About

In this blog I discuss bookbinding topics and various other self-publishing issues. My name is Kirk Whitham and I am the creator of the Atomic Binding Machine, an affordable little gizmo that allows you to bind your own books at home using easily available materials.

Check back for updates on the state of the publishing world, good books I have read or any other thing that interests me (and hopefully interests you as well).

Kirk Whitham

Atomic Publishing
Home of the Atomic Binding Machine
  1. Wynand
    March 4, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Greetings from South Africa! I have been follwing your blog for a while and have one question if I may.

    When I do my own binding my pages from my Lazer printer tend to curl and thus give me an unequal look. How can one overcome this problem?

    Anyhow thanks for all the wonderfull info

    W

    • March 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      That’s a good question, and a tricky one. Laser printers fuse toner to the paper by means of heat, and some types of paper simply don’t respond well to the heat. I’m not sure what type of paper you’re using. I would suggest using paper that is at least 24lb. Also, some printers tend to apply a bit too much heat. I had much bigger problems with curling from my old Brother Printer than with my HP 4700.

      I print on some types of art paper that are bad about curling. After printing, try pressing the pages in a book press or use a board and some weights on top of the pages. I will usually let the printed pages set for at least a day before I attempt to bind them. I realize this isn’t always practical, but it does seem to help. I hope this helps.

  2. Wynand
    March 7, 2011 at 1:56 am

    HI

    Thanks so much. Seems to be a bit of a Brother problem.

    Kind Regards
    W

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