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Making paperbacks more durable

The new(ish) Scholastic paperback editions of Harry Potter have lovely cover art by the excellent Kazu Kibuishi. I'd like to own a nice set of Harry Potter books with this art, but I'd hate to have my pretty books wind up with bendy covers and other paperback issues. Does anyone have experience with taking paperbacks such as these and re-binding them as hardcovers, or otherwise making them more durable? Difficulty: There's a box they've got to fit in, and the spines line up into a piece of art.
posted by 4th number on Sep 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Printing and binding 500 copies of a weirdly-bound book

I want to print and distribute 500 copies of a comic-art project I've been working on, but either want to do a crazy accordion fold (40 panels, each about 5 inches wide, so a little over 8 feet long if I print on both sides) or perfectly bound with some fold-out pages inside. Does anyone know how I could get that printed and bound in two and half weeks (by April 10)? I would prefer to find a printer/binder in the Boston area, but am open to working with businesses online. Thanks!
posted by mrmanvir on Mar 24, 2015 - 2 answers

How to bind handwritten notes with very thin margins into a book?

Is there any bookbinding technique that would be able to nicely bind sheets of paper into a book, with the constraint that some of the sheets have writing going right up to the edge of the paper? I'm concerned that the text would be lost in the spine. The sheets are A4, with holes already punched, but I'd like something a little more robust/"permanent" than a ring binder... if possible.
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on May 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Making a calendar gift

I have an idea in mind for what to give my niece as a HS graduation/off-to-college gift, but I'm overwhelmed, not knowing where to start on making it. Any crafty people w/ bookbinding or relevant experience wanna give me some (much needed, much appreciated!) guidance? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me start my new awesome hobby!

I would like to start learning how to make leather journals. I really don't know where to start. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Oct 3, 2012 - 5 answers

B2B or not 2B? Wetting beak in manufacture.

New to manufacturing. How do I go from making things to having something made? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 answers

How to produce a high-quality hard-backed book?

How do I turn a document into a high-quality hard-backed book? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jun 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Old yearbooks: Historical value?

Do old yearbooks (mostly 1930s and 40s) have any historical value? [more inside]
posted by compartment on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Iron-Bound Books: Fact or Fiction?

Did "iron-bound books" ever exist? If they're a modern idea, has anyone gone ahead and made these? If they are completely non-existent, where did this notion originate? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Dec 28, 2010 - 18 answers

[bookbinding/craft filter] Should I switch from PVA to wheat paste or some other adhesive?

wheat paste vs. PVA for adhering paper and book cloth to binder's board [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Dec 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Mount a small object in front cover of hardback book? Please/

How can I insert a small mirror or peephole into the front cover of a handmade hardcover book? What kind of material is appropriate for the cover? Will cardboard/cloth do? What about leather? Is there a tutorial anywhere to show how this is done? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I repair the spines of paperback books?

How can I repair used paperback books -- and keep them out of the recycling bin? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Tanner/binder wanted for anthropodermic bibliopegy (future)

I'd like to have a book bound in my tanned skin after I die, as a present for my family. Does anyone know of any legal issues with asking a tanner and binder to do this? Any other suggestions for how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by mdoar on Jun 7, 2010 - 43 answers

Bookbinder's blues

How/where can I trim the edges of more than 200 pieces of paper at once so that they are even with each other? I like to bind books by hand, but I'm having trouble trimming the outside edge of the pages flush once they're sewed and glued together. I'm in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Book binding service recommendations

Can you recommend a company for an affordable, one-off library binding? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 23, 2009 - 4 answers

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I need a book printer & binder - ideally the same company - in Northern California who is familiar with photography books. The publication may involve 4-color blacks, or black/silver traditionally litho-printed photographs and text on good paper, Mohawk superfine or something like that; hard and soft bindings may be necessary. Any ideas?
posted by luriete on Nov 24, 2009 - 2 answers

Oh. My. God. Becky. Look at that book. It's just so... BIG!

DIY bookbinding question - I need help figuring out: what supplies I will need for this particular project; if I will need a different sewing method than the one in the tutorial I'm using; how much more difficult it would be to bind it in leather, etc. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Aug 7, 2009 - 8 answers

i can has bookbinding?

Resources for a beginning bookbinder? (In New York City) [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Jun 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Share your PoD wisdom with me!

I'm looking to get 3 or 4 copies of an illustrated book printed and bound. It's a project for my Illustration class this semester, so the print quality of the images is my highest priority, but cost is key as well since I'm your typical broke college student. What print on demand services should I look into? [more inside]
posted by Corvidae on Jan 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Tips for binding my own copies of books in the public domain?

I took a few bookbinding classes in university and really enjoyed them, but I stopped doing it after I had saturated the market (i.e. my friends and family) with blank books to use as journals, notebooks, photo albums, etc. I recently thought that it might be fun to make hand-printed and bound editions of novellas and short stories that are in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Nov 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Paper Chase

PaperFilter - Anyone know where I can buy large sheets of lined paper? [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Oct 2, 2008 - 4 answers

How should I preserve newsprint pages from old literary magazines?

How to best preserve pages taken from old issues of *Fantasy and Science Fiction*, a book-sized literary magazine printed on newsprint? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Jan 8, 2008 - 6 answers

How do find different publications of a book?

How can I find out what different versions of a book are currently in publication? Especially for older works with open copyrights, how do you find out if some random publisher's putting out a really nice hardbound, vs the paperback that's all you can find on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by tirade on Nov 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges?

Why do the pages to some hardback books have uneven, ragged edges? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Jul 22, 2007 - 5 answers

HT buy a letterpress.

I think I'd like to buy a letterpress, but I know nothing about them. Please help. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Oct 16, 2006 - 7 answers

What are the Half-Moon dividers in Large Books called?

Is there a name for the semi-circle dividers found on the pages of larger books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, and/or bibles)? [more inside]
posted by ktrey on Sep 4, 2006 - 9 answers

Applying letters to book board.

I need to apply custom type to Davey Board (bookbinding board), is screen printing my only option? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Apr 11, 2006 - 9 answers

Protective plastic coating for paperbacks?

I've noticed that libraries often put a rigid, clear plastic coating on the covers of paperback books. The coating makes the book covers more sturdy and durable. What is that coating, and is it available to retail consumers?
posted by jayder on Mar 30, 2006 - 13 answers

Tools and resources for simple self-publlishing and bookbinding?

A colleague is interested in doing some personal desktop publishing and bookbinding. He came to me and asked a few questions I couldn't answer offhand and don't have the terms to google efficiently. [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott on Dec 22, 2005 - 15 answers

Is it possible to split up and rebind a very large book?

Is it possible to split up and rebind a very large book into three or four smaller books? (Yes, I know this was asked a year and a half ago, but my question is a little different.) [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Dec 11, 2005 - 11 answers

Where can I get my aging paperbacks preserved and rebound?

Where can I get my aging paperbacks preserved and rebound? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Sep 16, 2005 - 9 answers

Fix a broken book?

How do I fix the binding on a cheap, glued together, book? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 15, 2005 - 16 answers

Where can I get books printed?

Where can I get books printed? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ on Apr 23, 2005 - 9 answers

Help me find books that are made as nicely as they're written.

BookBindingFilter: I greatly enjoyed reading this edition of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Some of the enjoyment was doubtless due to Tolkien's deathless prose, but I was surprised to find myself also enjoying handling, looking at, poring over a really beautifully crafted edition, with careful binding, stuck-together pages, a little built-in bookmark, etc.

Can anyone suggest other books I might like for these same reasons? Genre's not important; I'm a cheerful omnilege.
posted by ikkyu2 on Jan 23, 2005 - 24 answers

Bookmending tape.

Bookmending tape. I'm looking for brands/recommendations for 1/2" - 1" wide bookmending tape, to fix broken hinges, and/or cracked spines from the inside, and with adhesive that will not damage the paper. Nothing super-fancy, and bonus points for something I could maybe find in local stores! Thanks!
posted by carter on Nov 5, 2004 - 7 answers

Book Binding

Book binding: I want to make some one-off children's books for my daughter and her friends, and I'm trying to determine the most cost-effective way to make something extra-durable. These kids are all about 2 years old; my own daughter has been known to rip pages out of favorite books as a sign of enthusiasm. My current thought is laminating two-sided color pages and spiral binding it, but to me that's only about a 6 out of 10 on cheapness and durability. Other thoughts?
posted by blueshammer on Oct 8, 2004 - 7 answers

Book Binding Machines

Does anyone know of any book binding machines that will sew pages together? Most simple binding devices used in offices use thermal adhesive or ring binding. I’m looking for something more serious that will sew books together in the manner of traditional bound textbooks and hardcovers. It doesn’t have to be small, but neither can I deal with any giant factory equipment. Something the size of a large office photocopier would be ideal. Does such a device exist?
posted by Meridian on Jul 21, 2004 - 9 answers

Rebinding bound books

Bookbinder filter: Would a bookbinder ever take apart a bound book and re-bind it into smaller volumes? (more inside of course). [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Jul 6, 2004 - 17 answers

Family Recipes

I want to put together a family recipe book. Has anyone done this, and do you have any advice? Are there kits out there to help with this, or software? Or have you gone to Kinko's and bound it yourself? (If so, details would be welcome on what services they offered.) Spiral-bound would be fine, but I'm open to other styles. I want to be able to make a dozen or so copies without breaking the bank, and I have a good home computer setup if I can figure out how best to take advantage of it. I've already got the recipes typed in in MasterCook, a recipe format program. Thanks for any help!
posted by GaelFC on Feb 7, 2004 - 12 answers

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