How to Repair Paperback Bindings.

by Chris Gardner

Wiliam Smith from Hang Fire Books writes, "I frequently receive vintage paperbacks where the spine glue has separated from the text block (probably due to reading-wear) and then frozen/dried in a lumpy uneven way that keeps the spine from laying flat…I was wondering if it would be possible to soften the glue with heat so you could smooth and reflatten it."

How to Repair Paperback Bindings.

It turns out, you can. Read all about William's technique here, but be sure to try in on...

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Handmade Books? (Or, help Chris with his homework...)

by Chris Gardner

It's final exam time, and I'd like to turn in one of my projects in a book form. I don't want a scrapbook or something fancy, just a basic bound way to collect my work. Most of the material will come from documents printed from the computer, so I can't purchase a readymade option.  I need to bind already printed pages, not bind blanks sheets, then add the material later. I don't know how many pages there will be quite yet.

I think I'd just like to...

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