My wife, Ellen Seltz, is a writer who has created a vintage style mystery series based on a character named Edmund Mottley. I decided to create a chapbook of one of her short stories – Mister Mottley and the Key of D.
Mollie watched the video tutorial “Basic DIY Bookbinding Demonstration with Hot Glue Gun” over at the DIY Bookbinding YouTube channel and got to work on her first bookbinding project – a perfect-bound notebook. She recruited her husband build her a binding jig following the DIY Binding Jig Plans here on the website making adjustments to […]
My first bookbinding video tutorial was successful beyond my wildest dreams (as I write this it has been viewed more than 784,000 time – that is crazy!) I decided it was time to revisit that tutorial, update it a little, and try using hot glue to bind everything together. This new video also features my […]
Book Board (aka Binder’s Board) can get expensive. Archival quality supplies can cost as much as $5 US per board. But, you probably have access to a large supply that will cost you nothing more than a little time – used books! In my town there are several places that sell second hand merchandise. They […]
Holding the pages of your perfect bound book together while you glue everything together can be frustrating. This simple DIY tabletop bookbinding jig is an easy way to get the job done.
Men in Sheds – The Bookbinder Bookbinding can be an entirely practical endeavor. I got my own start by producing paperback versions of e-books I had downloaded so I could read them offline and make notes in the margins. But, there are people who take the same basic process and end up creating books that […]
In this video tutorial, by Jennifer of Sea Lemon, you will learn how to create a hardcover case binding for your DIY book project.
Want some insights into commercial bookbinding? Take a look at this video I found recently called “Americans at Work” that was produced back in 1961 by the AFL-CIO union. The video shows the bookbinding process in an early 1960’s bindery and highlights the tasks involved in the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Or7wetXQs After a very short introduction about […]
DIY Bookbinding reader John Grafton took the basic concepts from the basic bookbinding tutorial and gave it a little twist. John made his own binding jig to speed up the work and improve overall quality. In addition, he used another technique. Before applying glue to the spine of his book he notched it. The notches […]
I did not start out to be an indie but that is where I ended up. I have published the book, “Mr. Prescott and the World Beyond…” from the ground up including making my own book trailer as you will see on my site. My story is about a wealthy man who has an encounter […]