April 22, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a paper book.

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

CCLaP's very first paper book

They're not for sale yet, but I at least wanted to finish this week with the fantastic news that CCLaP's very first paper book (and I mean literally the very first copy) is finally done and busy drying in my apartment as we speak. For those who don't know, this is the launch of a new series this year through the center's publishing wing called the "Hypermodern Editions," paper versions of all our electronic books in forms that are collector-worthy (handmade, handbound, coptic stitching, a signature page, a ridiculously detailed Colophon), but reasonably priced for all you beginning and/or part-time book collectors like me, something cool to put on your coffee table but that will only cost you around the same amount as a trade paperback. (And in fact, these Hypermodern Editions serve equally just as practice for me and bookbinding, lots and lots of practice before the center offers its first truly expensive title this holiday season, Ben Tanzer's New York Stories which will feature 21 color illustrations on vellum sheets as well, but also cost $60.)

Since it's the book currently being heavily promoted right now, I thought I would start with Mark R. Brand's Life After Sleep, to help complement the cool weird USB "BookCard" thingies we recently made as well, both of which will now start getting sold at all of Mark's and CCLaP's future live events; but unlike the BookCards, you'll be able to order the paper books online and have them shipped to you if you want, with the recycled-paper version like you see here being $15 (plus $5 shipping), or $20 ($25) for the version with cotton sheets. Those will be available to US customers and will ship via USPS Priority Mail, which means they'll take only two or three days and come with their own tracking number; you'll be able to buy them directly here at the website via Paypal, like the electronic books, or at CCLaP's new Etsy store which is getting set up next month, where I'll also be selling customized high-end blank notebooks for $20 as well. And then as the summer continues and I take my next bookbinding class, eventually there will be Hypdermodern Editions of these titles also available in a traditional rounded-back, cased-in hardback form (you know, like the books you see at bookstores), but which will otherwise look and cost the same as the Coptic version you see in these photos.

Anyway, I've still got a few more weeks to go before I've built up a decent merchandise stock, gotten all my mailing supplies delivered, and set up my new merchant accounts online; but like I said, I'm just deliriously happy with how this first one has come out, sitting here right now in my apartment getting smushed into its final flattened state, so I at least wanted to hop online and start the weekend by sharing a bunch of photos of it with you. As always, more information about these coming paper editions as soon as I know it myself. Happy Easter this weekend to those who celebrate it!

Filed by Jason Pettus at 11:36 AM, April 22, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Design | Literature |