Self-publishing – novelists, poets, biographers, academics, local historians or children’s authors – we can produce your finished printed and bound books

Essex Bookbinders can print and/or bind books for writers who wish to self-publish. Whether you are a novelist, poet, biographer, academic, local historian or children’s author we can help you get into print. We can produce beautifully printed and bound volumes for you to sell or give away. In the past we have produced family histories, poetry books, pop-up books, photo-books and memoirs. No challenge is too great!

We can also supply you with an ISBN number if required. All our books are handmade by skilled craftspeople. We offer competitive prices and high standards.

Please bear in mind that we will have to quote a price for each job on an individual basis as there are so many variables such as print quality, number of copies, number of pages, type of binding, weight of paper, etc.

This page is designed to give you an overview of our self-publishing services with some examples of books we have produced. We always aim to work within your budget, whether you want one book or hundreds. Please phone or email with your specifications and we will be happy to give you a quote within a few hours.

Three hole sewn

These booklets were produced using a very inexpensive binding method which looks stylish but doesn’t cost the earth to produce. It was three-hole sewn with coloured  thread.

If you wanted to have something similar produced and provided us with the printed sheets, we could fold and bind them into a beautiful book similar to this for a very competitive price.

Obviously, if you wanted us to print them too, it would cost a bit more.

We can also print your covers on card like the booklet, or you can keep costs down by printing the whole book on paper.

Full bound/sewn

A full bound book is a hard back book which has been completely covered in cloth, leather or printed paper. The cost of this binding is very much dependent upon the materials used.

Pictured is a cloth-covered full bound book, hand-sewn, with a rounded back and headbands that we produced in our workshop.  We are able to produce dust jackets to protect the book, or you can just leave the book to be seen in all its glory.

We can foil-block the lettering of your choice on almost any material, on the spine and/or on the front.

Half bound/full bound/quarter bound

Pictured are three books with different binding options. For your project, the spine can be covered with hardwearing material such as leather, buckram (book cloth) or leatherette and the front and back boards with printed (and laminated) paper, or plain paper. Or you could even leave the boards bare.

The example shows the half bound and quarter bound books covered with leatherette on the spines (and corners) and handmade marbled paper on the front/back.

The full bound book is covered with the same material and foil-blocked on the front.