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Welcome to Book Binding Services - Your Bookbinders in South Africa

At Bookbinding Services, we listen to our client’s book binding needs and wants. We welcome new bookbinding ideas and always aim to achieve what our clients have in mind.

We have a staff compliment of 7 ladies who are all thoroughly trained bookbinders.

Book Binding Services - Bookbinders South Africa

Furthermore, we are based in Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape, however, we have clients from all over Southern Africa. Contact us, for more information about how you can become one of our long distance clients.

Our clients include High Courts, Universities, Students, Advocates, Attorneys, Schools and the hospitality industry.

Types of Book Binding

We specialise in Thesis Binding, Law Report Binding, Periodicals/Journals and book repairs to old and damaged books.

Additionally, we make up menus, wine list holders, visitors books and guest books according to your special needs.

Books can be bound in a variety of materials, including:

  • Leather,
  • Bonded leather,
  • Wintan leather,
  • PVC,
  • Novalite,
  • Printed covers,
  • Canvas,
  • and denim.

Bookbinder Methods

We are proud to be one of the only bookbinders in South Africa that still do their book binding by hand. We offer the following binding methods:

  • Hot melt binding – this is done using a hot melt perfect binder. The spine of the book will be square, with a soft wrap around cover.
  • Cold glue binding – with this method, the glue is applied manually, using padding compound. A wrap around soft cover or a full case cover can then be used on the outside of the book. For soft cover books, the spine will be square, while for full case books, the spine will be rounded.
  • Full case binding – a full case (cover) is made using one of the materials described earlier. The book block (content pages) will be either glue bound or sewn. The cover is then drawn onto the block (cased in). Titles, names, dates, etc. can also be foiled onto the cover in either gold or silver.
  • Section sewing – using a book sewing machine, the various sections that make up a book are sewn together using cotton. The book can then be perfect bound with a soft cover, or full case bound.

Printing Port Elizabeth

Although we do not print, we work closely with several great local printers. Therefore, if you require both printing and binding, liase with us and we will refer you to the best printer for your project.

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