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HIGHLIGHTS | The magical birth of books

Book sales are soaring in summer, when everyone has more time to immerse in the magical world of books. In our current selection, we’ve gathered books that are as diverse in content as they are in appearance. Here comes a selection of laid-back summer books!

Let’s start with a few interesting facts: this time we show you the steps of book production. Although there is a wide variety of books that come out of different design processes, but the production process is broadly similar for almost all of them. Once the idea for a book is born, the author is the first person to take on the task. Beyond a solid outline and character sketches, one has to look for a publisher and write the text of the book. The publisher will be responsible for managing the project—providing financial and professional support—and coordinating the book’s publication and sales. In many cases, the publisher will also assist the author with the copywriting, but for more experienced, self-directed writers this is a longer, more solitary creative process. The editor edits the material received from the author and makes suggestions for improvements. After many rounds of proofreading and finalization of the textual content of the book, the editing process is completed by the expert proofreader. Then comes the illustrative and visual layout. Here, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers might be given a free hand, but the work is usually limited by the page-setting, the page numbers and the final design.

Binding is the process of creating the final shape of the book: the specialist designs all the pages of the book, inserts the illustrations and creates the book. Once the editorial process is complete and the author has accepted the results, production can begin. Books are usually printed in large numbers on large printing presses: the page pairs and sheets are printed and sent to the bindery. Two different types of bookbinding processes are distinguished: they can result in a soft-bound book or a hard-bound book. Soft binding is a simpler gluing process and a thinner cover, in which case the book can be bent. Hard binding is a more complex process, in which the cover is laminated to hard cardboard, so that it cannot be bent. After the printed and glued covers and the already fixed, glued, and cut inside pages are glued together, the finished book is ready to be handed over.

Despite all the automation and robotics, book publishing remains an incredibly complex process, requiring a wide range of skills, but at the end of the line or on the shelves of a shop, every time we pick up a book, all our annoyances disappear and the results speak for themselves.

Vestre Inspiration | Oslo, Norway
Tank Design
Ina Brantenberg
Bendik Hattvang Larsen

Adventures in Philosophy | Dublin, Írország
Paula McGloin

Molly Baz – Cook this Book | Paris, France
Violaine & Jeremy

George Orwell | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rafael Nobre Studio

Mulheres | Londrina / Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lasca Studio
Ana Matsusaki

Elugrottam a Plútóra, holnap jövök! | Budapest, Hungary
Róbert Farkas
Barbara Bernát

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