I’ve been planning a new project that is a cross between a plain old booklet-style chapbook and a hardcover. My wife has written a number of short stories about the main character from period mystery novels. The novels are available in print editions, but the short stories are digital only. So, I decided to take […]
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A reader of this website asked me a question one day about whether I thought it was a good idea to make your own glue. Up until that point I had never even thought about it. Now, as you can see in the video, I’ve started making my own glue – just to see if […]
Adding a durable professional quality laminated coating to your DIY book cover is simple and fun using this technique and an inexpensive hot laminator.
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.
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 […]