I have been working on a new personal project that I am super excited about. Books have always been a huge passion of mine. Not just reading books either, but owning books, touching books and binding books. I have even written a short book which I printed and bound myself. I like books.
This new project is one that is near and dear to my heart, and it is the printing and binding of one of my all time favorite stories, The Count of Monte Cristo. I am using the text from Project Gutenberg to create my book. I knew the book was large. I have read it twice and I have multiple copies of the book. But I wanted something that is wholly unique to me. So I am creating a two volume set of the book with each volume being just shy of 500 pages.
The actual layout of the books was quite an endeavor in and of itself. I am using Adobe InDesign to lay out the pages and this makes the job much easier. Plus, I have a printer that can utilize 11×17 sheets and can take my chronological document and print them into signatures. This saves me so much time and I don’t have to worry about making a mistake in the page layout process. I printed the two books prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and am now getting to them. They have been cut down to the size that I want and they are ready to be folded into signatures and then sewn together. I will go into more of the binding details later as I update the progress.
I will continue to keep you updated on the progress and may go into a little more detail if you wish. I was thinking about writing up a little blog post about the actual layout process that I used. There is a great deal of trial and error involved in this first printing, and I could find next to nothing on the interwebs on laying out a book like this. (I may do this just for my own memory.) I have already begun the layout of another of my favorite books in a five volume set and will share that as it gets closer.