Will Master Bookbinder Craft Survive?
How about edge gilding? Many products have the edges of the pages gilded. There's one Swiss firm that makes these and a few Chinese ones. Then there's special buckles, pockets and closures; ribbon inserting in the book block and head and tail bands. The most unique system I've ever seen cut "thumb" indexes into dictionary book blocks at the old Rand-McNally book plant in Versailles, KY.
The book products I'm describing cannot be found for $24.95 at Barnes & Noble. They may cost hundreds of dollars or even more. The question is, how long will this craftsmanship survive in the age of Facebook and Instagram? How many young people will choose to learn the arts and techniques needed to make these lifetime-lasting, beautiful products? Let's hope they'll be in demand well into the future!