But really, this video explains, in three minutes twenty-nine minutes, the basics of book binding as defined in the 16th century. While much of this is automated today, and some corners are cut, the basics of book binding are pretty much unchanged in 500 years.
(If the music bothers you, mute it. There’s no value to the sound in understanding the subject.)
(This post was originally published in my standard blog.)
I’m a big fan of books. Not just the stories, but the book construction as well. From bindings, paper choice, typeset, typography, layout, it’s all interesting to me.
Mark Z. Danielewski is most famous for House of Leaves, an inventive experimental work of layered stories and typographic morphing of most everything we think of as the printed page.
In this video I do a short review of House of Leaves for those who are not familiar with the work (and to allow those familiar with it to berate and chastise me for “getting it wrong” I suspect) and then do an unboxing of his latest work The Fifty Year Sword, which comes in a unique box and exhibits some of the same traits found in House of Leaves.
I hope you enjoy, and I hope those trying to make a purchase decision on this book are aided in their decision making.