Book-Marks Binding Limerick

bookbinder's craft is still alive

After a 40 year career with The Limerick Leader where he was responsible for the printing of some of the country's main regional newspapers, it could be said that Jimmy Marks has printer's ink in his blood.

So it is appropriate that Jimmy didn't stray too far from the press when he reverted back to his training as a bookbinder to set he set up his new company, Book Marks which specializes in high quality bookbinding at affordable prices.
After serving a five-year apprenticeship and a further two years at the Bolton Street College of Technology in the seventies, Jimmy had a natural aptitude as a bookbinder and was awarded first place in Ireland in Junior, Intermediate and Senior Trade Certificates. He also has City & Guilds and Advanced City & Guilds Certification as well as being a qualified Master Bookbinder and a member of Crafts Council of Ireland.
Jimmy has excelled in the craft of Bookbinding, and is determined that this skill will live on for the benefit of future generations. He specializes in the repair of library books, thesis binding, newspaper binding, binding of reports, presentations, journals, book of evidence and all your binding requirements in greybeard, leather goldfoil and paper.
"My personal objective is to produce high quality bookbinding and retain the craft by eventually training an apprentice. I would also like to produce work at a price that is affordable and will enable the craft to continue. My other aim is self-employment in a craft that I was trained for," said Jimmy.
"The cycle of life turns and I now see the market is ready for a qualified craftsman like myself. I have invested considerable capital in the best bookbinding equipment and now I can turn around a thesis in two hours!"
The building of a reputation can take a long period but fortunately for Jimmy, he has 'hit the ground running,' and his work has steadily increased. The response from his customers has been fantastic and their recommendations have helped considerably to increased orders.
"I'm delighted my business has been embraced by my existing customer base in Mary I, LIT , UL, and now UCC and UCG. The quality, service and price of my work has led to an increased market share each month. Already, I see an opening to increase the size of my business with another outlet in the planning stage", he said.
In earlier years, he has bound books for Limerick County and City Councils, the Department of Justice, Health Board, Revenue, and many of Limerick's best known businesses.
Contact Jimmy at Book Marks, tel: 061-396625 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details or a free quotation without obligation.

Above: Master bookbinder, Jimmy Marks of Book Marks. Michael Cowhey.