm creating a new poetry unit. I discovered the Poem in Your Pocket movement, and it dovetails nicely with my latest thrilling book discovery: How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book, by Esther K. Smith. This book would have changed my life when I sponsored the school literary magazine; it still may change my life. Smith calls the first book an instant book, and to me, it is a paper folding miracle. Using an 8 ½ x 11 inch piece of white paper, Smith shows readers how to make eight folds and one cut to have a six page miniature "zine." No glue. No stitching. The best part? It uses images from only one side of the piece of paper, so feel free to Xerox the content and fold away for cheap and darling mass production. Amazing. One of the big components of teaching writing pedagogy is publication, and this technique makes it easy and satisfying to reach that point. The book has ideas to grow on, too. Just looking at it fosters a love of books...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Frechette on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have acquired several books over the years purporting to show how to make one's own books. And while they were often pretty and even artistically inspiring, none of them ever made me feel that I had sufficient skill to actually make a book. I would leaf through them and think, "Wow, these are neat...but I can't do that. Where would I get this stuff? What's a signature, anyway?"

Then I saw this book, and thought, "Aww, what the heck, even if I don't make a book, this one is so gorgeous that I can't leave it in the store."

I read the first bit the Friday night after I brought it home, and Saturday morning started folding and tearing and stamping and painting, and - ta da! - a pile of little instant books! Thrilling!

Over the course of the next two weeks I went crazy on the long-stitched food box books. Now six weeks have passed and I have stacks of folded signatures tucked all over the house relaxing, a fine selection of threads and a frenzy for book creation.

This is an inspirational volume, beautifully designed, engagingly written, and a very inviting instructor.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Kelly on December 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book

Book Artists and Teachers who use book binding in your classroom, this is THE how-to book you have been waiting for. The directions are simple and easy, even for complex structures. The images are gargeous. This book with it's davey board cover and bold red font is a collector's item. Every page tells a story. Illustrations are funky and fun. This is one How-to book that you will use again and again.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JoJo VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book based on the positive reviews on Amazon. After receiving the book, I was disappointed after reviewing the book.

It is interesting but not as detailed as I had hoped. And the hand drawings showing how to stitch was confusing. I wouldn't recommend this to a newbie just learning. Instead I recommend Bookcraft: Techniques for Binding, Folding, and Decorating to Create Books and More. It was much more thorough and complete. I found this book at the library and it was hands down better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tadashi Mitsui on December 23, 2007
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This is a beautiful book with many ideas for anyone to learn how to make simple books with great ideas. Visually very appealing with the excellent choice of typography. The gear gift idea for anyone with an artist in heart. Enjoy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Hancock on February 18, 2008
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I've already read a few books on this topic and taken a few classes, but was very happy with the content here. Certainly not just for beginners, this fun book has good illustrations, fun examples, lively writing style and is generally a funky cool book in its own right.
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