How to guides for bookbinding and book repair, as well as dicussion on book structures and how and why they work.

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A note regarding techniques: The techniques described in the various articles below are all intended for books that are being created anew or for books that need some kind of help in order to keep them usable as readable books.  Books that are collectible, rare or have significant artifactual value require more conservative treatments.  It is not my intent here to cover those treatments.

Mousetrap Paperback

The Mousetrap Paperback

Do you have a paperback that fails the lunch test (you can't read it and eat lunch at the same time)? This 7 minute video, looks at the problem and proposes a do-it-yourself solution. New as of 3/30/10.

Note: This is a large file (84 mb) and will take some time to download.

A description of how to fan-glue a book

Fan-gluing video

A basic look at the Fan-gluing Press at work. This is a complement to Fan-gluing Basics. New as of 1/10.

Note: this is a large file (32mb) and it will take some time to download. You might want to load the page and then go make a cup of coffee or work on something else for awhile. My apologies for the size but, Andrea (the person responsible for the photography and anything creative in the clip) and I did not want it to be the size of a postage stamp). I thought I would be fair and warn you.

Reflections on bookbinding and book structures

Reflections on Book Structures - part 1

Thoughts on book structures from a guy who probably thought about them more than he should have.

Reflections on Book Structures - part 2

Reflections on what happens at the glue line in a fan-glued binding.

Reflections on Book Structures - part 3

Thoughts on the movement and control of a book's spine (pdf file). New as of 7/08.

A description of how to fan-glue a book

Fan-gluing Basics

The basic materials and process for fan-gluing a textblock.

Step by step instructions for rebinding a paperback book

Paperback Rebinding

Instructions for creating a hardbound, hollowback version of a paperback book.

Step by step instructions on how to repair a book

Recasing and repair

Instructions for  repairing a case-bound book..

Step by step instructions for making a quarter-joint binding

 

The Quarter-joint Binding

Step by step instructions for making a quarter-joint binding

Step by step instructions for making a simple softcover binding

Adhesive Softcover Binding

Step by step instructions for making an adhesive (fan-glued) softcover binding ng

Flexible Strength

A paper discussing binding structure, strength and a lay-flat binding developed as a result of these ruminations.