One of the joys of publishing books: getting to choose paper! And one of the sorrows: realising how limited our choices in this country really are...
After weeks, I finally decided upon acid-free Japanese cream 84gsm paper. It ain't so cheap but it's nice. The close runner-up was actually this paper that me and the printer started calling "the Shahrizat paper" because that's what the politician is using for a hardcover puff book about herself. But the Japanese cream trumps it because it won't yellow with age. (It's already cream, anyway...)
Since this book is going to be in a "weird shape" (as I have been told often), it was also extra-difficult to get paper that came in the right size, without too much wastage. But I am glad I chose this format; a normal-sized paperback would not have been as fun to work with.
Thanks to Chuah Guat Eng who introduced me to the paper supplier! Her name is Fallon, which of course brought back fond memories of Alexis, Blake, Krystal, Adam, Stephen and the rest of the gang*
The first print run is gonna be 1,500 books, which requires 14,000 sheets of paper.
* Some of you may be too young or too serious to remember. Ah! Too bad.