Monday 14 June 2021

Book Review: Bookbinding and How to Bring Old Books Back to Life by Aimee Spillman (Non-Fiction/Crafts)

Title: Bookbinding and How to Bring Old Books Back to Life
Author: Aimee Spillman
Publisher: White Owl
Publication Date: 30 September 2021
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fictions / Crafts
Source: ARC via NetGalley

This book is a breath of fresh air showing you the fundamental skills and techniques you will need to start binding your own books.

You don't need a lot of expensive tools or materials to do bookbinding and this guide has been made to make the process accessible for any one who wants to do some "weekend projects".

This book will appeal to people who love books, but lead busy lives and yet still want to be creative. It will show you the basics and teach the fundamental skills and practices that will get you binding your own books in no time. These skills will then be transferable across a number of projects contained within and hopefully make you want to learn more.

The 'Weekend Projects' will include how to do simple repairs on your old and well loved books, giving them a new lease of life, including adding hard covers to paperbacks and doing simple repairs. Along with these we will be creating bespoke notebooks and it will show you some unique ways to use your new found binding skills to keep and store your special cards.


I requested Bookbinding from NetGalley for two reasons. Firstly, because I've always thought bookbinding would be an interesting skill to learn, and secondly, because I have an old book from my childhood which is falling apart and which I have long been considering getting rebound. Bookbinding is nicely presented, with clear instructions and plenty of illustrations. I could follow all the steps without any difficulty and think I would be capable of performing the tasks myself; however, reading this book has put me off trying to complete the project for myself, since, while the required tools are not numerous, I would need to buy certain items, some of which might take a while to source, and given the amount of work involved, especially trying it for the first time, I believe I would be better off paying a professional to take care of my childhood text. That doesn't mean I consider Bookbinding of no use though. It contains some interesting projects for creating your own notebooks etc., which is something I might try in the future (if I ever have enough time to spare), and thus it will be of interest to anyone keen to learn a new skill or perhaps looking to make some kind of custom gift for friends and family. It will also, doubtless, appeal to booklovers who wish to know how their favourite items are produced. So, while it may not have solved my immediate requirements, I am still glad I read this book and I definitely learnt something new from it to try out on some future day.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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