The Book Block + The Book Cover

Industrial Bookbinding Techniques

Ruben Dias, Rui Oliveira, Fábio Duarte Martins, Ricardo Philippe Dantas

Itemzero & Maiadouro, 2019/2022


The Book Block is a manual of industrial binding techniques, the first in the Making a Book collection, which focuses on manuals for graphic book production. With the aim of elevating knowledge about graphic production among designers—helping them to produce better books and communicate more effectively with all those involved in the process—The Book Block brings together the 17 most common industrial binding techniques in 6 categories, exploring each one in detail, describing them, and showing what is possible to do in this day and age.
Conceived from scratch to be bilingual, in Portuguese and English, the book seeks to systematize Portuguese terminology in the printing industry, while providing the same information in the lingua franca of today’s global market: English. In an international context, with customers, employees, and producers sprinkled throughout the world, this book provides the perfect tool for an effective communication. Developed by experienced book designers and bookbinders—Itemzero and Maiadouro—this book is a summary of decades of know-how, now easily made available.

The Book Cover is the ultimate guide to cover-making, explaining several techniques with over a hundred variations. 160+ pages, in English and Portuguese, filled with examples and pro tips, thoroughly illustrated. From timeless to contemporary techniques, supported by decades of practical experience. Printed on Munken paper, 100% eco-friendly, manufactured from sustainable forests and using vegetable inks. Made by experienced craftsmen and state-of-the-art technology. Premium materials, premium skills — from Portugal, with love.



76 pages + 83 pages, illustrated, 26,8 x 10,5 cm, 2 volumes paperback, Portuguese/English