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Spine Lettering

Spine Lettering makes finding your books easy.

We are a little different . . . we like our books to have lettering on the spine so we can find them easily when shelved.  That’s why we offer spine lettering on all of our photo book products.  You can create your photo books with one of our durable, attractive cloth covering materials or design your own cover by inserting lettering on the spine (as well as front and/or back covers if you wish) with our image cover option.  The best part of adding spine lettering to your photo books is that it doesn’t cost you anything additional.

When adding spine lettering to a cloth cover, there will be a field on the Payment Info screen during checkout.  You can enter up to 30 characters and it will be stamped on your photo book in all UPPER CASE letters.

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It’s now easier than ever to create the book you’ve always wanted to.  You submit your masterpiece in .PDF format and we take it from there.  There are many options to choose from that will give your book that special, 0ne-of-a-kind appearance.

Step 1) Create your manuscript using one of the many software applications (adobe, indezine, etc.) to create a print-ready .PDF file.

Step 2) Fill out the short form at Bonte Books (click on the Self-Publish tab at the top) or give us a call at 1-800-470-4070 to talk with one of our knowledgeable representatives about all the options you can select from and get a quote for your project.

Step 3) Submit your work to our FTP site so we can begin creating your work of art.

Step 4) Put the kettle on, relax and we’ll do the rest . . .

Bonté Books offers unlimited creative control to self-publish your next book. And, we’ll make it brilliant.   We’re here to create a beautifully bound book that you’ll love. Plus, we have many custom features available such as hand foil stamping, colorful cover options, and spine lettering.

With Bonté Books the custom options are endless!

Your Family Reunion, that Alaskan cruise, the Wedding to remember, a daughters first birthday party, my collection of 1st edition prints, our son’s hockey team, our pet that meant so much, a keepsake of family memories to give to my kids, hiking through Europe, our daughter’s graduation . . . These are some of the inspirational times that make photo books so important. These are the things that can last forever.
Recently, a friend of mine, who was born in Namibia (Africa), returned there to visit family and see some sites that he hasn’t seen in a while. He created a photo book to commemorate his trip. I was amazed at some of the photos he took.

The setting Sun in Namibia.

He collected upwards to 120 photos and once he went through them and selected the 50-60 shots that he wanted, he uploaded them into bonté’s online photo book software (, click “get started” to begin).  He laid out his book and it turned out beautiful. He visited a game reserve in Namibia and there are many wonderful shots of African wildlife. It gave me a whole new perspective into my friend’s life.

Photo books are a great way to not only preserve those moments that are so important to us, but they make it so easy to share them as well.

What are some of the ways that you’ve used photos, both hard-copy and digital, to share with family and friends? What are some of the inspirations that you’ve already used to create photo books to share? We would like to hear what you have to say, so we can offer the themes, backgrounds, and options that you desire. Have fun creating imaginative photo books and remember to leave your comments.

Leaf attachment refers to how the pages, or leaves, fasten to the book.  Many binding methods are thousands of years old and are still done the same way.

Whether doing research, reading for leisure, creating a delicious meal from your favorite cookbook, or showing friends your favorite photos, there are two characteristics of the binding of your book that need to be present . . . durability and flex.  Durability refers to the strength of the attachment.  Flex refers to the openability of the book.

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An example of a strong, flexible binding.

We utilize different techniques, materials and machinery in leaf attachment.  Fold sewing, Oversewing, Double-fan adhesive binding, Perfect binding,  Ph-neutral water-based Polyvinyl Acetate adhesives materials.  We use two techniques to test our bindings, page-pull and flex testing.  We’ll save those for another time.

There are easier ways to bind, but not better.

One of the techniques that we use is sewing through the fold of a book to create the ultimate binding in terms of strength and openability.  The photo above shows how fold sewing (of books up to 60 pages or 20 leaves) is performed.  Once books grow to above 60 pages, a more elaborate technique is used.  A series of folded pages that are “nested” then sewn to each other with a special multiple-signature sewing machine is used.  This particular technique provides a high-quality binding that will last as long as the paper in the book and it will allow you to show off your photo books for generations.