Scriptoriaum has published a small 5 page easy to follow illustrated lesson guide on book binding.
( Edited later – Sorry folks I have removed the link because I have just found out the site has been infected with malware. When its fixed I will link again)
It is sourced from a section of Pedro J. Lemos Applied Art teaching guide. The techniques are timeless and the instructions are useful but the section I really enjoyed was the design samples at the back.
These could so easily be adapted for embroidery that it makes this free download irresistible.