The Making Publics Press

Artists Books made on the Making Publics Press in North Uist 2024

The Making Publics Press is a book making studio, which has all the equipment you will need to design, print, bind and trim your own books and publications. If you have a publication idea and want to test and self-publish your own book, get in touch to find out more! We can show you how to use the equipment and we can help answer any questions you may have.

The main purpose of the space is to support the making of small runs of creative book projects, quickly and cheaply – getting books out into the world and across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh.

We see our book making studio as a space for conversation and community building. We hope to see you here soon!

Open days - Out and About

From time to time the open days will take place in different venues and visit different community groups across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. Upcoming dates and locations will be posted on social media.

If you would like the Making Publics Press to visit you then please get in touch.

Making Publics Press Equipment List

  • A Digibind FPB33 Perfect Binder – this is a glue binding machine (we don’t have any other kind of binding equipment currently)

  • Ideal 4700 Paper cutting guillotine

  • Paper creaser (for creasing covers)

  • Xerox WorkCentre 7830 Photocopier / Scanner / Printer

  • A huge assortment of white and cream paper – coated and uncoated in a range of thicknesses (kindly donated by Strath Print)

Cost

The space operates on a pay what you can basis – with donations covering the annual maintenance of the machines, printing costs, and free access to the space for the non-waged.

Making Publics Press is open to anyone and works on a non profit basis. We are asking folk to pay what they can to help us cover printing costs (which are charged to us at 0.35p per single side B&W, and 3.5p per single side colour). To give a rough estimate, an A5 50 page book printed colour and double sided with a colour cover would cost ATLAS around £4.

We can provide paper and card for test use during an induction, but for any run of books exceeding 5 copies it would be advisable to bring your own paper if possible. A run of books exceeding 10 copies might also be better suited printed professionally at STRATH Print (opens in a new tab).

If you are able, you can also leave a copy of your book for the ATLAS library.

You can make a donation to the press here.

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