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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.

Latest Bookbinding News

Calling all Guesthouses & Game Lodges - Guestbook Binding

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Calling all Guest Houses and Game Lodges. Bookbinding Services in Port Elizabeth would like to introduce our Guest Book Binding Services.

From leather binding to wooden cover book binding, we have several options for you to choose from.

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A reminder from Bookbinder - Why we need to read more

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We at bookbinding services like to think we understand the importance of reading. Literature is an archive of human culture and ideas. By reading books and writing them, we maintain these ideas and add to the pool of human knowledge and history.

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Bookbinding Services celebrates their team of Bookbinders

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This month, Bookbinding Services would like to commemorate our team of bookbinders for their hard work and dedication.

We are proud to state that we are one of the few bookbinders around who can boast that our books are hand-bound!

Between our beloved staff, we boast a total of 120 years of experience in book binding. Each well-versed in both traditional and the more modern book binding techniques.

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New Book Binding Project for the Newspaper House Archives

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Recently, Bookbinding Services was asked by the local Newspaper House Archives to rebind a collection of newspapers dating back to the 1950’s and 1970’s.

The project required the newspapers being bound into new covers. To preserve the papers, the new covers and binding needed to be robust enough to last for another generation or two.

The previous binding was old and some of the bound copies had been destroyed resulting in some papers being damaged and parts going missing.

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