The first time I learned about phase boxes, I was on a tour of The Leeds Library. It was conducted by their bookbinder, Brian Cole, who ventured up from the depths of the library basement to show us around.
Nowadays when people talk about communication security, they usually mean computer encryption. The thing about being a bookbinder, though, is that you tend to have a fondness for outdated technology. And before the internet, tracking numbers, and self-sealing envelopes, there was letterlocking.
Recent data from the Bookseller Association reveals that after 20 years of decline, the number of independent bookstores is on the rise again.
Dark Delicacies, a horror bookstore in Burbank California, was saved from closure largely due to the endorsements of celebrity patrons such as sci-fi director Guillermo del Toro, and horror novelists Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow.
Pop-up books are something that makes my mind spin. I never tried making one, and even while I understand some of the underlying three-dimensional geometry, I still can't stop holding breath when seeing some new examples of the craft.
The municipal library of Le Havre hadn't as reach a collection as other Norman libraries, that of Rouen, for example. However, there were some liturgical manuscripts of great value there.
Every year six bindings are made by Fellows of Designer Bookbinders. 2018 wasn't an exception. In this video, Angela James, a Fellow and former President of the society, talks about the process, and about her own work.