Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Book Binding Tips - World's Largest Book Goes On Display

The National Library of Scotland will be the setting for the new display of the world's largest book, which measures 1.5 metres by 2.1 metres when open. The book, Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom was published in 2003 by a team of photographers.

Given its huge size, a special stand will have to be designed and built to display the 114-page tome, which weighs 60kg. Its arrival in the Capital will see it join another previously record-breaking book in the NLS collection. Measuring just 1mm by 1mm, the Renfrewshire-published copy of the nursery rhyme Old King Cole was until very recently the tiniest book in the world. But its place in the record books has been snatched by an even smaller book, which measures only 0.1mm less in size.

The Bhutan book, published by Friendly Planet, is made up of breathtaking photographs taken during trips through the Himalayan country. In a series of four expeditions, the group took more than 40,000 photographs, with stunning images and life-size portraits depicting life in the remote Eastern paradise of mountainous panoramas and ancient architecture.

It was created by the American academic and concert pianist, Michael Hawley, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with photographers Carolyn Bess, Sandy Choi, Dorji Drukpa, Becky Hurwitz, Choki Lhamo Kaka, Gyelsey Loday, Christopher Newell, David Salesin, and Ming Zhang. Library chiefs have paid around £8500 for one of only a handful of copies of the book with much of the money going to charitable projects in Bhutan.

The book will go on permanent display at the library and will be free for visitors to view. Cate Newton, NLS director of collection development, said it would be a memorable experience for visitors. She said: "We are very excited about the arrival of this extraordinary book, which will join the NLS collections that represent the history of publishing. The book is not only big but beautiful, with stunning photographs of the kingdom of Bhutan.

It's perhaps appropriate that one of the subjects of the world's biggest book should be mountains. *****The sheer size of the new acquisition will be brought into sharp relief by comparing it with the smallest book in the library's collection, she added. "The National Library of Scotland also collects miniature books and owns one of the world's tiniest books, a copy of Old King Cole, which measures just 1mm by 1mm and was published right here in Scotland, in Paisley, in 1985."

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Best Bookbinding Tips - BOOK Technology

It's a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just like it's cover. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -even sitting in an armchair by the fire--yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM.

Here's how it works: each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. By using both sides of each sheet, manufacturers are able to cut costs in half.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. The book may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward and backward as you wish. Most come with an "index" feature,which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for
instant retrieval.

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session--even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.

Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus...


Thursday, February 24, 2005

Best Bookbinding tips

One of the best pastes used in bookbinding is rice flour paste, not only is it the strongest of all the pastes but it also dries transparent.

The only problem with all hand-made pastes, be it wheat flour, starch or rice flour, is that it sours and moulds very quickly. A good way of preserving the life of the paste for upto 2-4 weeks is to drop a few whole cloves in the mixture before boiling, anything with a strong odour (turpentine for example) is not only a good preservant but also keeps the bugs at bay. I also find that salycilic acid (crushed asprin) is also an excellent preservant and is a formulae I use often.

If the paste needs to be a little more tenacious then mix with the flour a sixth or eighth part of its weight of powdered alum, adding gum arabic or any kind of size.

The best way of preventing bookworm can only be controlled by the binder by adding the correct formulae to the paste used for covering the books.

There is a small insect, Aglossa pinguinalis that deposits it's larvae in books in the autumn, especially in the leaves nearest the cover. These gradually produce a kind of mites that do the binding great damage.
But the most destuctive are the little wood-boring beetles, anobium pertinax and striatum. There is an instance recorded in the 19th century where, in a public library but little frequented, twenty seven folio volumes were perforated in a straight line by the same insect, in such a manner that, on passing a cord through the perfectly round hole made by it, these twenty seven volumes could be raised at once.

As already mentioned the seat of the mischief appears to lie in the binding, and the best preventative against their attacks is mineral salts, to which all insects have an aversion.

Alum and vitriol are proper for this purpose and is advisable to mix a portion with the paste used for covering the books i.e. preventative medicine is the best cure.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

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