How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book Reviews

How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book

How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book

From zines you can fold in a minute to luxurious leather journals and sumptuous sketchbooks, How to Make Books will walk you through the easy basics of bookmaking. Whether you’re a writer, a scrapbooker, a political activist, or a postcard collector, let book artist Esther K. Smith be your guide as you discover your inner bookbinder. Using foolproof illustrations and step-by-step instructions, Smith reveals her time-tested techniques in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

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  1. 60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent How-To for Beginners & Intermediates, March 14, 2008
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    Kate (NYC) –

    This review is from: How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book (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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    • My sister’s kpeeer. My sister’s kpeeer is an amazing book!! I am reading it right now and am almost done. There are only positive things to say about this book. However, there are cuss words in this book, just so you all know. If you are looking for an amazing book, then I would recommend this book to everyone!! I am ,like, in love with this book <3 . If you need a book to read to meet your A/R goal then I would read this book. This book is a little bit longer, but it is totally worth it!! This book is 18.00 points. And I believe it is a 5.6 range, but I could be wrong. Thank you for reading this!! Leave a comment

  2. 41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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    Different (in a good way), January 16, 2008
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    Rebecca Begley (Louisville, KY) –
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    This review is from: How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book (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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