This is a continuation of a series of posts that I started what seems like a long time ago about getting a book designed and published. The series starts here.
This is a continuation in what seemed to be a never ending struggle to get the pages to lie flat enough for the gutter-spanning images to look good.
I went to Jerry Takigawa’s office yesterday to see the latest dummy, the one with the polyurethane reactive (PUR) glue that was supposed to be applied more thinly and be more flexible, and the heavy pages, which were supposed to pull the book open more.
The spine did not tent up when the book was open:
The pages folded flatter than the picture above, but the spine stayed flat. Not what we were looking for.
The dummy book with the polyvinyl acetate (PVA) had a spine that bent properly:
However, the less viscous PVA glue had seeped through the holes created when the signatures were stitched, not only at the center of the signatures, but a little bit in the other pages. Jerry is worried that the glue seepage, which is essentially invisible in the white dummy pages, would stand out against a gutter-spanning image, or, worse, cause the ink to be pulled off the page as the book is opened.
Also, if we go with PVA, we’re taking Roswell, the bindery, outside of its comfort zone; they have essentially switched to PUR for this kind of book.
So, the choices were to re-layout the book, greatly reducing number of or eliminating all the images that span the gutter, or going with PUR and living with pages that aren’t flat.
It seemed that the heavy paper was helping a lot, and I’m tired of messing with the layout, so I said to go with the PUR binding and the heavy paper. It’s been frustrating, I’m kind of beaten down, and I figure at this point the best is probably the enemy of the good. I certainly don’t want to look for another printer.
This supposed to be fun, right?
Lynn Allan says
Frustrating. I have no experience with making books of any kind, least of all “art books”. I’d have thought you wouldn’t have to “re-invent the wheel on this”.
Any idea of how much the book will retail for? I might put in a “patron request” to our local library. It seems to be rather well funded, and typically approves many of my 20+ patron requests per year.
Yeah, me, too.
I don’t know. All in, a thousand books are going to cost me about $75 apiece. If I sell them to Amazon at cost, I don’t know how much they’ll mark them up, but I don’t think it will turn out to be an attractive price. I have in mind another way of distributing the book, and there will be a way for my blog readers to take advantage of that. That’s all I can say now.