There are various options for book repair. Making a booking at the bindery, bringing your book, and discussing the possibilities are the first steps. 

In the meantime, here is an overview:

It is worthwhile thinking about your plans for the book and how you intend it to be kept, handled and used in the future.  Each stage increases the level of INTERVENTION, and hence INVASIVENESS of the treatment, and consequently the time, and cost of having the work done. Not every treatment is necessary or appropriate to every book.

·     PRESERVATION(Prioritizing stability and value)

Cleaning the book, stabilizing it’s materials and structure, and providing the means for best handling and storage, to slow further decay. This is often part of an overall plan for a collection, and also looks at the books’ environment.

·     LIGHT REPAIR(Prioritizing practicality)

Conservative and targeted; keeping original materials and focusing on minimal intervention. This is best for books which are not read often.

·     FULL REPAIR(Prioritizing function).

Practical repairs and replacements to maximise usability for a book well used and loved, which may include major structural refurbishment.

·     RESTORATION(Prioritizing aesthetic)

Often drastic changes to restore the book to a newer appearance. This is a big call for a book, and requires much thought.

My advice is, whenever in doubt, always have the first step of preservation completed on an old book, so that the current aging, damage and environment of the book can be stabilized. This is also the least expensive option, will slow the rate of decay, and buy you time to consider how much further you wish to go. It is a great option for a collection of books which may be kept to pass on to someone, and the only choice for a book of significant value (especially first editions).

Here are some examples of repair work that demonstrate the different treatments depending on need and priority of the owner.  Enjoy..

A very basic, practical repair for this loved family favourite – now back in the kitchen for another 40 years.
These two beauties were chosen for full restoration treatment as part of a larger collection.
 Library marks and stickers, wall paint and stains, and a linen cover worn nearly all the way through..
..and here are the completed books.  A worthy inheritance.
This very large Graves Register has been through the wars over the years. It is time for some tender care.
Hours and hours of cleaning, consolidation, individual page recovery and an archive box will protect it into the future.
This book has history. Though it needs many repairs, that history must still shine through.
Resewn, repaired and protected, but still very much showing the patina and years of it’s journey that are so important.