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The Evolution of Bookbinding

Without bookbinding, we probably wouldn’t have any books as we know them today.

Without bookbinding, we probably wouldn’t have any books as we know them today. The process of bookbinding has been developing ever since humans started assembling books. Here is a look at how books have been bound differently as times change and technology improves. Read more »

4 Reasons to Invest in a Professionally-Designed Book Cover

The book cover is one of the most important ways to draw in readers and convince booksellers that the book is worth the time, money, and energy that goes into the book’s publication.

Once a book has been published, the next step is to market it successfully. The book cover is one of the most important ways to draw in readers and convince booksellers that the book is worth the time, money, and energy that goes into the book’s publication. Thus, the importance of investing in a professional-grade cover for your next book cannot be overstated. Read more »

Advice for Writers: How to Write an Acknowledgments Page

For aspiring authors and self-published writers, creating this essential element of their book can be tricky.

For many experienced authors, writing an acknowledgments page won’t seem like a problem. They already know who they would like to thank for helping make their latest bestseller a reality. But for aspiring authors and self-published writers, creating this essential element of their book can be tricky. Read more »

How to Prevent Eye Strain

Let’s say that you enjoy staying up late at night to read. Here’s how to prevent eye strain, no matter what you’re reading!

Let’s say that you enjoy staying up late at night to read. It’s something you’ve done since you were a child, until one of your parents has to come in and tell you to go to sleep. With the rise of e-readers, tablets, and smartphones, reading in the low light has become even more common. Here’s how to prevent eye strain, no matter what you’re reading! Read more »

From Cave Walls to Mass Market Paperbacks: A Short History of Books

Although today books seem to be declining in favor of e-readers or other electronic media, the bestseller lists you dream of cracking should tell that physical books are still very much alive.

Books are without a doubt one of the greatest inventions in the history of human culture. Although today books seem to be declining in favor of e-readers or other electronic media, the bestseller lists you dream of cracking should tell that physical books are still very much alive. Read more »

4 Well-Known Authors Who Self-Published

If you’re an aspiring author, you may be thinking about the self-publishing route to fame and glory. Who are some famous authors you idolize?

Every writer wants to be published some day. The way they achieve that dream could be a little unorthodox, or in a different way than they originally expected to do – someone who develops an interest in writing plays and fiction may end up as a journalist, or maybe they’ll be a ghostwriter who tells the life story of other people. If you’re an aspiring author, you may be thinking about the self-publishing route to fame and glory. Who are some famous authors you idolize? Read more »

Tips for Taking Care of Your Books

With proper care, books can last a lifetime for you to enjoy.

When you own something, it is important to take care of it and protect it so it can last as long as possible and you can get the most out of its use. Common knowledge will tell you the better you take care of something, the longer it will last for you. This logic can extend to many items you may own, including books. Yes, even books can fall victim to wear and tear unforeseen damages and will not last forever, but with proper care, books can last a lifetime for you to enjoy. Here is how you can do that for your books. Read more »

The Importance of Dust Jacketing

The primary function of dust jacketing for books is to help maintain and preserve them.

As a society, we try to avoid judging others based on their appearance. We do this because you never quite know what a person, place, or thing is capable of or all about until after you get to know it a bit. A person who does not show up to an interview dressed professionally may turn out to be the hardest worker you will ever meet. Or the most beautiful restaurant you have ever stepped inside of may, in fact, have awful food. The same can be said about books. It is true that you can never judge a book by its cover, but it is also true that the cover is still an important part of the book. Thus making the cover, or the dust jacket, an essential part of the book. Read more »

The Impact of Fonts on the Reader’s Experience

When it comes to writing a book, the font is often overlooked. However, fonts have a tremendous impact on the reader’s experience.

When it comes to writing a book, the font is often overlooked. However, fonts have a tremendous impact on the reader’s experience. The typeset for the content can make a reader lose interest or give up in frustration if it is too small. That’s one advantage of e-readers, where the users can make the font bigger or smaller depending on their comfort level. Read more »

Science Says: Reading is Good For You

For years, reading has been considered an intellectual pastime. But now, science has confirmed that it is good for you beyond sharpening your mind.

For years, reading has been considered an intellectual pastime. But now, science has confirmed that it is good for you beyond sharpening your mind. Here are some scientifically-proven reasons to read as much as possible. Read more »