Two small milestones at C&I

I see by my handy-dandy spreadsheet (a grid of page counts and word counts for each issue in the first ten years of publication) that C&I 10:8 reaches two milestones–noting that neither of these milestones includes the two non-issues that appeared briefly and then departed, or the volume indexes:

  • C&I now totals just over 2.5 million words since its inception–2,504,929 to be exact.
  • My “target” for the last couple of years has been 12 issues averaging 20 pages each. That means a complete volume should come out to about 240 pages. On that basis, I’m done for the year–Volume 10 now totals 254 pages (again, not including the massive briefly-visible non-issue, which almost nobody downloaded anyway).

OK, so the target is a little ridiculous, since the most recent issue shorter than 22 pages was November 2005 and the most recent issue shorter than 20 pages was February 2003. And no, although the future of C&I (until I get sponsorship) is indeed in doubt, I don’t plan to shut down for the year.

If you’re wondering (“we weren’t, Walt, but we can’t stop you”), there were three volumes that came in at fewer than 300 pages, a reasonable secondary goal–the first three, as you might expect.

2 Responses to “Two small milestones at C&I”

  1. Gary Frost says:


    I am enjoying all your commentary on binding quality…yes the qualities of paper books are still important!

    I believe your Lulu hard cover has a much improved “perfect” binding using polyurathane adhesive. That can be confirmed with Brian Beard at Bridgeport National Bindery. This is a rather miraculous improvement in POD bookbinding and it enables excellent binding of the “wrong grain” POD productions as well as the coated photo book stocks.


  2. walt says:


    Is this connected to the wrong post? In any case, it’s true enough that binding quality doesn’t seem to be an issue on any of the PoD books I’ve done. (There was one exception on one copy of my wife’s BIG book–454 pages, 8.5×11, 60lb. stock, which really is a BIG book, but only one, and that was a paperback. Replaced for free, to be sure.)

    I hadn’t thought about it, but sewn bindings might not work very well for PoD, since there are no signatures (with one exception: 5.5×8.5 “digest-size” books have, I suppose, four-page “signatures”). Hmm. I better stop there, before I reveal my vast ignorance of actual binding techniques and issues…