Making a Book from Scratch is More Work Than You Think (video)

Making a Book from Scratch is More Work Than You Think (video) Blast from the Past Paper Johannes Gutenberg is widely credited with making books easier to produce and thus changing society by making ideas easier to share, but as you will learn from the following videos Gutenberg merely industrialized one part of the complex and intricate process of making a book.

Over the past few months the good folks over at How to Make Everything have posted a series of videos that show how you can use modern tech to make each of the historical parts of a book.

Starting with pounding papyrus into a sheet, the videos show us how to make paper, hemp, cotton, and wood pulp; how to make a pencil, brush, quill pen, and ink; how to tan and cut a hide for the cover, and finally how to bind the book.

The result looks like this:

Making a Book from Scratch is More Work Than You Think (video) Blast from the Past Paper

You can watch a montage of the steps involved in the first video (found via Sploid), but you should also watch all the other videos. They'll give you insight into the historical aspects of writing and book making.

For example, the selection of writing implements available to scribes drove the development of written language in ways which aren't obvious until you see the implements being made and used. Also, the segments on papermaking helped me understand why we've standardized on wood pulp as the source for paper, and the videos have given me an appreciation for just how much time is saved when a modern book binder/printer uses prepared materials rather than making it all from scratch (industrialization is a wonderful thing).

Montage

 

Intro

 

Papermaking: Papyrus, Parchment, and Wood Pulp

 

Papermaking: Hemp and Cotton

 

Pencil and Brush

 

Quill Pen

 

Printing Press

 

Bookbinding & Conclusion

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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