Monday, December 24, 2007

What is bookbinding?

Books are the greatest source of knowledge for us. Long time ago people used to write on rocks,clay tablets, animal skin, leaves and other such stuff for storing their knowledge. This method was quite difficult to maintain. So people could not document each and every thing at that time. 

After some time people invented the paper. This was good news for people of knowledge because paper is very light weight and it can be used to store much more information than the previous generations could do. When some information was noted on these papers it had to be somehow bounded together. This resulted in the craft known as bookbinding.

According to wikipedia - 

"Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper or other material. "

The majority of books are bounded using machines nowadays. But there are some people who enjoy doing it by hand. They make various types of bookbindings and store as artwork. Bookbinding by hand also helps self publishing authors who find difficulty with publishing houses. 

These were some of the points about bookbinding and the main focus of this blog will be various things related to bookbinding by hand. 

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