How to make a book, part three

This is part three.  Here is part one and part two.

1 choose a cover

Go to a used bookstore and choose a cover that matches the size of your paper.

3 cut again

Remove the cover.

4 save covers aand ribbon

Save the bit of ribbon from top & bottom of the old spine.

5 apply glue

Apply glue to the first page. This is the page that gets glued to the front cover.

6 glue page to cover; press hard

Glue the page to the cover, pressing hard. I used a speedball roller.

7 glue back page to cover, press hard

Same with the back.

8 glue spine and ribbon, add tape

Trim the ribbon & the soft part of the old spine, then glue. Hold the entire thing in place with book repair tape.

9 done


I realize that this may not be your dream “How to make a book” tutorial, but this is the only way I know, and I’m quite pleased with the two books I’ve made so far. With this version I stained the pages with black tea to make them look old, and I’m going to add a library pocket + loan card from Miskatonic University to the back cover.  The library pocket + loan card are available for free download courtesy of the most excellent H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

So that’s about it. Thank you for playing, and here’s a copy of my story for anyone who cares to read it.

The Call of Cthulhu’s Kitchen

~ by Rick on December 12, 2012.

5 Responses to “How to make a book, part three”

  1. Great tutorial! There is something about books that I truly love. In our digital/disposable age, basic things like books are becoming a much more “romantic” item than thought of before. Your tutorial made me begin to instantly think of the book that I could make now after your tutorial. Good job and thanks for the insight!

  2. Reblogged this on The Post-Software Movement.

  3. Great work. Hope you don’t mind that I reposted it.

  4. Spectacular! Sepulchral! Suppurating! Now we just need to get Lola working on translating it into Finnish, eh? There’re a variety of — challenging, shall we say? — phrases in there. Google Translate, for example, is stumped by “nictitating”…

  5. ah, you read it. I’m pleased. The nictitating wink refers to that translucent third eyelid some animals have, which moves horizontally across the eye. Frogs might wink at you that way. By all means repost. Thank you friends.

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