Delay on Volume 6
First the bad news: A copyright issue has delayed the final work on volume 6. This because some of the posters we wanted to use in the book have copyright ownership that is in dispute. We are working closely with the Science Museum to resolve this.
A further complication arose at the end of 2012, when the Scottish Company who has been binding and finishing our books went into receivership. The search for a new production partner has taken some time as the book is larger than most UK companies can handle. Our printers have worked hard to find a firm with equipment of sufficient size to handle a 2 kg book to our standards. The only issue therefore is copyright which we should resolve within the next few weeks.
We have 70% of the hi-res images and these are being cleaned. The remainder should be with us shortly and again time will be needed to bring these to the standard JDF quality. Our best guess therefore is the book should be ready in late May, a delay of over two months on the proposed timetable. We can only apologize to the many supporters who are eager for this to be published, but you can appreciate events this year have been out of our hands.
And now the good news: The writing is all but complete and the volume of 256 pages will contain more than 380 posters that span the whole of the 20th century. It will soon go away for proof-reading and really will be a beautiful volume, doing the North-West of the UK proud. We are particularly pleased that North Wales and Northern Ireland have come out extremely well. We will keep everybody updated as soon as we can on the new timetable.