Potential downtime this weekend

Starting tomorrow (or perhaps this evening, if I’m feeling up to it), Binding Obsession will be making the move to a self-hosted WordPress.org installation. WordPress.com has been good to me, but I’m starting to feel stifled by its limitations, and if I’m going to spend money to make this website look the way I want it […]

A day of storms

In addition to the bradel binding featured in my last entry, I created a few other books for my recent wedding. (Not to mention all of those paper hearts!) Now that M and I have returned and recovered from our trip to Scotland, I thought I’d take a look at a few of the details […]

The beer book: A bradel binding

Bradel bindings are a style of German, hollow-backed, cased-in structure. I’d mentioned in a previous entry that I was going to attempt this structure, and I showed an in-progress shot of the text block. Well, I can now happily show off its final form. The book is intended as a space for M to store […]

In the news: It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

It’s been a while since I’ve done an In the news post, so here we are! I know I got a bit silly with the title, but the theme this time around is that pervasive, foreboding sense—or myth—that things in the book world are on the decline. From The Christian Science Monitor Think that reading is going […]

The road goes ever on and on…

It’s not official yet, but it’s close enough—I’ve finished graduate school. I have a Master’s of Science. And I’m about to get married and take my first European vacation in over ten years. (I fell in love with Europe on that trip so long ago; I look forward to doing so again.) Oh, and I […]

State of the Obsession address

Hello, friends! Contrary to popular opinion, I have not, in fact, died. It has just been an incredibly busy semester. I knew it would be unlikely that I’d have time to do much binding, but I did expect to at least be able to keep up with the blog. Unfortunately, between two jobs, a compressed […]

The miniature book, or a world of wonder in a tiny package

As defined by the Miniature Book Society—yes, it exists—a miniature book is one that does not exceed three inches in height, width, or thickness. (Outside of the United States, four inches is often considered the standard.) Popular in the past because of their portability and the ease of concealment, miniature books today often appear in the […]

Dusting off an old book-repair manual

There are a couple of old book-repair manuals on my bench at Beatley Library that, up to this point, I have more or less ignored in favor of my own collection at home. One is in many ways an advertising piece from Demco, and the other is sort of a mix between a general non-fiction […]