Books on Bookbinding

A collection of Books on Bookbinding. Sometime we need a little help as bookbinders to find innovative ways of expressing ourselves. These books are a great place to start.

Books on Bookbinding Techniques

Little Book of Book Making : Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books by Charlotte Rivers

A beautiful collection of bookbinding techniques written, coupled with simple instructions. This book is perfect for bookbinders of all experience levels.




I Love Handmade Books

I love Handmade Books by Charlotte Rivers

Following the Little Book of Book Making, Rivers published a second book that includes contemporary bookbinding techniques and a little more.




Charlotte Rivers has also published a series of very useful books related to bookbinding and other forms of crafts.


craft bookbinding

Craft Bookbinding by Linda Orriss

A great book for the new and aspiring craft bookbinder. Linda covers most bookbinding techniques from sewing to glue handling to book cover making.




Books that provide inspiration

Bind it Yourself

Bind it Yourself

Simple book with several bookbinding and book making techniques laid out in simple photographs and instructions. From fast, simple projects that doesn’t require stitching to full length bookbinding projects.




Re-bound : Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials by Jeannine Stein

If you like to create books from scrap material, this book is a great source of inspiration. Loaded with wacky ideas and clear instructions, refer to Stein’s Re-bound for great ideas you’d probably never thought about.




Making Handmade Books : 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden

Can’t seem to find inspiration for your next bookbinding project? Here’s a hundred different ideas to choose from.




Books on Advanced Bookbinding

Manual of Bookbinding

Manual of Bookbinding by Arthur Johnson

Written by one of Britain’s foremost designer-bookbinders. This manual covers equipment, tools, and materials; all stages of preparation end papers, sewing, rounding and backing, edge-gilding, etc.



The Colossal Collection of Bookbinding Books [Digital Download] holds the keys to these books. And it is huge. Some of the books within that collection include;

  • Bookbinding For Beginners 1924 (84 pages)
  • Cowies Bookbinders Manual by G Cowie 1860 (146 pages)
  • Early Oxford Bindings by S Gibson 1903 (116 pages)
  • A Bibliography of Bookbinding 1892 (31 pages)
  • Library Bookbinding 1916 (248 pages)
  • Papers On Bookbinding by William Charles Hollands 1922 (70 pages)
  • Book Repair and Restoration – A Manual of Practical Suggestions for Bibliophiles 1918 (119 pages)
  • and many many more (no kidding)

You can check out the entire collection here: PDF Bookbinding Collection