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Re: [BKARTS] Re SPOD Books in the bookart realm ?? !!

Hmmm, I going to have to weigh against here.

They may be "Book Arts" in the same sense that glicee posters are "Prints". There is definitely room for them in the market but what are the advantages/disadvantages to them being called "art". If one can sign and number them and charge a elevated price with a little alteration (remember, Thomas Kinkade hand retouches his poster/ paintings to make them "art") then in my opinion buyer beware or at least understand the process. Do they in the end make my books more valuable then to a educated buyer and how many of those are left?

Are artist books about content or form or function? I think the later two mostly. Fine press books ideally contain all three where the craftsperson has hands on direct control over every element of the creation process and whose only limitations are of skill level and tools, not over what formats are supported by a service bureau.

Finally, let's consider the archival nature of these things if that's a concern to you at all.

There's room for SPOD but not in the same realm I hope. Will there be book art shows that will have to exclude such books like fine art shows exclude glicee prints?

I like the idea of doing a SPOD book as the 2nd edition to a "real" artists book and selling it at a considerably reduced price as a affordable reproduction but then there is no attempt at calling it something it's not.

Intriguing question though and it'll be an interesting discussion here to say the least.

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On Sep 17, 2008, at 8:27 PM, Jim Karr wrote:

As a photographer the only mass press-printed books I'd consider are those printed by the photo labs that are calibrated more for photography. I don't do plain text, which is huge difference in the way I look at this topic. For pure ART books, I can't see a lot of these sites competing. However, I've only used Blurb. I heard for photos/art that LuLu was more appropriate.

That's my $.02. Back to my real art binding I go. :)

philip zimmermann wrote:
Of course self-published, on demand books can be artists' books.

There are already many examples out there. Keith Smith, Scott McCarney and
Clifton Meador have all done many books using lulu.com

Clif has an excellent essay on using lulu to make artists' book. Go to :

Clif sells his books directly through lulu.com. Keith and Scott sell theirs
after having the printing done by lulu and then later in the studio
rebinding them.

Visual Studies Workshop Press long ago switched from offset lithography to
HP Indigo printing, which is just a slightly different form of on- demand
publishing, since quantities as low as one can be printed once the book has
been digitally set up and approved, and all settings saved.

My artists' book classes are using Blurb.com

-Phil Zimmermann

On 9/17/08 9:25 AM, you wrote:


An extremely interesting set of questions I have not had any SPOD books made
but have given serious consideration to the possibility.

I had not considered them within the realm of OEbookart¹ or OEartists books¹

But it could be a possibility especially if one were to make ones own
slipcase or container and to amend them to include fold out sections and so

I would really like to hear peoples responses on this.

My initial thoughts were oh no they are not handmade so cant really be
considered but for someone like me who is not the most gifted in terms of
craftsmanship and someone to whom the content would be more my strength

Lets see what people think.

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