Book Binders








What is a Book Binder?

A Bookbinder is a person who has mastered the art of assembling individual pages of a book into a single volume (text block) and attaching a cover. 

Some commercial printers produce millions of books (like best sellers, journals, coffee table books and bibles) while other printers create one-of-a-kind speciality books where the bookbinder does the work by hand. 

Sometimes these one-of-a-kind books are bound in special materials, for example, leather.

Some Bookbinders also repair and restore old or rare books, especially if the cover has been damaged. 

What does a Book Binder do?

  • collates and assembles pages
  • makes text blocks and attaches covers
  • ensures quality control
  • in some cases, packs and ships books to clients
  • restores old or rare books

Are you … ?

  • interested in printing?
  • a person who loves books?
  • accurate?
  • a perfectionist?
  • good with your hands?
  • neat and tidy?
  • observant?
  • mechanical?
  • responsible?
  • a person who takes pride in their work?

How do I become a Book Binder?

You may get an apprenticeship in a book-printing company/publishing house. 

If you can’t get one immediately – maybe you could try and apply for a different entry-level position in a printing company, for instance:  a sales person, front desk or admin person.

Once you’re in – you can maybe then show them you have skills and interest in getting involved in the actual printing side.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Signwriter … or … Guillotine Operator

Is becoming a Book Binder the right career choice for me?