Intro: Bind Your Own Paperback Books With Ease
Have you ever written an entire book, novel, or even a series of them and then printed them out via your computer? Well, after you did that, where did your stack of paper go? Did you put it in a folder, add a giant paper clip or clamp, or did the stack just make it into a corner of your room?
I have included a simple way to bind your books that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg. This process only takes about five minutes and could definitely improve the way your own books are stored.
Let’s see how it’s done.
Photos are by Nathan De Stephano.
• Book Binder (or two big phone books)
• A4 Paper
• Printed Pages
• Printed Cover
• Gorilla Glue
• Cotton Ball
Step 1: Step One
Print your book out on A4 paper. You can buy a ream of 96 pages from staples for as low as $10.29 a piece. It may be better get thicker 24 pound pages (the one spoken about before is 20 pounds) to ensure the ink doesn’t bleed through. If you would like a smaller-sized book, cut the 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper in half. The size of the pages doesn’t change the process.
Step 2: Step Three
Use a cotton ball to wet the spine with water. Make sure the spine is damp before using the cotton ball to apply Gorilla Glue. Leave it to dry. While it’s drying, print out your cover or make sure it is ready to go. It could be printed on heavy card stock in legal size.
Step 3: Step Four
Now it’s time to add the cover. Fold the edges of the cover before you bind so there is no difficulty when folding over the cover around the pages. When the glue is dry on the pages, remove the heavy book or the book binder in this case, and add the cover. Add a little bit more water and spread the glue down the spine. Repeat the folding of the cover over the pages, and clamp it back down to dry.
Step 4: Final
Now your book is bound and ready to go. You can be creative with your covers by using different fonts or colors or anything you want. You could even create yourself a journal and draw on the cover. Whatever you choose to do, have fun and make it personal.
Miscelleana Rhinehart is a lover of books and enjoys writing them when she isn’t writing online classifieds for used Toyota dealers or crafting her own books herself.