Hi, my name is Emma. I am new to this group and am seeking help:
I am a postgraduate student at Oxford Brookes University in England,
studying for a Masters degree in Publishing. I am currently writing a
dissertation on miniature books and would be very grateful if you
could help me by answering some questions. My dissertation focuses on
production techniques employed in miniature printing and binding,
specifically how computer technology has influenced and changed the
I would be grateful for as many replies as possible: any input would
be much appreciated and any information would be treated
confidentially. I understand that time is a valuable
commodity and trade secrets have to be respected, so please
ignore questions you find difficult or inappropriate and add as
much detail as you have time to include. Specifically I am
interested in any information regarding the way you print and
bind your books.
All I can offer in return is to email my finished thesis to any
contributors who are interested, but my experience with people in the
miniature book world so far has been of a close-nit group of very
friendly people - a group I hope to join!
Thank you very much for help.
1. How did you get into miniature book making?
2. How long have you been making miniature books?
3. Do you print and bind your books, or do you out source to
printers and/or binders? In which case, are they specialist
printers/binders? Do you use moveable type?
4. How much do you use computer technology in making miniature
books? If you do your own printing, do you print from the
computer, or do you use a hand press or another technique?
5. How has the way you make miniature books changed over the
course of your career?
6. Has the widespread introduction of the Internet affected the
way you sell and market your books?
7. Where do you mainly sell your books? Via the web, specialist
publications, collectors' fairs, special bookshops, craft
8. How has the way you sell your books changed over the past 5 -
10 years (or as long as you have been in business)?
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!