Watch a Book Being Born


We don’t know about you, but we never really think about how physical books get put together — and as e-readers become more and more prominent, the art of book-binding will probably become even more forgotten. This short film of a book being assembled with traditional printing methods, created for the UK’s Daily Telegraph, is a beautiful little snapshot of the printing process, so simple and lovely it seems almost like a dance, and reminded us how much we like the smell of book glue. We were surprised at how much delicate human labor goes into each book — painting, pressing, scrubbing — and imagined how sticky the glue-painters’ fingers might be after a long day of work. The good kind of sticky, though. Click through to watch the video, and let us know what you think in the comments!

[via Fubiz]