How to make a book, part three
Go to a used bookstore and choose a cover that matches the size of your paper.
Remove the cover.
Save the bit of ribbon from top & bottom of the old spine.
Apply glue to the first page. This is the page that gets glued to the front cover.
Glue the page to the cover, pressing hard. I used a speedball roller.
Same with the back.
Trim the ribbon & the soft part of the old spine, then glue. Hold the entire thing in place with book repair tape.
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.