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on December 18, 2012
Now that I've finally been able to look inside this book and check out the content and chapters, I feel a bit disappointed that I didn't have the chance to do so on Amazon before purchase, because I probably would have looked around a bit more :/
While the book does contain lots of different book binding methods, 98% of them I can honestly say I never intend to try, and do not find interesting at all. Accordion types and folding out types and all kinds of artsy construction paper weird methods that don't appeal me.
What I had in mind is the type the author glosses over at the very end of the book, the "Codex" style that, while seemingly less "contemporary" is the most respectable and widely used type (in my opinion), ie, the style in which you buy all your hardcover books today and for the last 100 years. I was hoping this book would contain a larger amount of styles for this particular method, decorations for the cover under the book cloth, stitching, etc- techniques that have been used for hundreds of years. I guess the classical method isn't as fun for most people.
In any case, if you're interested in making accordion books and T-Cut and Brush books and a whole array of useless little booklets and things that can't really be used for much, (again, my own opinion) then you would love this manual. I am into journal making and so the majority of the styles listed are totally useless to me. It's packed full of information, just not much that I will find useful.