One of the things we do at Juniper Books that is different from any other book seller in the world is that we can help with just about any book project – from requests for a lot of books in a particular style at a low cost per book, to projects involving one very special book and a much generous budget per book.
About 11 years ago I started selling rare books online – first from my own collection and then books that I went out and acquired from estate sales and auctions. Occasionally I would come across a rare book in terrible shape so I started developing relationships with bookbinders. Bookbinding is expensive and time consuming – when executed skillfully, the results are beautiful and last forever. Juniper Books helps clients with bookbinding projects – both in leather and cloth, and we also work on custom boxes and cases for books and other printed material. However given the cost of bookbinding, it is not for everyone or every project.
The custom book bindings are generally for clients who have one special book (e.g., a Family Bible, a sentimental or rare book) and wish to preserve it in an attractive new binding. We also create special gift editions for clients that might be a cherished classic, or could be a commemorative book for a specific project (e.g., a thesis, a recently completed design/architecture project, etc.) We work with clients closely to design each binding exactly to their preferences – this includes leather and bookcloth colors, title and detail design.
At the other end of the cost and time spectrum are our wrapped books. Whereas a custom binding might take 3-6 weeks and costs a few hundred dollars, we can make hundreds of wrapped books in a day at a very small cost per book. We have been working with designers, architects, developers and visual merchandisers for years to provide them with books in the exact color and texture of their choice. Our book wrappings are generally paper jackets that we measure and cut precisely then apply to each book, in some cases they are fabric.
While some have copied our work, what cannot be duplicated is the attention to detail we provide to each project, the quality of our materials and our excellent customer service. We offer customers an infinite number of color choices – we stock dozens of colors and I personally test a lot more papers around the year to assess their suitability for wrapping books. We do this so that we are always ready when someone calls with a rush order – such as a visual merchandiser who needs to put 50 gold books in 100 store windows by Christmas! Or a spa in Miami about to hold their grand opening and they need a couple thousand white books. Or a video game company launching a new product and they need a few hundred books in their corporate color to stage a mock home.
If a customer needs books screened for content we do that as well – for example a conservative hotel chain that does not want romance novels in their lobbies . . .
In 2010, I introduced custom printed book jackets into the market and we are the only company that provides them. The idea was to take book wrapping to a whole new level, especially for residential home customers. The idea is that you can have the books you want (ie literary classics, or Civil War histories) and get the color / style that matches your interior. We measure each book then custom print the titles on each jacket so they fit perfectly – we can design them to look like antique leather books or bright modern colors and just about everything in between.
Some of our custom book jacket sets are available in our online store, however 99% of what we sell is custom made and so it is best to call or e-mail us about your project.
So, whether you have a project that calls for rebinding one book, or a need for several thousand books, Juniper Books can help!