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an ongoing programme enabling residents at Proboscis studio to create eBooks and StoryCubes for their own projects.

Learning, Schools & Education

eBooks & StoryCubes created for learning and educational purposes


Browse the collection of Diffusion Shareables: eBooks & StoryCubes

How to Make

On this page you can find out how to make up eBooks and StoryCubes, as well as instructions for more advanced authors who wish to design their own eBooks using professional desktop publishing software (such as Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress).

Please note : the Diffusion eBook binding format has two options – classic, which is folded vertically to give a short edge binding; and book, which is folded horizontally to give a long edge binding.

How to make: Book Landscape Diffusion eBook from Proboscis on Vimeo.

How to make: Book Portrait Diffusion eBook from Proboscis on Vimeo.

How to make: Classic Landscape Diffusion eBook from Proboscis on Vimeo.

How to make: Classic Portrait Diffusion eBook from Proboscis on Vimeo.

How to Make up a Diffusion eBook

Diffusion How To Make (A5 PDF 116Kb)

How to Make a Diffusion eBook

  1. Fold the printed sheets in half vertically (for classic/short edge binding) or horizontally (for book/long edge binding).
  2. Separate the sheet with the eBook’s front cover and then, holding the remaining sheets, use scissors or a craft knife to cut carefully along the dotted lines on each side.
  3. Cut the central slot on the sheet with the front cover using scissors or a craft knife. Gently folding the sheet vertically in half, pinch the dotted lines in the centre and cut.
  4. Order the sheets by having the front cover face up and stacking the remaining sheets with the odd page numbers in ascending order: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 (depending on how many sheets each eBook uses).
  5. Holding the back cover on top of the assembled sheets, curl bottom half of the sheets and insert through the central slot above the front cover. The front and back covers should be visible next to each other.
  6. Check the pagination is correct and fold the finished eBook in half.

Illustration by Carmen Vela Maldonado

Diffusion How To Make (A5 PDF 116Kb)

Printing Tips

  • In Acrobat Reader turn off page scaling and fit to page options.
  • Print the document single-sided.
How to Design Your Own eBooks

Visit the Diffusion Schematics page to download page imposition schematics for designing your own Diffusion eBooks. The schematics cover both portrait and landscape, as well as our classic and book versions of the Diffusion binding method.

How to Make a StoryCube

To make your StoryCube, write, draw or print pictures on the stickers and attach to the flat cube. Fold the cube along each of the creases, then fold in each of the sides with the flaps. Make sure that the two stabilising wings (with the StoryCubes logo and folding illustrations) are positioned on the inside of the cube, then fold down the lid. Insert the tabs into the cut slots and lock in place.

StoryCubes: from flat to finished