Print Finisher or Bookbinder

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A print finisher carries out the last part of the printing process, trimming the pages and binding them into hardback or paperback books, journals or brochures. A few craft bookbinders bind and decorate books by hand. The work is also referred to as post-press.

The Work

You could be:

As a specialist craft bookbinder you could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries might be around £17,000 a year. Skilled print finishers can earn £20,000 to £25,000 a year. A self-employed bookbinder working from home might charge from £20 to £60 for book repairs and binding. For restoration this could be a lot more, depending on the value of the book and the amount of damage.


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What Does it Take?

You should be:

If you are a craft bookbinder you should be:


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF)
Tel: 01676 526 030
Twitter: @BPIF

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