It’s said that freedom of the press belongs to those who own them. We live in the most media-rich culture in history, And perhaps that was true before our leaders gave up censoring things and started copyrighting them instead. Today freedom of the press belongs to corporations who use their massive clout to drown out their competition.

Luckily there’s an alternative to Chapters and Indigo. Printing presses, or at least their modern equivalents, have never been cheaper or easier. The number of books available in digital format these days makes finding specialty works to print easier than ever, especially revolutionary materials. For the self-publishing crowd, too, this can cut through the exhaustingly expensive sea of publishers.

Printing
check out this forum for everything you wanted to know about various printers available today, inkjet and laser, and the easiest and most cost-effective ways to refill both kinds.. If you want to print yourself, with a new or used printer, talk to these dudes.

Scanning Books
Here’s an amazing talk with MediaBerkman which brings Daniel Reetz, who invented a book scanner made from garbage, which has since created an internet revolution in book scanning. His machines, using two digital cameras and a jig to hold the book in place, cuts the price from $12000 for an entry-level commercial model to about $300 to build your own. Here’s his famous instructable.

Bookbinding
I’ve long loved bookbinding, as a simple and beautiful art. But in production scales it can be challenging. A bookbinding press can make thngs infinitely easier, and they’re really easy to build with some wood scraps and wingnuts. Here’s basic instructions for a hardcover book. And this forum is a much more comprehensive resource.

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