I am at work on adding five or six chapters to “The Anarchist’s Design Book” for an expanded edition that we will release in the future. Several customers have asked how this will work. Here are the answers.
Q: What will be in the expanded edition?
The core content of the expanded edition will be the same as the current edition. The additional content will be five projects that I wish I had included in the first edition: a staked high stool, a staked armchair, a boarded settle, a boarded settle chair and a boarded mule chest. These five projects use the same techniques – staked joinery and boarded construction – as in the current edition. In other words, I’m not adding a section on some new (or very old) joinery technique.
Q: When will the expanded edition be available?
We hope to release the new printed edition in late 2019 or early 2020.
Q: Will the five projects be available to people who own the current edition?
Absolutely. Anyone who owns the current edition will be able to download the five additional chapters for free. And they will be able to do this no matter if they bought the book from us or from another retailer. The additional chapters will be in pdf format, and designed in pages that are identical to the current edition. You will be able to print them out if you like or keep them on your computer.
Q: How will this download work?
Simple. We will have a link in our store for people with the current edition. Click the link and the download will begin. The link will be posted indefinitely.
Q: Will these additional projects feature copperplate etchings from Briony Morrow-Cribbs?
Yes. Briony has agreed to create new copperplate etchings for the expanded edition.
Q: Will the expanded edition cost more than the current edition?
Yes. Adding five more projects will increase the printing cost, so we will need to increase the price of the printed book when the new edition is released.
Q: Will I be able to trade in my old edition for a new one?
Sorry but no.
Q: You are releasing some of the chapters in advance as they are completed. Why?
Several reasons. They are going to be released for free, so why not do it now? Second, readers have been asking for them as photos of the projects have appeared on the blog and our Instagram feed. And third, readers might catch a mistake or two before we go to press.
— Christopher Schwarz