Bind Your Own Paperback Books With Ease

About: I love to do anything creative. Whether writing or painting, I am very happy in a web of creativity.

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

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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.

About Author:
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.

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7 Discussions


Reply 7 months ago

I made mine using the picture in the article, countersunk and Gorilla Glued the screws, and put felt feet over them so they wouldn't scratch the surface it's sitting on.


Reply 7 months ago

I built mine from the picture above - easy build


2 years ago

Haven't tried it yet but 3M Weatherstrip Adhesive may work better because of it's flexibility and high strength (not that gorilla glue isn't). Link for some Weatherstrip below, it's also available at most major hardware stores as it is used for insulation.


3 years ago

Is 100 lb heavy card stock be to thick for the covering?


3 years ago

Thanks for posting this. I've tried rebinding out of print paperbacks that have come apart. Using padding compound didn't work as well as I hoped - the books were still fragile beyond what would be expected from the aging paper alone.

I didn't know about dampening the edge. I'm guessing that expanding the fibers by moistening them may help.

I like your press, too.


4 years ago on Introduction

Nice, easy approach to binding. Thanks for posting.

I shouldn't quibble, I know, but as an old printer, there's something here that bothers me: the misuse of the word "ream". A ream contains 500 sheets, not more, not less. If it has 96 sheets, it's a package, not a ream. You wouldn't call something a "2-cup quart".