The New Living Translation
Bible Rebinders

Leather-bound Bible with snap!I am periodically asked how to repair an old family Bible or how to get a premium leather cover on a favorite NLT Bible. The following is a list of my favorite Bible rebinders. I find these business owners to be universally friendly and helpful. Most of them are particularly delighted that their work helps people read the Bible more.  Bible rebinding is costly, but if you have a Bible with a cover and binding in need of repair and with pages that are in decent condition, you will almost certainly be pleased with the results.

Abba Bibles There is very little information on the Abba Bibles website, but I include them here because I have held some of their gorgeous leather covers and they are softer and look nicer than any leather I have seen before.

Hidden House has a unique range of colors and textures of leather. They also make other leather items, so if you ever wanted your Bible cover to exactly match your belt and coasters (or, more practically, your journal), this is the place.

Leonard’s Book Restoration Station has the most thorough, professional, and helpful website of those listed here, so this could be a good place to start looking in order to educate yourself on what is involved in rebinding. I was also interested to see that they offer cord insertion (pseudo-sewn) rebinding for books that were originally glue-bound.

McSpadden Book Bindery has a nice set of photos of study Bibles that they have rebound, so if you’re looking to have a study Bible rebound, this is the site that might be able to best help you visualize what the finished product may look like. Also, they have a series of videos that allow you to understand their work and quality in-depth.

Mechling Bookbindery has a helpfully up-front pricing chart and a (cheaper) option to re-use an old cover if you just need the binding repaired. I think their stamping looks especially professional (although only available in gold).

Norris Bookbinding looks like they do a good job with ornate covers and pulpit Bibles in addition to standard leather rebinding. They also offer interesting options for family record pages (e.g. inserting new record pages or laminating existing ones).

Preserve the Word offers leather bindings including unique snap and strap closures. Their burnwork (imprinted words and images) looks especially nicely done and is worth a look even if you don’t think you’re going to want an imprint. The photo illustrating this post is from their website (used with permission).

I will attempt to add to and modify this list as I become aware of other rebinders and become more familiar with the rebinders on this list. I’d be interested in hearing from you if you have experience with any of these rebinders.

3 Responses to “Bible Rebinders”
13th December, 2011 at 12:57 pm

We use this book binding company for some of our clients. They do great restoration work.

18th December, 2011 at 2:03 am

This may be the saddest post I have read in some time. Here are some places that can actually make a good binding for our Bibles since Tyndale can not. Unfortunately I wouldn’t trust the actual paper or binding to hold up because they are done so poorly. I LOVE to read the NLT and I do not care to sit down with a cup of coffee and my iPad to read but that is what I must do because it’s even worse reading Bible’s made by Tyndale. I have YET to buy one that didn’t have something seriously wrong with it. Make me a Bible that I can mark up, read and love. It would be awesome to have that kind of Bible to pass to my kids. Like I said I LOVE the NLT, I loathe holding or using the Bibles that are made there.

24th January, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I agree with Jon. I too absolutely love the NLT but the quality of their Bibles leaves little to be desired. I have gone through three Tyndale Bibles within two years and with each of them, the pages came loose and/or separated from the binding. My ESV Bible that I have had for over 3 years and use almost daily is in almost pristine shape. I have brain cancer and need an easier to understand Bible than what my ESV Bible can offer but I can’t justify paying $50 for a NLT Bible that will probably fall apart in a short amount of time like the others have. No matter how much I love this translation

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