BUILDING YOUR BOOK KITS
Nine sheets of 8.5" x 11" paper. Sidewalk is optional.
Step #1: Count your pages
First, count exactly the number of sheets you will need. (Total # of pages divided by 4)
Movie Plots is 36 pages long, and is designed to be printed on standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper, for a finished chapbook that is 5" x 8" inches, with two pages on both sides of 9 sheets of paper (9 x 4 = 36).
Step #2: Insert Sheets & Print
The printing procedure depends on what kind of printer you have: does it draw paper from the top of the paper feed or from the bottom? Once you determine that, you're all set. We suggest you do a trial run with ordinary paper and a draft setting for your ink; once you get it down, use the best paper you can and the higest-quality ink setting.
In either case, start by loading the paper in your printer, and push PRINT; the printer will stop when it runs out of paper.
Step #3: Reinsert & Continue Printing
When the printer stops:
>>if you have a bottom-feeding printer, simply re-insert the pages exactly as they came out (with the text facing up), and the printer will resume printing.
>>if you have a top-feeding printer, reverse the order of the pages, then flip them along the short axis, re-insert them, and let the printer finish printing.
(Printers may vary, but basically there’s only one way any given printer can screw up, so if that happens, simply print again, changing just one of the variables—reversing or flipping—and the next print run should be perfect!)
Step #4: Fold Your Book
Fold the pages in half (it works best to fold each sheet individually).
If you plan to do a lot of bookmaking in the future, we recommend buying a "bone folder" (traditional book-making tool) to get crisp, clean folds every time.
Fold the cover around the pamphlet, and you're almost finished!
Step #5A: Binding with a Stapler
To staple the book, open your standard stapler flat and carefully plunge two (or three) staples in holding the flattened chapbook against a cork board...
...then bend the staples closed with pliers, a butter knife, or the like.
You can also use a saddle-stitch stapler, if you happen to have access to one.
Step #5B: Binding with a Needle & Thread
To sew the book, pre-punch holes every inch or so with a needle slightly larger than the one you're going to sew with, then sew using sturdy carpet thread or the like, leaving longish thread ends to tie off and trim when finished.
There are a variety of binding techniques, many of which can be found online. The easiest and most common is the Pamphlet Stitch.
Once you begin binding your own books, the possiblities are endless. You'll get a lot of practice with our upcoming seasons of Epiphany Book Kits, but we hope you'll choose to learn more about the ancient art of bookmaking. Some other stitches you might want to learn are the Coptic Stitch and the Japanese Stab Stitch. Welcome to the community of bookmakers!
Voilà! Your handmade collectible book is yours to read and enjoy for years to come.
Step #6: Share with your Friends
You may also, of course, print any number of copies of the chapbook without the letterpress cover, to give to your friends. The insides are designed as a stand-alone volume. Purchasers of the Book Kit are not only authorized but encouraged to make lots of copies, the only proviso being that they may not be sold, only given away for free. Or you can make your own cover, in which case your options are limited only by your imagination. If you like, you can send us a scan of your custom-made covers, and we will try to post them on this website. Have fun!