This weekend, book fans working at Eddison Books and sister company Editions Leduc gathered in Barcelona to visit two of our printers!
The weekend started on Thursday night with a mad dash from the airport to the hotel for a 5 second shower before running out to a restaurant. At the airport, 5 Eddison Books employees were met with a ‘mini bus’ to take us into the city…. We were greeted by a whole empty coach!
Dinner for almost 30 people was eaten in a beautiful setting, an old warehouse now converted into an amazing El Nacional restaurant. We ate delicious Spanish tapas, lots of seafood and the classic patatas bravas. This was the first dinner bringing together the London based Eddison Books and the Paris based Editions Leduc since these two publishing companies merged under the same ownership.
El Nacional Restaurant- Barcelona
Blurry and happy!
Director Stephane thanking his team
After breakfast – and a rousing speech from owner Stephane Leduc – we walked to a huge bookshop in Barcelona. 4 teams of publishers were given the challenge of running around the shop and finding
- The ugliest book,
- The most beautiful book,
- A book printed by Eddison Books,
- A book printed by Editions Leduc.
The teams had varied strategies, from running off in pairs; picking as many books as possible; to wandering around aimlessly.
We had fun looking around, having big (almost heated) debates within teams on the merits and ugliness of each book. This was my personal opinion of the ugliest book (it got voted off) but as I’m writing the blog post I can proclaim it the winner.
The winner was declared to be an amazing silk covered Chinese art book, drawing gasps of admiration from the book lovers gathered around.
Beautiful silk cover
Next activity was visiting a printing factory! I love watching How its Made and watching factory machines, so I was so excited to see a printers in action. On arrival we were served mini chocolate croissants (very important detail of my day) before being shown to the factory floor.
Printing a book from A-Z
- First thing you see are huge rolls of paper being fed into a machine, out from the other side, reams of printed paper is streaming out, and being fed into another machine. I learnt that the books are printed in sections, and each section is printed multiple times in one go.
Book porn! Paper ready to be turned into a book
2. We watched them regularly inspect the quality of the printing, throwing away huge sections that weren’t right. Painful to watch! The bright colourful covers are printed on a specialist machine, flaps are folded and a laminate coating is applied.
Visual inspection of ink quality
Into the skip!
3. Next all the sections are assembled in the right order. The books are double printed, so there are two books printed at a time. The sections are glued together and then the cover is glued on. It was very satisfying watching the cover get folded around the pages of the book.
A book before it is cut in two
4. Up next is the guillotine! Very satisfying to watch the blade slam through the book, leaving a beautiful clean line. The machine is cleverly designed to move the flaps out of the way so that the pages of the book can be shorter than the flaps (annoyingly they didn’t design this machine with viewing in mind… something about safety and a big blade)
5. The 20 or so publishers and I were in book heaven watching the brand new books exit the production line, completely clean and untouched. They definitely had that new book smell!
We were shown the paper towers room, reams of paper just waiting to be turned into books! The paper obsessed production managers were having a great time. Here is Marie hugging a stack of particularly good quality paper.
Marie in paper heaven
Towers of paper, ready to be turned into books
After all that excitement we were now quite hungry. Lunch was served on the amazing Barcelona seafront. Delicious fresh Tagliatelle and mussels, risotto and generous amounts of wine. A couple of people had to rush off to catch a flight before dessert was served – don’t worry, no blackberry yogurt ice-cream was left uneaten (confession: I had 3 bowls).
Lunch by the sea
Lunch left us feeling happy and proud to be working for Eddison Books with such a nice team of people!
Eddison Books and Leduc Editions having fantastic team lunch
I am delighted to introduce you all to our new series of Podcasts!
Steve Nobel interviews the Eddison Books Authors on their latest releases. This new series aims to help you get to know our authors, and hear them talk passionately about their books.
Ep 1: Mark Ryan on the book that he co-authored with John Matthews, ‘Wild Magic: The Wildwood Tarot Workbook’
Ep 2: DruidAnimal Oracle author Philip Carr-Gomm talks about Druidry and how to use the cards.
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Merry Christmas from everyone here at Eddison Books!
Thank you all for your support and excitement over our books this year. Our team of authors, editors, designers and more have worked tirelessly to print a range of interesting books and decks, for your continued enjoyment and learning!
We released the stunning Druid Oracle decks by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm; the DruidCraft Tarot and the Druid Plant Oracle. These beautiful decks combine the two fundamental spiritualities of Nature – Wicca and Druidry – and reflects the explosion of interest in the Western magical tradition and paganism.
To complement the ever popular WildWood Tarot, Mark Ryan and John Matthews have released ‘Wild Magic: The Wildwood Tarot Workbook’; a book written to allow you step further into the magical Wildwood world; get the authors insight on how to read the cards; plus an intriguing glimpse into what science can tell us about tarot.
In October we released a gorgeous set of gold gilded cards by Ambika Wauters, titled ‘The Angel Oracle’. The cards are designed to offer clarity of thought, knowledge and insight to help you with everyday problems, as well as the major challenges of life.
Following the success of the original bestselling Mood Cards box, we have released a new, stand-alone volume “Mood Cards: Understand Deep emotions”. Author Andrea Harrn created this pack to offer an accessible way to help mental health professionals, schools and families identify and explore moods, feelings and emotions.
Our range of Personal Development books has increased with some fantastic manuals and guides:
How to Breathe – Richard Brennan
The Chakra Workbook – Pauline Wills
Thai Massage (Manual Series) – Maria Mercati
The Alexander Technique – Richard Brennan
Buddhist Fabrice Midal wrote an illuminating book, written to take the reader on a true journey of discovery. He reveals how the story of the Buddha reflects our own lives, and offers meditations to guide us in the everyday situations we face.
Stay tuned for 2018
We have some great books in the pipeline, unique and beautiful oracle decks and a PODCAST!
Listen and learn more from your favourite authors such as Philip Carr-Gomm, Mark Ryan and Richard Brennan. Coming soon!