The first thing to do is to identify the problem(s) and tackle it from the inside of the book outward. Experiment with a throw away book  or buy one cheaply from a Thrift Store

Use unprinted newsprint or wax paper to avoid moisture penetration and sticky pages after gluing.Use a heavy  weight with boards to press the books and leave glue to dry for a certain period of time.

Librarians and Book Dealers Tips &Techniques

Book Parts:


  • Front and back cover
  • Inside front cover – attached end  paper
  • Spine –  Book back (bind edge) of book
  • Hinge – space between cover and spine case to allow cover to open
  • Fore-Edge – face or right edge of book
  • Book block – inside pages
  • End sheets – folded sheet normally of different paper or substrate attached by tip-in method to front and back of book block
  • Dust Jacket – a sheet of printed paper wrapped around outside  cover with an inside flap

Bookbinding Tools:

  • Pink Pearl eraser
  • Sand Paper
  • Wax Paper
  • Paring Knife
  • Cleaning Solvent
  • Rubber Cement
  • Book Press
  • PVA Glue
  • Cutting Knife
  • Rags
  • Transparent Tape
  • Brushes
  • Paste
  • Scissors
  • Ice Pick
  • Japanese Rice Paper
  • Book Cleaners
  • Ruler
  • Folding Bone

Book Cleaners:

  • Opaline dry cleaning pad
  • Delkote book clean
  • Quick dry non-harmful solvent
  • Pink pearl eraser


Shy Riyasat

Bookbinding Professional