|The prose style in this book, while more readable than Volume I of his Non-Adhesive Binding series, is still occasionally pretentious.|
|The bindings are well described and the photographs are helpful. Although I don't specialise in the sorts of bindings the book teaches, they are easy to pick up using it.|
I've been aware of Smith's books for some time. References to them turn up on the Web and within the binding community. I hadn't gone out of my way to buy any, because they are all about non-adhesive bindings. These aren't the sorts of bindings I specialise in - they're more experimental than is usual for me. But I found a copy in Border's in Glasgow, one day when I was looking for something new and different.
It's a good book to flip through, with plenty of variations on each individual binding style. It inspired me to try a few "concept" bindings on the side of my more traditional work. At the time, with houseguests and other projects on the go, that was all the binding I could do, so the book served a purpose.
I credit Smith with the three "artistic" bindings I produced immediately after buying his book, thougn none of them is from it: the Supported Spiral Notebook, the Unsupported Spiral Notebook, and the the Interleaved Binding. Also, the Half-Hitch Millipede sewing stitch is inspired by the Caterpillar stitch featured in the book.