This Way to That Wonderful Feeling

March 2008
by Dar Hosta

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This Way to That Wonderful Feeling

by Dar Hosta

It’s the look of the squared and bound cover, the slick and glossy dust jacket; it’s the smell and feel of the newly printed and crisp, not-turned pages, the luxurious texture of the endsheets; it’s the realness of a real book, finished and printed and bound. It is a wonderful thing, that book-in-hand feeling, and, for those of us who know it, it brings us immeasurable satisfaction.

Just for a moment, let’s forget about the costs of a print run, forget about marketing, forget about all that’s involved in a genuine, full-scale publishing endeavor and just focus on the one thing we truly love: the book. Want to make one? In this technological day and age, it couldn’t be easier.

First, I will tell you that I have coined a name for the power that the real book holds: the magic physicality of books. The most powerful book magic seems to be experienced by those still in the dreaming and planning stage, the people who still keep their day jobs but, in conversations, say things like, “I have this great idea for a children’s book,” or, “I’ve always wanted to turn my story into a published book,” with that look in their eye. These may also be people who have collected a few rejection letters, but still have faith in their projects and a…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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