Indeed, any project wouldn’t exist without a community that builds around it. Of course, it is valid for iBookBinding. So, if you want to help iBookBinding to grow and evolve even more, you will find several ways to do that in this post!
Follow, Like, and Share
The first way to support us is essential as it helps us to bring new readers to the project. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, and YouTube. And don’t forget to like, share, and comment on our publications!
It is always a pleasure to discuss bookish things with our followers. Quite often, it gives us new insights and points in the direction of new posts and ideas!
Become Our Patron on Patreon
Patreon is a service that helps creators to get financed by their followers. We chose a model that allows members of our community to pledge some amount monthly. There are different tiers, and some of them offer rewards provided by iBookBinding every month. For example, if you pledge $5 per month, you’ll get from us at least two digitized vintage books about book arts, book history, or bookbinding every month.
We started this year with just above $20 pledged to our cause, and now we are pretty close to having $100 per month. And when we reach $150, we plan to ditch Google AdSense banners on our website, removing these ads from the sidebars. So, please consider becoming our patron on Patreon!
The amount currently pledged to iBookBinding may not seem to be a hoard of money, but it allows us to cover our hosting expenses, and we are grateful to each of our supporters. Pledges start with only $1 per month.
Buy Our Tools and Tell Your Friends and Colleagues About Them!
Every year we add new tools and jigs to our Etsy shop. And designs of old tools are constantly updated as well.
This year was mostly about the different types of 3d-printed papermaking molds. Now we offer molds for the smallest sizes of 10×10 cm to huge ones of 37×37 cm. Hopefully, next year we’ll be able to provide you with molds for sizes up to A3+.
The main benefit of these molds (apart from a reasonable price) is that we can easily print them with almost any watermark or for virtually any shape of paper: circles, stars, hexagons, country-shaped paper. There are practically no limits! There mesh patterns also may be quite different: from patterns similar to tradition wove and laid paper, to hexagons, triangles, rhombi, and other.
- Laid paper: https://www.etsy.com/shop/iBookBindingStore?section_id=26645063
- Wove paper: https://www.etsy.com/shop/iBookBindingStore?section_id=26645065
- Odd meshes: https://www.etsy.com/shop/iBookBindingStore?section_id=25584661
You can find some info on the development of the modern design of our papermaking molds here.
Another tool that went through a massive development process this year is our book scanning frame. Initially, we offered only one size suitable for books with pages up to 23 cm (9″) wide and 31 cm (12″) tall. Now we offer frames for many different sizes from miniature books to tomes up to 28×36 cm in size!
The size of the frame is important because when you put a small book on a large frame, the page would occupy only a fraction of your digital image. Thus the final resolution would be lower. With a smaller frame, you’ll get image quality limited only by your smartphone’s abilities!
Of course, bookbinding tools are also sold at our shop, as it was for quite a long time. And they remain to be our most popular products: corner cutting jigs, rounding tools, sewing frames and keys, straight edges and gauges, and more!
Almost all of them went through updates this year as well. For example, all of our corner cutting jigs and rounding tools now come with sizes imprinted on them. This way, you do not need to measure them before using them.
That’s a recent development. And we have plans on adding more things. Check them out if you need an apron, or just want to support us by buying a T-shirt or a mug!
Subscribe to Our Newsletter
And keep updated on the recent post and news published on our website!
As a subscriber, you’ll get a collection of digitized books about bookbinding as well.
Become a Contributor
There still is a chance to become a paid contributor/intern at iBookBinding. The major part of the budget is already distributed between people who replied to our initial call, but there are some options left. And we always are glad to see guest posts about bookish things. So if you’d like to share your bookish experience or show your workshop, it may be an excellent chance for us to collaborate!
There are more things planned for iBookBinding. Some of them are evolution and extension of past projects and ideas. Others are entirely new, like our e-learning program. We hope to share some of them with you pretty soon!
Thanks for being a part of our community!
Please Support us on Patreon!
Moreover, starting with the pledge level of $3, you will get a digitized vintage book about bookbinding, book history, or book arts each month from us!
These pledges help iBookBinding to continue its work and bring more information about bookbinding and book arts to you!