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Options and Extras

Custom foil stamping, spine bands, custom end sheets, page repair and other great services to consider

This page contains an introduction to our Top 10 "Options" and "Extras", with a more in-depth discussion on the page below.  Options and Extras are an additional price which can be found on our  Price List for Options and Extras page.  General base pricing for our Rebinding, Restoration, Repair or Make a Book Services can be found on our GET STARTED page.

Top 10 "Options" and "Extras" to consider (discussed below): 

  1. Cover considerations: Do you want to save the original cover or want a NEW cover?  Many customers do not realize that all or a portion of original covers can be saved using several different bookbinding techniques.  View Cover considerations.
  2. Material upgrades: Beautiful and durable goatskins and cow plonge leathers are optional. Standard rebinding and repair are in bonded leather. View Material Upgrades
  3. Page Marker Ribbons: Customer selects color(s) and the number of ribbons is dependent on the thickness of the book block. Plenty of colors.  View Ribbons
  4. Foil Stamping: Foil stamping text, names or images are popular on new covers and spines.  View Foil Stamping.
  5. Spine bands and Rule lines:  Raised spine bands on a new spine adds character and dimension.  Rule lines accentuate the spine bands. View Spine Bands
  6. Marriage, Birth, Death pages, and other page inserts: We have a great selection of genealogy inserts or can customize any dedication page.  View Page Inserts
  7. End sheets: Large selection of new end sheets materials.  We have the ability to use graphic design to recreate existing end sheets.  View End Sheets
  8. Repairing torn or damaged pages:  Are there torn or damaged interior pages?  Do the page edges have "dog ears" or do the pages need a "face trim"?  View Page Repair
  9. Missing text or pages replaced:  If missing a portion of text in many cases, we can recreate the missing text.  If pages are missing, we have sourced other similar Bible translations and bound them into the original. This is our Research and Replace service.  View Missing Text and Page Replacement
  10. Leather Cover Treatments: When saving an original cover, will it need any Conditioners/Sealants/ Red Rot Treatment? View Leather Treatments

 

1. Cover considerations... Do you want a NEW cover or want to save an original exterior cover or spine?

Many customers do not realize that all or a portion of original covers can be saved. If you want to save an original cover, there are several bookbinding techniques available.  Our splice method is included in the service, but sometimes, this method is not practical or available.

Sometimes, a "Well" method is the better solution.  The "Well" method requires more bookbinding time and is a good solution when:

  1. If the original covers are too thin, brittle or flexible to accept a splicing method;
  2. If a portion of the original cover is damaged or does not lend itself to a traditional splicing method.

To learn more about the different types of methods we use,  see Bible Restoration.

 

"Well" Method

$76.00 per side
  • Custom cover with "well" to inlay original cover
  • Price is in addition to the basic price of a book/Bible repair found in the Price Estimator

Making corners to repair a cover

When saving an original cover, we can also make new distinctive corners in the same material you selected for the cover.  Corners protect and beautify the corners of your book or Bible where they need the most protection.

Corners can also be added to hide imperfections and protect worn corners.  Click on the photo for a larger image.

Corners

$36.00
  • Protect and beautify the corners of your book or Bible
  • Price is in addition to the basic price of a book/Bible repair found in the Price Estimator

2. Material upgrades

We offer a large selection of upgrade materials.  We recommend NEW covers in Sokoto or River Grain Goatskin for durability and for a better foil stamping surface.  These upgraded materials are extra.  For more information on prices, go to our price calculator where you can get price estimates based on options.  All book repairs and Bible repairs come standard in bonded leather.
A. Sokoto Goatskin (View)
B. River Grain Goatskin (View)
C. Cowhide Plonge (View)
D. Metalic Cowhide Plonge (View)

A. Sokoto Goatskin

Sokoto Goatskin used in Bible rebinding and Book rebinding

Sokoto Goatskin

$86.00
  • More durable than bonded leather
  • Works great with hot foil stamping
  • Finest vegetable tanned goatskin from Nigeria
  • This upgrade can be calculated in one of our Price Estimators

B. River Grain Goatskin

River Grain Goatskin used in book rebinding and bible rebinding

River Grain Goatskin

$86.00
  • More durable than bonded leather
  • Works great with hot foil stamping
  • Finest vegetable tanned goatskin from Nigeria
  • This upgrade can be calculated in one of our Price Estimators

C. Cowhide Plonge

Cow Plonge option for Bible Rebinding

Cowhide Plonge

$67.00
  • More durable than bonded leather
  • Strong and elegant with a luscious soft feel
  • This upgrade can be calculated in one of our Price Estimators

D. Cowhide Metallic Plonge

Metallic Cow Plonge used in book rebinding and bible rebinding

Cowhide Metallic Plonge

$67.00
  • More durable than bonded leather
  • Strong and elegant with a luscious soft feel
  • This upgrade can be calculated in one of our Price Estimators

3. Satin Page Marker Ribbons

We include up to three (3) page marking ribbons at no extra charge. The first ribbon is located closest to the spine. Any subsequent ribbons are placed away from the spine.

Click on the photos for larger images.

Option A: 1/4" Satin Ribbon Markers

Satin Ribbon page markers

Option B: 5/16" Satin Ribbon Markers

Satin Thicker Book Mark Ribbon Selections

4. Foil Stamping and Debossing- Personalize your book or Bible

Hot Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is a great way to personalize your book or Bible.  Standard color selections include gold, silver, copper, and gunmetal.   We have numerous other custom foils to accentuate any occasion or event.

See our Bible personalization page for a detailed outline of foil stamping and embossing options for Bibles.

We also replicate old exterior covers using foil stamping and modern day technology.  So if you want a nearly identical look for your replacement cover, please see some examples in Replicating Cover Images.

 

Foil Stamp Name or Text

$12.00 per line*
  • Foil stamp name or text on front cover or spine
  • Foil stamp name or text on interior fly sheet
  • Gold, Silver, Copper or Gun Metal foil colors
  • *with purchase of Rebinding, Restoration, Repair or Make A Book Services
  • $26.00 as a stand alone service (See us for details)

Specialty Foil Stamp Images

$15.00 per "in-house" image*
  • Foil stamp "In-House image on cover or spine
  • Custom stamp dies available
  • Gold, Silver, Copper or Gun Metal foil colors
  • *with purchase of Rebinding, Restoration, Repair or Make A Book Services
  • $32.00 as a stand alone service (See us for details)

Debossing Images

$15.00 per image*
  • Debossing Images on Cover or Spine
  • Impressing a die into material leaving imprint of the image
  • *with purchase of Rebinding, Restoration, Repair or Make A Book Services
  • $32.00 as a stand alone service (See us for details)

5. Spine Bands and Spine Rule Lines

Raised bands on a new spine add character and dimension.  The cover material selection can affect the look of the spine bands caused mostly because of the thickness of the materials.

Cowhide plonge and goatskin are thicker materials than bonded leather.  Accordingly, spine bands in natural grains have a different look and feel than the spine bands in bonded leather.

A beautiful combination is to combine a natural leather or goatskin and either foil stamp or deboss ruled line(s) above and/or below the spine band so the spine band "pops".

Deboss rule lines are basically foiled rule lines without the foil.  The impressions made above and below the spine bands look great.  Debossing impresses a die into the surface of a material, leaving a depressed (debossed) imprint of the image.  Click on the photos for a larger image.

Raised Spine Bands

$36.00 per book*
  • Add character and dimension
  • Bookbinder discretion on number, spacing and thickness
  • *with purchase of Rebinding, Restoration, Repair or Make A Book Services

Foil Stamp Rule Lines

$14.00 per book*
  • Gold, Silver, Copper or Gun Metal
  • Bookbinder discretion on number, spacing and thickness
  • *with purchase of Rebinding, Restoration, Repair or Make A Book Services
  • $30.00 as a stand alone service (See us for details)

Debossing Rule Lines

$14.00 per book*
  • Accent lines made by die impression
  • Bookbinder discretion on number, spacing and thickness
  • *with purchase of Rebinding, Restoration, Repair or Make A Book Services
  • $30.00 as a stand alone service (See us for details)

Decisions relating to Spine Bands:

  1. Do you want Spine Bands?
  2. If so, thin or thick?
  3. Do you want deboss rule lines above and below the spine bands to accentuate the spine bands?

Decisions relating to Rule lines:

  1. Do you want Rule Lines on the spine?
  2. If so, what color? (gold, silver, copper or gunmetal). We recommend the same color as any other foil stamping.

Spine Bands in genuine cowhide and goatskin

Spine Bands in bonded leather

The spine bands on these bonded leather Bibles have a slightly different appearance than the spine bands in cowhide plonge or goatskin.   Click on the photos for larger images.

Thick or thin Spine Bands?

If you want spine bands, please let us know if you prefer thick or thin spine bands.  If you want us to decide our bookbinders will be happy to do so. Click on the photos for larger images.

Rule lines without spine bands

We foil stamp rule lines on books and Bibles.

6. Marriage, Birth and Death genealogy page inserts

Adding additional genealogy page inserts to Family Bibles has never been easier.  We have numerous styles of Marriage, Birth Death and other genealogy pages available.  Please note that all of the pages below can be resized to fit any book or Bible.

We also can offer any type of custom dedication page that you may want to insert into any book.  See examples below.

Option A

Genealogy Page Inserts

$65.00
  • Custom Birth, Marriage or Death page inserts
  • Four "In-House" Options available

Option B

Option C

Option D

7. End Sheets

Standard End Sheet Options

Standard comes with ivory, white and black cover stock paper.

Black cover stock

Ivory cover stock

White cover stock

Upgrade End Sheet Options

A.  Coordinating bonded leather  End Sheets (determined by bookbinder) (View here)

B.  Aged Light Parchment End Sheets (View here)

C.  Aged Dark Parchment End Sheets (View here)

D.  Custom Scanned End Sheets (View here)

E.  Marble End Sheets (View here)

F.  Floral End Sheets (View here)

G. Religious Image End Sheets (View here)

H. Cook Book End Sheets (View here)

I.  Silk Moire End Sheets (View here)

J. Graphic Design and Reprint Original End Sheets (View here)

A. Coordinating bonded leather End Sheets

If you select a bonded leather option, our bookbinder will select the best match in the bookbinder's discretion.  If you want to be part of that decision, please let us know.  We recommend upgrading to one of our coordinating bonded leathers for all study bibles as our bonded leather is more durable than the cover stock paper.

Bonded Leather Endsheets

$36.00
  • More durable than standard stock cover
  • $72.00 for Extra Large books or Bibles

B. Aged Light Parchment End Sheets

Light Parchment end sheet

C. Aged Dark Parchment End Sheets

Dark Parchment end sheet

Aged Parchment End sheets

$15.00 per book
  • Light or Dark Parchment Options

D. Custom Scanned End Sheets

We can scan the original end sheets and reproduce them on paper to get a fresh look.  This is especially valuable when the end sheets contain art, notes or other sentimental materials.  Additional charges may apply for repairs or graphic design. See Examples below.

Custom Scanned End sheets

$45.00
  • Great option to save interior art

E. Marble End Sheets

Marble End sheets

$45.00
  • Beautiful! Be sure to refer to these End Sheets by number.

F. Floral End Sheets

Floral End sheets

$45.00
  • Beautiful! Be sure to refer to these End Sheets by number.

G. Religious End Sheets

Religious End sheets

$45.00
  • Beautiful! Be sure to refer to these End Sheets by name and number.

H. Cook Book End sheets

Cook Book Repair

$45.00

I. Silk Moire Endsheets

Silk Moire End sheets

$65.00
  • Beautiful! Be sure to refer to these End Sheets by name.

J. Graphic Design and Reprint Original End Sheets (call for price)

The two images below were torn, ripped and damaged.  Look at the first picture with the large portions of the left edge missing.   The second picture is ripped with tape in the middle.

We scanned the images and used graphic design software to clean up the images and remove the appearance of the tears.  We also recreated portions of the images.

Repaired Images (together)

8. Page Repair for torn or damaged interior pages and page preservation.

We have a dedicated page to Page Repair if you have pages that need any type of page repair.   We suggest you head there.

Japanese tissue paper repair

We use Japanese tissue to preserve centuries-old signatures, recordings, Marriage, Birth and Death genealogy pages and other important pages.  As a result, the process creates a stronger page with archival properties.  Furthermore, you can write on the pages afterward with additional entries.  We also may elect to use Japanese tissue for pages with substantial tears or rips.

Other page repair

For minor tears in paper or to repair paper, we use pH neutral document repair tape and/or mending tissue that is acid-free lignin-free tissue that is very thin yet strong.

Binding Edge repair

When pages are missing portions of their binding edge, these edges need to be replaced so that the pages can be bound back into the book or Bible.  We use binding edge tissue for these types of repairs.

Repair for pages with "Dog ears"

"Dog Ears" are corners that are bent.  Nearly all Bibles have a few of these pages and when we see them, we will bend them back into place and iron them down.  However, if there are more than a few, we offer an hourly service @ $45.00 per hour to give your book or Bible the extra attention it deserves to address "dog ears".

Please know that if you want the book or Bible to be face trimmed, we will need to repair the "dog ears".

Getting a clean page edge with a "Face Trim"

A Face Trim is when we trim the exterior edge of all pages for a clean fresh look.  The pages are normally trimmed 1/8”.  However, please note that a face trim may also trim any handwritten notes at the edge and would not be recommended if you want to retain existing gold edge gilding.  We typically do face trims unless the book or Bible comes to use with gold edge gilding.

Japanese Tissue Repair

$12.00 per page
  • Full archival tissue repair
  • $26.00 per page for larger books and Bibles

Other Page Repair

$6.00 per page
  • Acid-free lignin-free

Binding Edge Tissue Repair

$8.00 per page
  • Full archival tissue repair on binding edge

Custom Repair Services

$45.00 per hour
  • "Dog Ears" repair and ironing

page repair and trim
Bible restoration should include page repair and a clean face trim

9. Research and Replace: Solutions for missing or severely damaged text or missing pages

Missing or severely damaged text

On some Bibles, we have the ability to research and reconstruct pages with missing portions of text.   Then we can reprint these pages and bind them with the original pages. Please check with us to see if we can perform this service for your Bible version.

The image is an example of what we can do.  Note the severe damage on the left portion of the page.  The goal here was to reconstruct this page and replace all of the missing text.

Research and Replace

$45.00 per hour

This image is what it the page looks like after the original page is scanned and we after we start the reconstruction process.  The original page is imported into computer software where we can start to add the words that are missing.  Blue lines assist our efforts to align the placement of the missing letters to the page.  This page shows successful replace and repair on the top left portion of the page with the bottom lower portion not yet repaired.

Final Repaired Page:

This image shows the final repairs.  We then take the page and reprint it and substitute it in for the original page and cut it to size.  Don't worry, the blue lines won't be there when we print it!

Missing pages

We do receive some Bibles and books with missing pages.  On some of these, we have been successful in sourcing these pages and binding them with the original book or Bible.

10. Leather Cover Treatments

Many Family Bible covers are cracked and dry and need leather treatments as part of the Bible repair services.  Sometimes, this also applies to book repairs, but not as often as the books are not generally as old as some of the Family Bibles we see.  Our bookbinders may suggest a leather conditioning treatment, sealant treatment, red rot treatment or a combination of these services.

Option A: Leather Conditioning

The leather conditioning treatment is a popular option as it often brings out the color and reconditions the cover.  Please let us know if you want this service and we can provide a quote.

Leather Conditioning

$36.00

Option B: Leather Sealant

We also see books and Bibles that have corners and edges that are frayed, splitting and coming apart.  We can apply sealant to these corners and edges to slow down the damage and seal them.   There are some Family Bibles where the leather covers are peeling apart at other locations and there is a need for a product that slows down the flaking process.  In this instance, the sealant may bring out additional color in the cover and sometimes, the cover color takes on a slightly different color.

Leather Sealant

$28.00
  • Sealant only applied where needed

Option C: Leather Conditioning and Sealant Services Combined

Some Family Bibles receive a combination of leather conditioning and sealant services as part of the Bible repair services.  Our bookbinders may suggest these procedures.  These products can bring out an additional color in the cover and sometimes, the cover color takes on a slightly different color.

Leather Conditioning and Sealant Treatment

$64.00

Option D: Red Rot Treatment- When leather becomes powdery in your hands

Red rot is a degradation process found in leather that has been vegetable tanned, caused when leather reaches temperatures beyond what it can handle, has been exposed to high relative humidity or from prolonged storage. Red rot leather appears to be powdery on the surface. The damage caused by red rot is irreversible,but can be slowed down and prevented from spreading.

Red Rot Treatment

$36.00

Prices referenced on this page are subject to change.  Final prices are sent after physical inspection of your book/Bible at our warehouse.

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