This page includes our least expensive genuine leather options, and other non-leather items for the budget conscious and those who prefer not using animal products. Most of our Bible rebinding projects come complete with raised ribs, “Holy Bible” on the spine or face (if the material can be reprinted), one ribbon marker, and new leatherette end pages.
Remember that we still never carry bonded leather and rarely use synthetic ones. We know what these look like when they age and it’s not a pretty sight. But we do have some options for you, if one of our good genuine leathers really seems out of reach and you really need a new cover for your Bible.
These prices are assuming your Bible has an intact sewn binding. If the pages are falling out or the binding is glued, we would need to repair that with cord insertion ($30.00). Can’t tell? See our blog post. There may also be a charge for page repairs.
Cloth Hardcover Bibles
If your Bible is a hardcover, we can rebind it as a hardcover in standard buckram book cloth in one color or a two-tone. Here’s one with red cloth boards and a black imitation leather spine. We have several colors available, including maroon, blue, gray, black, charcoal, and dark green. If your Bible is a softcover, however, there’s a hardcover conversion fee, so it may not be practical to choose this option.
This cover looks like leather but is really a sturdy cloth, and it will wear like a sturdy cloth. Many older Bibles were originally bound in imitation leather.
We can rebind your Bible as a hardcover in cloth imitation leather and we have several color and grain choices, including black, brown, navy, and green. Pictured below is a black morocco grain. Note: Imitation leather does not feel soft like our genuine leathers.
Again, this option is great if your Bible was originally a hardcover. If it is a softcover, we would need to also charge for hardcover conversion, and you will find that the result is somewhat tighter than the original softcover.
Surplus Leather (Binder’s Choice):
This is a great budget option. If you are not choosy, we may be able to build you a new cover using our choice of a good genuine leather, from our surplus (not perfect) supply.
The surplus leather may have too many natural markings, or it may have surface scuffs or dye irregularities. It may also wrinkle when flexed. It’s not torn or patched. It may have a dark line on it from the backbone area of the animal. It may be a leather we no longer offer for sale.
As you can see, there are no pictures of this leather as examples. You would not be able to ask to see pictures of various choices. You would have to trust us. The leather we use would be totally up to the binder. Just give us a first and second general color choice and we’ll see if we can accommodate you.
The cover would have no imprinting and would be very simple (no hand-dyeing, no tooling, no wide yapps or other frills), but it would cover your Bible with a good, durable leather. It would still have raised ribs and you’d still get a new ribbon marker.