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A career as a bookbinder

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM

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Excerpt: At the HBI/LBI Fall Conference, we learned that there are only 19 certified library binding establishments left. One owner is abandoning library binding altogether for more profitable endeavors like on-demand and photo book printing and binding. It looks like the expansion of our trade association to include other, similar segments of our industry was timed just right. We live in a world of changes leaving bookbinders to wonder how they fit in. Today, while typographers are virtually gone, and prepress operations are limited and often part of graphic design, binders continue to thrive.

Werner Rebsamen is technical director, Hardcover Binders Intl./Library Binding Institute ( Contact him at

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