This is an account of how I typeset, printed, sewed and bound one hundred copies of a book I had written, The McAvinchey Codex, in August and September 2017 and took it to the Wigtown Book Festival.
The blog began publishing on 18 February 2018 and continued on a daily basis (with some weekends off) till 23 March. It may resume if I decide to repeat the exercise. The list of contents below links to all the chapters. You will also find links at the foot of each chapter page to preceding and succeeding chapters.
Chapter 1: How did it happen?
Chapter 2: We Happy Few – a dedicated band
Chapter 3: A visit to the printer’s
Chapter 4: WYSINWYG: The great Adobe Acrobat booklet-printing mystery
Chapter 5: A visit to another printer’s – making it real
Chapter 6: The Joy of Numbers
Chapter 7: Costing a book – the general shape of the thing
Chapter 8: Costing a book – necessary hardware
Chapter 9: Costing a book – estimating quantities
Chapter 10: The Singular Delight of Endpapers
Chapter 11: Costing not less than everything
Chapter 12: The time it takes – typesetting in InDesign
Chapter 13: The time it takes – printing multiple copies
Chapter 14: The first day of volume production
Chapter 15: Economy of effort and material
Chapter 16: Rounding or backing? – mulling it over
Chapter 17: The Friday the car blew up
Chapter 18: Keeping in trim
Chapter 19: Gargantua the Chinese guillotine
Chapter 20: Wise saws and modern instances
Chapter 21: Helping Hands
Chapter 22: The Joy of Sewing
Chapter 23: A muddled history – or a history of muddle?
Chapter 24: Marking up
Chapter 25: Stamping out
Chapter 26: Casing in
Chapter 27: Pushing it
Chapter 28: Past, present and future