Thursday, 17 January 2008

The paper

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.

7 comments:

Pakcik Luar Otak said...

All the best with the book bro.

Semua yang terbaik dengan buku itu abang.

Maaf jika translasi memanduli suasana.

Selamat.

Scout said...

Dynasty! I was 6 and used to watch it with my mother. My father wasn't pleased. I wanted to grow up and marry a guy just like Adam. God knows why, since he was a complete turdbrain... I sure hope I know how to pick 'em better now.

Am greatly looking forward to the book...

Scout said...

Ahem! And by the way... wasn't it Krystle?

Anonymous said...

I too remember Alexis, Blake, Krystal (Krystle?), et. al. :-) .

-- Preeta

Anonymous said...

ah.. the trees....

Amir said...
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Amir said...

Ah yes, Krystle it is!

As for paper, the recycled stuff is too expensive. Some people still balk at the price for Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things which is on 100% recycled paper.