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I wrote many stories/books in my past...but I do not have the resources to bind and glue/print pages for a book. Where may I go to do that? or Where can I get the resources to do this on my own?

  • If you can't find a local print shop to do it, get onto your nearest university. At least in the past in the UK, theses had to be hard bound. Some one had to do it. – S. Mitchell Oct 27 '15 at 22:09
  • Where abouts are you, geography wise? Do you live near a Staples or a Rymans? – Mac Cooper Oct 28 '15 at 9:15
  • staples i live near staples – anonymous Oct 28 '15 at 15:57
  • I don't wanna post an answer in the comments and the stackexchange app doesn't like me so I can't realLy make an answer tonight but ... If it helps I specified those two companies purposefully :P – Mac Cooper Oct 28 '15 at 22:54
  • Hopefully, you haven't proofread in the past and will be hiring a good one. Try "I have written..." I'm not a grammar nazi, but this is a writing site. – Thom Oct 29 '15 at 13:12
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Lulu gets the most recommendations, I've noticed. I think you can buy individual printed copies or bulk orders.

  • Looks professional. How do you actually get a book cover to be hard bound though with just the average printer/ – anonymous Oct 27 '15 at 22:18
  • Ah I misunderstood. If you mean like binding the book yourself at home I'd say you should research websites from people who do it as a hobby. Any craft store should have the right glue and other materials for binding, you probably just need to clamp the pages down until they dry. Sounds like a lot of work though. – Shelby Oct 27 '15 at 22:22
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    Agreed, it also takes a much greater amount of energy and patience – anonymous Oct 27 '15 at 22:23
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As @yblehS says, Lulu is probably your best bet.

I have a book published with Lulu in hard cover and they do a nice, professional job. They have no minimum size on an order so if you just want a handful of copies -- or 1 copy -- that's no problem.

You could buy the equipment to professionally bind a book at home for like a couple of thousand dollars. Unless you're planning to print hundreds or thousands of copies, that's unlikely to be worth the investment.

I'm sure you could come up with a craft-shop approach to it, cut the pages yourself and glue them and make a cover out of cardboard and laminate it and all. But that sounds like a lot of work when Lulu will do it for like ten or fifteen bucks and probably do a better job than you could.

Not hard cover, but: I used to struggle to find an appointment calendar in a format I like every year. Now I make my own. I create a PDF file, send it off to CreateSpace, and order 2 copies. It costs me like $10. CreateSpace doesn't do hardcover, which brings us back to Lulu.

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