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even numbers face down. Since this can be         3
tricky, I usually convert the Publisher file into  5
a PDF file. The reason for doing this is that
PDF files have more opƟons for prinƟng than
Publisher. Having selected my paper—perhaps
Mondi colour copy 90 or 100 gsm—I load the
boƩom tray of my larger laser printer (which
is slower, but cheaper to run) and print the
whole book, even pages only. Then I return
the printed pages to the tray and print the
odd pages only. Depending on your printer
and the way it operates, it may be necessary
to reverse the print order, that is, print from
the last page to the first. Just experiment!
SomeƟmes it may be necessary to reverse the
pages manually aŌer prinƟng, and that is the
Ɵme to check that the page order is perfect. If
pages sƟck together on either print run, then
the page sequencing will be wrong and this is
difficult to correct. Fan your paper before use!

The book Lest We Forget has nine pages
printed both sides in colour for the
illustraƟons and I print these separately using
beƩer paper and operaƟng the printer in
colour mode. Once printed, these pages are
inserted as a block into the book, in this case
aŌer the appendices. I now add two sheets
of plain paper front and back to create end
papers and we have a complete printed block
of two books! The book in quesƟon has eighty
pages, that’s forty sheets of text, plus the
illustraƟons and end papers, fiŌy plus pages
altogether. That’s not a very thick book—the
spine is only 8 mm—so I usually print up to
four book blocks and put them together for
the next stage, separated with some scrap
paper. Finally, I take them to my large, old
electric guilloƟne and cut the pages into two
blocks A5 size.

In order to perfect bind the pages, the book
block has to be placed in a book press and
the spine edge dampened with water to make
them more recepƟve to glue. Then the block
is placed horizontally into a lying press (figure

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