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Re: cost of self publishing

At 05:06 PM 5/24/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>Details please Rupert!

Cold glue is more permanent. Hot glue is faster.
The most permanent method of using cold glue is to fan-glue. Get some
bookbinder's PVA glue from a local bookbindery (take a tupperware container
with you). If they won't sell you a dollar's worth, go to a local craft
store and get some Aleen's Tacky Glue.
Clamp the pages of the book between two boards, so that the spine edge of
the pages sticks up above the boards by about four inches. Bend the pages
toward you and brush on a thin coat of glue. Bend the pages away from you
and brush on another coat. Press the book under a paper-wrapped brick for
several hours. You now have a book block
Make a soft cover, using index bristol (file card material) and laminate it
on one side to protect the printing.
Score the cover, on the outside, where you want to fold it.
Put a narrow strip of glue down the front of the book block, about a 1/4
inch from the spine and parallel to it. Put a similar strip of glue down
the back of the book block.
Insert the bookblock in the cover and press under the brick for three or
four hours.
Trim the book. If you don't have a guillotine paper cutter or a plough,
take the book to a quick printer and ask them to trim the three sides.
That is absolutely all there is to it. The results are professional.
For hot glue perfect binding, the glue can be applied directly across the
spine of the book with a glue gun or you can put strips of glue on nylon
netting and store them away for future use. In either case, put the strips
about 1/2 inch apart. When you are ready to bind a book, cut off a strip of
the netting and put it between the scored and folded cover and the loose
sheets of the book.
Make a rough rack from fir plywood (not pine boards) to hold the book(s)
upright on an electric griddle. Set the griddle at 350 degrees . Put the
book(s) and the rack on the griddle for 10 or 15 seconds (you can see the
book pages descend as the glue melts. Set the book and the rack on a cool
surface and let the glue cool for five minutes.
Trim the book.
That is absolutely all there is to it. The results are professional.
If you want more details, I would be happy to provide them.

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