This is just neat: this man on Reddit made his own book, in a very literal sense. He has good reason for not buying it: it is originally in a different language, without an official English translation. But he procured the English version and wanted to keep it on his shelf. Ta-da, build-your-own-book!
The process is both complicated and relatively simple. It looks time-consuming, but that shouldn’t be a barrier to anyone who is really passionate about the idea.
The steps essentially are:
- Acquire text for book. Print it out on good paper.
- Fold printed pages into “signatures” (folded-in-half sections).
- Measure where the stitches for the binding should go.
- Poke holes into each signature. Looks time-consuming.
- Sew the signatures to each other. (Careful about keeping those suckers in order.)
- Put glue on the outside edge of the stitched pages. Let dry.
- Trim and sand down rough edges on the pages.
- Acquire old hardcover book you don’t want; remove the cover (you could also make your own. See Pinterest).
- Add cover pages and any other details to your text.
- Recover your new book cover.
- Glue in the pages.