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Re: BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 3 Jul 2000 to 4 Jul 2000 (#2000-181)

>Date:    Tue, 4 Jul 2000 16:23:40 -0400
>Subject: Question on DP programs and copiers-
>Basically, I'm looking for a quick breakdown on different DP programs- what
>I'd most like is one where you can take a straight block of text (say,
>several thousand words long) and drop it into a template that would organize
>your text into a print ready format for signatures.  Actually, a variety of
>templates would be nice so I could experiment with different
>bindings/signature thicknesses/papers etc.
>Right now I'm using Word (the textbox function) with one document per
>signature.  Needless to say it's very time consuming to add or delete
>something significant since then I have to move everything in front or
>behind it. . .if that makes any sense.  Also there's the problem of sizing
>the text boxes correctly.  I can trundle along this way, but I dream of a
>program that might make my life easier (not simply equally laborious along
>different lines).
>I'm on a pretty limited budget right now so any knock-off programs that
>might get the job done without excessive bells and whistles would be good to
>hear about.

Since you are on a limited budget, and already have a standard word
processor, you don't need another program to produce books. Choose the
paper size you want to use and set your margins. If you want to print
signatures, divide the page, flow the text into place and print each
signature as a booklet. If you have a duplexing laser printer, the process
is much easier.

If you want to Perfect bind, you can print the whole book as a booklet, and
cut the printed pages in two, with no collating or gathering needed.

If you need more information, please contact me.

>OK- the second question concerns photocopying and other mass reproductions.
>If I wanted to put out affordable chapbooks, what might be my best option
>regarding mass reproduction?  Specifically, I'm worried that if I have
>sheets photocopied the toner will bleed or smudge in heat or humidity. .
>.yet there have been some discussions that suggest list members regularly
>use laser and inkjet printers?

Humidity will not affect toner if it doesn't destroy the paper. Heat lower
than 125 degrees Fahrenheit will not affect toner if it is properly adhered
to the paper by the printer fuser rolls. The test for proper adherence is
simple, involving use of a 3M adhesive tape.

>RJ McCaffery
>Eye Dialect
>Date:    Mon, 3 Jul 2000 17:57:25 -0400
>From:    Tom Bannister <tom@BOOKARTS.COM>
>Subject: Hand Papermaking's August Auction
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>Just a quick note to let everyone know that twenty-four donated items
>related to Hand Papermaking will go to the highest bidder on August 12. All
>proceeds benefit our non-profit mission. Bids are accepted by phone or
>e-mail beginning August 1, and the items are available for viewing now at
>Further details can be found on our site. Contact me directly (off the list)
>with any questions at handpapermaking@bookarts.com. You can also request to
>be put on our list to receive daily e-mail updates once the bidding begins.
>Many thanks,
>Tom Bannister :: (800) 821-6604 :: fax (301) 220-2394
>Page Two, Inc :: PO Box 77167 :: Washington, DC 20013
>Hand Papermaking :: Box 77027 :: Washington, DC 20013
>Date:    Tue, 4 Jul 2000 18:41:27 -0400
>From:    Tim Sheppard <tim@LILLIPUT-P.WIN-UK.NET>
>Subject: Re: Gutenberg Bible
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> >The Goettingen State and University Library has announced the final
> >version of its digitized Gutenberg Bible. All 1,282 pages of the
> >Bible, one of only four complete, illuminated copies on vellum, have
> >been scanned and placed online in both German and English versions.
>You may like to know that there is also an affordable paperback
>facsimile of a Gutenberg Bible available. It's about a quarter the
>height of the original, but with all the illuminations pretty
>clear. I bought mine in Mainz, near the Museum, so I'm not sure
>where the best place to get it is, but I'm sure a bookdealer could
>obtain it. I haven't checked the online site to see whether that is
>the same version. I only point this out because for an
>enthusiast to browse all the pages online would be rather arduous!
>Some people may not realise that there is no one complete
>illuminated Gutenberg Bible version. Each one was printed without
>illumination and left to the owner to commission binding and
>illumination, so each is unique - some considerably more beautiful
>or elaborate than others.
>Tim Sheppard                    tim@lilliput-p.win-uk.net
>Lilliput Press   -   Publisher of fine books in miniature
>England                         http://www.lilliput.co.uk
>                       The Storytelling FAQ is hosted here
>Date:    Tue, 4 Jul 2000 19:16:12 EDT
>From:    Barbara Harman <ArtSurvive@AOL.COM>
>Subject: Re: women/men in book arts
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>In a message dated 07/03/2000 10:44:08 AM, minsky@MINSKY.COM writes:
><< One of the problems we face is that the book art audience is the most
>sophisticated of any art medium. It requires textual and visual literacy. It
>is tactile, time-dimensional and interactive. It's not something you
>generally color-coordinate with a couch. It's private rather than
>ostentatious. >>
>I found myself saying Yeah! Why I do it at all! Thanks again Richard, and as
>always, for your intelligent analysis.
>I recently split with my gallery here because not only was my work not
>evident on the gallery walls, but they refused to even consider showing my
>books, although this IS Minnesota and there is probably more interest and
>knowledge about book arts here than in many other places. Richard's comment
>about the monetary value of book arts relative to painting is undoubtedly one
>reason for the limited interest on the commercial side of the art machine.
>Barbara Harman
>Date:    Tue, 4 Jul 2000 20:02:48 -0400
>From:    felice tebbe <ftebbe@BLUE.WEEG.UIOWA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Paper and Hazardous Substances
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>I have just finished a thesis entitled "The Solvents and Corrosives of the
>Printmaker's Studio". The toxnet database is very helpful but confusing for
>non-toxicologists. The composition of inks is very hard to decipher because
>of the "secret" receipts that each ink company guards. The best source for
>the inks are the actual MSDS sheets that come with them in delivery.
>I will be posting my thesis, in a comprehensive form, on my web site later
>this summer. I will send a notice on the book_arts-L list when it is up and
>If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
>Take care,
>Felice Tebbe
>At 09:21 PM 6/26/00 -0400, you wrote:
> > I received this note and several citations from Teri Lynn Hebert. I am
> >passing them on to the list.
> >
> >Dick Grant
> >
> >>>>
> >The Hazardous Substances Data base is available for free searching at
> >http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?HSDB
> >I searched on printing inks and got a long list.  Each entry has
> >info about toxicity for humans as well as animals.  It tells what
> >each chemical is used in - eg newspapers, general printing, comic books,
> >etc. If an ink has any heavy metals in, they are quite active in
> >slurries of ground up paper, so you and your students definitely should
> >be using gloves:  arsenic, chromium, lead etc are nasty things.  Go
> >check out this site...
> >Teri Lynn
> ><<<
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