Homemade Bookbinding Tutorial

Published: 19th May 2010
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If you have a large digital library of ebooks, chances are you are tired of reading them on the computer screen. It is actually quite simple to bind your own books using this simple bookbinding tutorial.

In about five minutes you can create your own books with professional results.

First, print the ebook on A4 paper. You can actually use 8 1/2x11 sheets and just cut them in half. use stronger paper to avoid ink bleedthroughs.

Take your book pages and stack them together, then tap them on a flat surface until all the sheets are flat and lined up. You want to make sure they are very close and neatly stacked.

Next you will need to use your homemade bookbinding machine to bind the books. This is very easy to make and doesn't cost much to set up. Or if you wish you can just use a phone book or other flat, large surface to hold the pages in line.

Then, wet the spine using glue such as Gorilla Glue. This glue is good because it expands and fills gaps, and also holds tight. Dampen the spine with water using a slightly wetted cotton ball. Then apply the glue using a cotton ball.

While the glue is drying, you can measure out the cover using some heavy card stock in legal size. It's a good idea to fold the edges of the cover before you bind the book so that it will fold over the pages without strain.

For a 5.5 inch page, measure 5.5. inches and make a light mark on the cover. Then do the same for the newly bound pages.

When the glue on the spine has dried, insert the cover underneath the newly bound pages.

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