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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!!!
This really does fill a huge gap in the market for a practical, easy-to-follow and sensibly laid-out book. The techniques are clearly illustrated with lucid explanations, step-by-step instructions and photographs - the layout is extremely user-friendly. This is going to be an invaluable must-have for anyone studying book-binding...
Published on 3 Feb 2010 by Dollerina

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well bound but poorly printed
As others have mentioned, this is not the book for the absolute beginner. It's also not a book for someone with less than eagle eyes. The text is printed in very small fonts, some of the text is in light red which makes it very difficult to read, the pictures are small, and there are big blank areas on almost every page that could have been taken up with larger, darker...
Published 22 days ago by Laura Knight-Jadczyk


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!!!, 3 Feb 2010
This review is from: Bookbinding: A Step-by-step Guide (Hardcover)
This really does fill a huge gap in the market for a practical, easy-to-follow and sensibly laid-out book. The techniques are clearly illustrated with lucid explanations, step-by-step instructions and photographs - the layout is extremely user-friendly. This is going to be an invaluable must-have for anyone studying book-binding...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem, 10 Feb 2010
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This book is terrific. Instructions are clear, comprehensive and accurate. Excellent illustrations and great layout. A great find!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed descriptions, 4 Nov 2010
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J. E. Finch "archiver44" (Sussex, England.) - See all my reviews
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I've been on several residential bookbinding courses, and have several books on the subject, but this one is one of the best I've seen. Specifically, the descriptive text and accompanying photographs are first class. Bookbinding is not easy to learn just from books, but if that's the way you want to do it, this book is the one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bookbinding: A Step- by -Step Guide, 1 April 2011
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W. Simpkins "FLY TYER" (UNITED KINGDOM) - See all my reviews
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A extremely well thought out book, giving a guide through all types of binding and with most useful terminology section including a description of tools and materials. This book also helps to remove the myths of bookbinding. I would recommend this book to any one wishing to start the art of bookbinding. The Author also produces an excellent CD version of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn bookbinding., 7 Aug 2010
This review is from: Bookbinding: A Step-by-step Guide (Hardcover)
I was lucky enough to take a class taught by Kathy Abbott, and this book is the next best thing. A clear description of tools and techniques that most people could follow easily.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginner's book, 7 Mar 2010
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Christopher Clegg (London) - See all my reviews
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The book does what it says on the tin. (well, the cover anyway)
It really does take you small step by small step, with clear illustrations of the difficult bits, where other books tend not to be bothered with the really elementary stuff.
For an absolute beginner, it provides the necessary guidance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but not for the absolute beginner, 9 Dec 2012
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Recently bought this book on recommendation of a number of bookbinding enthusiasts and some experts. It is very clearly written and has lots of illustrations which makes following the book quite easy. As has been noted by others, this is not a book for beginners but then I wouldn't recommend anyone to learn bookbinding simply from a book. Best to attend a few workshops and then delve into books such as this one for specific projects to enhance one's repertoire. Having said that, this is not just a book with a set of interesting projects. It is very much a reference text as well which helps to remind the reader of specific techniques as needed. I keep it now on my binding desk and consult it as I need to recall some details. This is particularly helpful as, though I do know the basics, I wouldn't consider myself an experienced bookbinder by a mile. And my favourite part has to be the Weaver's Knot. It is one thing I always struggle with - despite seeing a few techniques in workshops and even YouTube videos. The technique described in the book is really easy to follow (and illustrated with photographs). No more fear of running out of sewing thread!

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for this one!, 21 Oct 2011
This review is from: Bookbinding: A Step-by-step Guide (Hardcover)
I'm finding this book incredibly helpful in my attempts to teach myself sewn bindings. I have other books, but after buying this one........now finally I understand! Her written instructions are clear and concise and her writing supportive and inspiring. I would have avoided making quite so very many mistakes had I started using this book right from the beginning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book, 6 April 2014
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Really strong content perfect book for bookbinders seeking the right information to make amazing books and would strongly advice it to anymore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well bound but poorly printed, 28 Mar 2014
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Laura Knight-Jadczyk (France) - See all my reviews
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As others have mentioned, this is not the book for the absolute beginner. It's also not a book for someone with less than eagle eyes. The text is printed in very small fonts, some of the text is in light red which makes it very difficult to read, the pictures are small, and there are big blank areas on almost every page that could have been taken up with larger, darker text. In short, it is uncomfortable to read, not inviting, which is a shame because the content is actually quite good.
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