Save Money on Books: Quick Book Binding




Introduction: Save Money on Books: Quick Book Binding

In this instructable, I will show you how to bind books so that you can save money on expensive books, or if you just can't find a hard copy anywhere, you can make one yourself.

I urge you not to use this instructable to break copyright laws just so you can save hundreds of dollars on expensive textbooks, it would be a shame if the publishers didn't get any money from penny-pinching students. Keep this disclaimer in mind, I bear no responsibly for anyone's actions.


A digital book in PDF format

Enough paper to print the book

A saw

4 Clamps

A place to cut the book


Step 1: Printing

You will need to track down a copy of the book you want to print. The method in this instructable used an Adobe PDF of Huckleberry Finn from Google Books. Print it in booklet form and double sided, if you don't have a double sided printer, I wouldn't be able to help you.

Step 2: Cutting

Here you will cut the book. You will want to get it as evenly as possible or else it will be lopsided. If you have a larger page book, that doesn't need to be small as a reading book, you don't have to cut.

Tips on cutting

Put a few sheets on top, that way you don't rip it

Avoid ripping as much as possible

Use clamps at the four corners


Step 3: Binding

Now you take the two halves, and try and get all the paper stuff out of them.

Them carefully align the two sides it is even.

With glue, put it all over the spine, wait for it to dry

After the glue dries, put a couple sheets as a binding, with glue. Just get a blank piece of paper and glue it onto the front, back and the spine. It won't be big enough to cover it all, so you may want to reprint the front and the back, if  needed.

Wait for the glue to dry, and you should be good.

I hope this helps, I'm doing this in college.

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    Thanks I have some small note paper that looks handmade . It comes in little gift boxes I bought, just thought I should do something with them rather than throw them away. This is tbe perfect solution too since they are already cut..


    9 years ago on Step 3

    One way to add better adhesion is to line up all the pages and stand the unglued book up on the pages' outer edges. with a couple of c-clamps and a couple of short pieces of wood, clamp those lined-up outer edges tightly together. Holding (or having someone else hold) the clamped part steady, bend all the pages over a quart beer bottle or something of a similar diameter (make sure you drink the beer first). This will expose about 1/16" of the face of the binding-side of all the pages evenly. Apply paint with a spatula made of cardboard or milk-jug plastic and lightly scrape away the excess. Straighten out the pages, and after laying some plastic wrap over the binding, clamp the binding and wait for it to dry.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, using something to smear the glue along the spine will help to make the book more durable.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    What I was trying to point out was that putting glue on the FACE of the pages, just for a narrow, 1/16" strip near the spine, gives a stronger bond because it glues the pages together for that 1/16". Just smearing the glue along the edges results in a spine made of glue, with the edges of the pages adhering to this chunk of glue instead of a page adhering to the adjacent pages. Glue is generally better at holding other materials together than it is holding itself together in a structural way. Admittedly, smearing glue along the edges in the usual way will get some of it in between the pages and will glue a microscopic strip of the page-faces together. But there are probably millions of broken-down college course-packets out there that were bound in this manner. The bending I was describing exposes a wider part of the page to the glue, and makes a sturdier bond. The idea wasn't my own-- it's the principle behind the new & improved binding option available at a major office-supply chain.
    I'm left with the feeling here that this comment isn't worth the time to type it.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    First of all bo88y, I must say that your comment worth every word cause you just made me save a real deal of money, Plus with the rite kind of glue, i challenge my friends to rip the book i made apart, None of them was able to do so until they peel each pages apart so i must say your comment worth it