DIY Bookbinding
Bind your own book by hand
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: July 2011
Pages: 32

Bookbinding may well be a dying art in this digital age, but you can still learn how to do it yourself with this easy-to-follow ebook. In fact, you can reverse the course of evolution and convert this particular digital specimen into a durable, hand-stitched book that will last for generations. When you’re finished, this ebook will truly be "hands-on."

O'Reilly Senior Editor Brian Sawyer takes you through the process with step-by-step instructions and scores of instructive photographs. All you need to bring to the table are a few simple materials—including magazines you'd like to preserve. Discover how simple, unmessy, fun, and satisfying binding books by hand can be.

  • Print the pages of this ebook or remove the existing cover from a magazine
  • Create signatures and prepare them for stitching
  • Glue the spine
  • Build and attach the cover boards
  • Cover the exterior and interior of the cover boards
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4.0

Looking for a fun project?

By shawnday

from Dublin, Ireland

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about O'Reilly Media DIY Bookbinding:

    What a great excursion down a wonderful project! A lovely, short, step-by-step brief, DIY Bookbinding by Brian Sawyer inspires the reader to attempt their own bookbinding project. Although only 32 pages in length, the author makes the process of binding together a collection of magazines into a durable hardcover tome quite approachable and achievable.

    I was interested in reading this book if only to appreciate the mechanics of bookbinding and I was very satisfied with the depth of coverage and for simple interest this volume delivers. Its a great project and with clear instructions and heavily illustrations, this is a recommended read for all.

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    5.0

    Everything you need to bind a book

    By dpeach

    from Argentina

    About Me Educator, Maker

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    Pros

    • Complete
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand

    Cons

    • Out of focus images

    Best Uses

    • For the patient
    • Intermediate

    Comments about O'Reilly Media DIY Bookbinding:

    I love learning how things are made. This book appealed to me as soon as I saw it. I was not disappointed by its contents! I wasn't sure I would actually rebind a book myself, but the chance to learn how was intriguing. However, after reading this short little tutorial, I am eager to try my hand at it!

    This 32-page ebook is packed with pictures and written explanations on how to rebind a magazine. The example of magazine rebinding is probably something many people would like to do. It is easy to adapt the information to other projects. Book binding is a non-technical process that requires time and patience more than it does special tools. This book claims you can get all the materials you need to work the process at your local hobby shop. I can easily imagine many substitutes for the actual products if your store doesn't stock them.

    The only thing I wished the book went more into detail about was the types of paper or material that should be used to cover the binder's boards. He was specific on what not to use, but I was interested in learning more about the proper materials. Since this is the part of the binding process that takes the most abuse and is what everyone sees it should have been handled in more detail.

    A couple of the pictures in the book were not quite in focus. Because the author works for O'Reilly I think they probably have photographers who could do a better job with a few of the shots.

    I can confidently give this title 5 stars even though I do have those two critiques. There certainly could be more said about the process than 32 pages can provide, but this book gives you all the essentials. Armed with the information in this book I would seriously consider tackling this project without feeling the need to do further research. It is short, but thorough.

    [Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book.]

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    4.0

    A must for beginner book binders

    By Wayne

    from Greenwood, AR

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Helpful examples

    Cons

    • Needs clearer illustratio

    Best Uses

    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about O'Reilly Media DIY Bookbinding:

    This is a short (32 pages) article that teaches you how to bind your own books. Whether you find the idea of binding your own books exciting, or you just want a way to preserve your magazines or other printed material, DIY Bookbinding is a book for you.

    Brian Sawyer takes you step-by-step through the bookbinding process, from pulling the pages out of a perfect bound book, all the way up through putting in the endsheets. If you're interested in binding your own books, this book has some great information.

    The Good
    High quality photos and step-by-step instructions make this guide an excellent how-to. The amount of literature available on the internet dealing with book binding is somewhat limited, so the concentrated information here is quite welcome.

    The Bad
    I wished this article had more illustrations to accompany or replace some of the photographs. The important aspects of the photos ended out obscuring some of the more important details. Of course that means that there are reference images, so that's a good thing.

    The Bottom Line
    If you're interested in book binding, whether as a hobby, or just to preserve your magazines or other papers, you should buy this book. With the information in this guide, you can easily make back the $5 cover price, or make presents (journals, personalized books, etc.) of a high enough quality that will make this a good buy.

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