rebinding guidelines

Textbook Rebinding Guidelines

Our textbook rebinding service is intended to extend the life of your textbooks at a fraction of the cost of buying a new or used book. Although our bindery is able to repair some of the most damaged textbooks, there are a few circumstances that would make rebinding impossible. Please use this guide when evaluating the condition of your textbooks.

Previously Rebound Textbooks

Textbooks that have been previously rebound by another company are handled individually and are billed at a higher rate than normal textbooks. To determine if a textbook has been previously rebound, look for the following traits:

  • The height and width of rebound books will be 1/8-3/4” smaller.
  • The cover image will look slightly different. Often a solid border will be used around the cover image.
  • The previous bindery may include a company logo on the back of the book or near the property box.
  • Buckram covers are a clear indication of previous bindery work.

Text and Trimming

Text near the edges of the page must be at least 1/8 of an inch from the edge in order to allow for trimming. Textbooks that have previously been rebound may not have enough margin for normal trimming. In order to rebind these books, we would need to handtrim the end sheets to match the book block without trimming anything from the block. A custom hand-trimming fee applies.

Text near the gutter (middle) of the book must be at least 1/2 an inch from the middle in order to be bound. If text is deeper into the gutter, we will not be able to trim and reglue the spine glue without losing text. These books will be rejected and returned. A return fee will apply.

We are unable to repair textbooks with the following issues:

  • Water Damage
  • Mold

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