Last week was our first week without the indomitable Kristen Perkins. Kristen has moved on to new adventures and has left Edition One Books better than she found it. We will miss her sheer energy, endless enthusiasm, and her dedication to our customers and the well-being of the company itself. We wish her the best, and know that many of our clients will feel the same.
At Edition One Books, we’ve long been proud of the fact that our products are 100% made in America. We’re not just talking about the stuff we do here in Berkeley either. From the adhesive, to the book board, to the paper – all of of it is made in the USA. We’re proud of our quality and especially proud to be doing our own small part to rejuvenate manufacturing here at home.
If you’ve visited our site in the last few days, you may have noticed our new Made in the USA graphic at the bottom right of every page. We love it and want to thank our favorite designer and illustrator Gregoire Vion for knocking out a few great logos quickly when we asked him to help us highlight our Made in the USA pride.
We are pleased to announce a new kind of book to Edition One Books’ line of offerings;
SADDLE STITCHED BOOKLETS! These small soft cover books are perfect for your projects that are 12 to 40 pages including the cover. Booklets can be as small as 6 by 6 inches and as large and 11 inches high by 8.5 inches wide. The minimum quantity per order is 40 copies.
Chandler Fine Art has already taken advantage of this new product offering for tomorrow night’s opening of Susumu Takashima’s Drawing for Mediums. Designed by Christin Minnotte, this exhibition catalog is a wonderful example of how to take advantage of these booklets.
We’ve got all kinds of reasons to celebrate at Edition One this week. One of our staff received her MFA, two got their BFA’s, and one had a birthday. We’ve also been working on some really neat books lately – one of my personal favorites comes from Rob Brulinski and Alex Wein over at the Copycat Project. With portraits of the Copycat building’s eclectic collection of residents, this large photo book is well-designed and the photography is awesome. You can order a copy on their website, or check out their facebook page.
More great projects to come, so for now enjoy these little snapshots of a typical birthday day at Edition One:
Happy birthday, Erika!
The group takes a break for some birthday cake.
Raspberry mocha torte from a local bakery.
Cases ready to be stamped.
Book blocks before binding.
The guys work with the binding machine.
Kurt binds his first book.
And as usual, yours truly is in front of the foil stamping machine.
It is with great happiness that we announce the debut of SCREEN PRINTING at Edition One Books! We’ve been working on this new feature for a bit now and it’s really exciting. As far as this author knows, we’re the only company in our niche industry to provide such a cool finishing option. If you got our e-mail, you know all about this already. But if you haven’t, you probably want to consider signing up for our mailing list so you can be in the know before everyone else.
Screen printing will be available for both hard and soft cover books and in an array of eight colors (shown above) plus standard black and white. This affords so many possible combinations with our existing linen and art paper stocks (286 to be exact, but I was no math major). And because we have just the one sample so far, we’re offering a HUGE discount of $90 to all screen printed orders from now until the end of May. So get cracking – we can’t wait to see your designs!
Hey everyone! Charlotte here with another weekly recap at Edition One. First of all, I’m pleased to announce that we will be offering screen printing for hard cover books starting this April. For you this means a slightly less expensive alternative to foil stamping and more design flexibility. You get more coverage, a variety of colors, and a unique decoration for your self-published oeuvre. I’ll have all the details and colors worked out by April, so for now enjoy these early samples we received today.
Also, as promised in a video Ben and I made about foil stamping, I present to you a video of myself using a big, heavy machine to foil stamp some black art paper covers. You can just see the die affixed to the plate, under which I place the gold foil before using both hands to safely tell the machine to smash the pigment onto the paper. Sound confusing? Watch the linked video and then watch this:
Finally, some photos of a really nice photography book we reprinted for Charles Traub. It’s a large hard cover book with a printed wrap featuring photographs from around the USA. I find them quirky (definitely a compliment in my book), poignant, and reflective of a unique perspective on the American cultural landscape. Check out his website for an interactive experience with the images. Thanks for reading – I’ll be back at you next week!
Things have started to pick up at our studios this week with large hard cover orders with plenty of custom features like slip-cases, inset images, and foil stamping. I always enjoy working on these kind of projects because they’re fun to make and the end result is beautiful. Those books are still in the beginning stages (boards and cloth are being prepped to send through our awesome case-making machine), so in the meantime I shot a short video to show how a hard cover book is “cased-in” by hand. This process of gluing the book block into its custom-fit case definitely takes some practice and requires steady, sure hands. This video shows the casing-in of The Madison Club books from last week.
On the soft cover side of things, we sent out a great book from photographer Teru Kuwayama called Bastrack: One-Eight. Please excuse the cell phone quality images – they don’t do this amazing work justice!
Thanks for reading and I’ll be back at you next week with a new video, the announcement of a cool new finishing option if all goes to plan, and more books, of course! Have a great weekend, everyone.
This week a little slower than usual at the Edition One studios but we didn’t let that deter us from making great things like this video about our hot foil-stamping services. We definitely recommend foil-stamping because it makes for a really nice, polished finish to your hard cover books. Our stock colors are silver (shiny or dull), gold, red, black, and white. We can also do a “blind” stamp (no foil) for a simple yet stately debossed look. Watch the video now for more information:
We also sent out a couple neat hard cover orders. One of which we were happy to reprint for the San Francisco-based BAR Architects that features a front, black foil-stamp and our dark gray linen book cloth.
Our new Facebook page has been steadily gaining fans (are you one yet?) and we’ve been rewarding them with cool videos, links to our clients’ blogs, and photos.
Finally, the author of this post (Charlotte) sent out a big hello to our mailing list contacts. If you’d like to stay in the loop via email, sign up for our newsletter by clicking right here.
• We’ve joined Facebook. Check out our new page for updates, photos, and other cool stuff like promotions and discounts.
• And to top it all off, we’re running a promotion through the end of March 2012. Existing customers who refer a friend or colleague to Edition One Books deserve some thanks! Just tell your friend to mention your name when placing their order, and we’ll discount your next order: 10% off of softcover books or 15% off a hardcover books. This discount can be applied once per order.