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Perma-Bound History

Perma-Bound, a division of Hertzberg-New Method Inc. has been a leader in the book rebinding industry for over 46 years.

Hertzberg-New Method Bindery opened in its current location in South Jacksonville, Illinois on June 17th, 1954. In the mid 1960's Hertzberg-New Method began a new division of reinforced paperback books that would become known as Perma-Bound Books, and thus started the line of products that schools and libraries nationwide view as, "the strongest books you can buy."

Perma-Bound originated from three separate companies coming together to combine their rebinding work into one location. Two of these companies were owned by members of the Hertzberg family, Lawrence Hertzberg of Monastery Hill Bindery in Chicago and Ernest Hertzberg of Hertzberg Craftsmen Bindery in Des Moines, Iowa. The combination of these binderies is what formed over 150 years of binding experience, which is now the foundation of Perma-Bound Books.

With this basis of knowledge and experience, we set the standard that the industry would follow, by being the first to offer an unconditional guarantee on our Perma-Bound bindings. We also set yet another standard for the industry to follow by being the first to offer the laminated book cover.

Perma-Bound has been family owned and operated since its beginning. We pride ourselves on offering our customers big business service, knowledge, and experience, but with a small town feel and personalized customer service.


We were the first in our industry to offer the following features. Click on the links to learn more about Perma-Bound offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions About Perma-Bound

  • Do we offer processing on books? If so how much does that cost?
    Yes, we do offer standard and customized processing options for the books purchased through us, and the costs vary depending on what your preferences are.
  • How many books do we inventory/offer?
    At any given time we have over 5 million copies of books on hand. And as an added benefit of being a Perma-Bound customer you have access to virtually any title in print through our Special Order Department .
  • Do we offer free shipping?
    There are no shipping or handling charges on any Perma-Bound products shipped within the US and Canada. Most orders ship via freight carrier or UPS Ground. Special delivery requests will be invoiced at actual shipping costs.
  • How many years have we been in business?
    The Perma-Bound Books division of Hertzberg New-Method has been in business since the mid 1960's. However we have over 150 years of book binding experience.
  • What kind of guarantee do we offer on our books?
    We offer an unconditional guarantee on our Perma-Bound books. ***Books remaining in publishers' original bindings are guaranteed from manufacturers' defects for one year. Original publisher paperbacks are not guaranteed, will be replaced if defective.
  • What hours is the customer service center open?
    We have customer care representatives available 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST, Monday - Friday.
  • What are your references?
    We generally use references that are based in the area of the potential customer for ease of double-checking. Otherwise some of our larger references are the New York City schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, and many others.
  • Who is my local sales representative?
    Our sales force has an average term of service of 16 years with Perma-Bound. To locate your local sales representative, click here .
  • What are your contact numbers and email address?
    Perma-Bound Books
    617 E. Vandalia
    Jacksonville, IL 62650
    Phone: +1 800 637-6581
    Fax: +1 800 551-1169

    View the contact us page for more details
  • What methods are we allowed to order through?
    For your convenience, orders can be placed using our website, through email, by phone, fax or mail.

News From Perma-Bound

  • Last week, Perma-Bound raised over $2,000 for the Texas Library Association at the organization’s Annual Conference, held April 19-22 in Houston, Texas. The event, which took place over four days at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX offered continuing education opportunities for K-12 school, public, and academic librarians, and featured the annual Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon.
  • Perma-Bound has launched a new website interface to help librarians more easily keep track of popular series. The new tool, called Series Tracker, is being rolled out in March after a soft launch at the end of February. The feature tracks a librarian’s list over time and provides updates when new installments in flagged series become available.
  • In an expansion of its partnership with Findaway, Perma-Bound is now adding Playaway Launchpad pre-loaded learning tablets to its extensive collection of premium digital products for the library and curriculum markets.
  • Perma-Bound Books today announced that Disney content is now available to customers on Playaway Pre-Loaded Products. With a new agreement between Findaway and Disney, Perma-Bound will be able to offer its customers popular shows, movies, and audiobooks, and read-alongs on Playaway, Playaway View, and Playaway Bookpacks.
  • Perma-Bound Books announced today that Clever will provide single-sign-on functionality for Perma-eHub, the company’s digital content management system. Now millions of K-12 students across the U.S. will be able to access Perma-Bound’s award-winning digital textbooks and audiobooks quickly and securely with a single click.

Careers With Perma-Bound

  • Perma-Bound is looking for a talented Web Designer to create a visually appealing and informative experience for the end user. The ideal candidate should have an eye for clean and artful design and possess superior user interface design skills. Ultimately, you should be able to translate high-level requirements into interaction flows and transform them into intuitive and functional designs. Click here for full job description.
    • Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter with salary requirements to
  • Perma-Bound has a variety of openings for outside educational sales representatives to manage a field territory in achieving monthly, quarterly, and yearly revenue goals by selling Perma-Bound solutions to schools and districts. These are contract sales representative positions and compensation is commission-only, paid by 1099. Click here for full job description.
  • The following regions currently have vacancies:
    • Region 2
      East Georgia
      South Carolina

      Interested applicants should send their resume to
      Regional Manager John Zeller,