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So many wonderful authors and publishing companies have Bookplate Ink print bookplates for signing. Authors use them to promote their books, offering them on their websites, at booksignings, etc. Thank you to W.W. Norton for tweeting about the latest bookplate we printed for them, for the book The Good Death: https://twitter.com/wwnorton/status/652232326513078272. Or view the bookplates on Instagram: https://instagram.com/p/8ltzTxk5vA/


Bookplate Ink is extremely proud of artist Evelia, who was recently chosen as the official artist for the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Her artwork will be available on posters and official merchandise at the festival. We are proud to carry a full line of bookplates with Evelia's artwork. See more of her artwork on Evelia's website



Author Amy Plum is offering a free bookplate to anyone who writes a review for Die For Me trilogy, young adult novels based in Paris. Her bookplates, designed by artist Johanna Basford, were printed by Bookplate Ink. More details are available on her website along with the photo on the right.





Bookplate Ink is thrilled to now offer a line of bookplates with artwork by renowned artist Mary Engelbreit. Two of these bookplates, M100 and M600, were previously offered by The Antioch Company, but have been out of print for many years. As they were quite popular, we are delighted to bring them back into print. The other designs are some of Mary Engelbreit's finest recent work. See all of the designs, which are available as personalized or non-personalized bookplates, in our Mary Engelbreit Studios category.



More big news at Bookplate Ink! One of our designs, the Von Gunten Scherenschnitte owl, W33, is being used as an illustration on an exciting new iPhone case that is made of paper amd bamboo, but is stronger than wood! Produced by Twig Case Company, the artwork is currently being used for an iPhone case for the band Wilco and is exclusively for sale through Wilco's website. Check it out! Be the first to have bookplates with a matching iPhone case!


Bookplate Ink is excited to announce a new partnership with Mary Engelbreit Studios. Mary Engelbreit is known throughout the world for her distinctive illustration style, imbued with spirited wit and nostalgic warmth. Her work — which ranges from calendars to best-selling children’s books to greeting cards — has many devoted fans. If you're not already familiar with Engelbreit's work, visit her website.

The Antioch Company — whose artwork we now print — printed two popular bookplates with Engelbreit artwork several years ago. Bookplate Ink has received requests for these designs and will be bringing them back into print, in addition to introducing new Engelbreit designs. Check back as we add these wonderful new Engelbreit bookplates to our collection!



We were very pleased to find a link on Twitter posted by writer and editor Cheryl Wright. The link shows a beautiful photo of a signed bookplate sent to Cheryl by our customer, author Joanne DeMaio, who offers signed bookplates of design M752 to readers. Our bookplates get around! Thanks for posting, Cheryl!

We recently received a second order from Richard Hewitt, a customer from the United Kingdom who teaches at the Kamuzu Academy in Malawi. Mr. Hewitt’s first order was for bookplates for his own use. This second order is for bookplates that will be placed in presentation copies of a book by Fr. Claude Boucher about a traditional Malawian dance, Gulu Wamkulu. Boucher came to Malawi from Quebec in 1967 and founded the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art in 1976. Boucher’s book, When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance: Gule Wamkulu: The Great Dance of the Chewa People of Malawi, is due to be published in August, and will be the first book-length study of this traditional Malawian dance. Go to our blog to see the bookplate and read more about this fascinating project. Avid bookplate collector and blogger Lew Jaffe included this bookplate in his latest post.




Congratulations to one of our favorite long-time customers, Gabor Korvin of Saudi Arabia, who was awarded the Tilecki Medal by the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Korvin donated part of his large Orientalist collection to the library. Korvin reported that all the books are "proudly wearing your masterful bookplate." Bookplate Ink couldn't be more pleased!



We encourage customers to call or write with questions if you don't see exactly what you want in our galleries. It's fun to see how many people, especially authors, have used our bookplate designs to this end. Author William Landay used our design A124, with artwork by Rockwell Kent, for a bookplate with space for him to autograph. Read more about it on our blog at bookplateink.wordpress.com.



2011 has been another great year. We were busy printing rush bookplate orders for Christmas right up to Dec. 22nd. Bookplate Ink will be closed for production from Dec. 24th through Jan. 2nd. Owner Karen Gardner will still be accepting orders, answering e-mails and taking phone calls during this time. 

Thank you to all our customers! May 2012 bring you much joy!



It's that time of year! Bookplates are beautiful and unique presents for all ages and, therefore, this is our busiest time of year! If you are ordering bookplates to arrive within the U.S. by Christmas day, please place your order by Dec. 10th. If you are outside the U.S., requesting rush service is advised at this time. We do everything possible to ensure all Christmas orders arrive in time! 

Karen Gardner of Bookplate Ink recently started a blog about bookplates. Check it out at bookplateink.wordpress.com and subscribe so you won't miss a post!



Bookplate Ink just shipped an order to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for our non-personalized N100 bookplates. They are using the popular border design for signing by their keynote speakers. We are impressed with their mission, which is to provide scholarships to "encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need." Check out their website at: http://www.jkcf.org/.

The non-personalized version of N100 has been so popular with authors and companies for book signings and events that we are adding a new border design in the non-personalized gallery, M752. This is a very attractive border design with a different look than N100. You can see this design by clicking here.


‎"Cutting for Stone", by loyal Bookplate Ink customer Abraham Verghese, was chosen as the second selection for NPR's mew monthly Book Club. Check it out at http://www.npr.org/2011/03/08/134270828/npr-book-club-for-march-cutting-for-stone. You can post questions for Verghese on Facebook and post tweets on Twitter. Hear Verghese reading from his novel at http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=101416445&m=101630161. 


Bookplates Jill Tietjen

Karen Gardner from Bookplate Ink had the pleasure of meeting Jill Tietjen, a loyal bookplate customer, when Tietjen was in Orlando to speak at the Annual Conference for Women Engineers. Tietjen is co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America and carries pre-signed bookplates and bookmarks printed by Bookplate Ink wherever she travels. She writes a personal note on the bookplates for each person who purchases her book. Tietjen's custom bookplates are shown in the bottom right hand corner at http://www.bookplateink.com/custom-artwork/.


We are very excited to announce a new line of bookplates by Evelia, who produced many beautiful and popular designs while an artist at Antioch Publishing in the 1990s. Bookplate Ink is thrilled to offer new contemporary color designs by this popular, nationally licensed artist. The designs, with themes from music to nautical to nature to tea cups, can be viewed at bookplateink.com/index.php/store/evelia-contemporary.html.

alison strobel


We are proud to supply bookplates for author Alison Strobel, whose books include Worlds Collide, The Weight of Shadows, Violette Between, That's Where God Is, and Reinventing Rachel: A Novel. Alison orders bookplates with custom artwork to match her books' jacket covers and uses them to sign for her non-local readers. Check out her website at www.alisonstrobel.com, where you can read her blog and sign up for her newsletter. 


Bookplate Ink is currently featured in the weekly blog by avid bookplate collector Lew Jaffe. His blog, Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie, is well-read by collectors and designers throughout the world. In subsequent weeks, he plans to feature artwork by artists at The Antioch Company. These designs are still printed by Bookplate Ink. Check out the blog at http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/2010/08/antioch-bookplates-part-three.html.


Bookplate Ink will be closed for a summer holiday from Wednesday, June 30th through Sunday, July 11th. Orders can still be placed through the website during this time, but we will not be available by phone or e-mail. Rush orders placed during this period will not be shipped until Monday, July 12th. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


We received this news item after sending our latest newsletter:  "Her Story:  A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America" was on "The Denver Post" bestseller list for the 6th time in May 2010.  Authors Charlotte Waisman and Jill Tietjen use bookplates and bookmarks from Bookplate Ink at all of their book signings.  Education resources and book club discussion guidelines and much more can be found at their web site www.herstoryatimeline.com.


Bookplate Ink has three loyal customers who are currently on the New York Times Best Seller list. Congratulations to author Bernard Cornwell, whose book, THE BURNING LAND, is in the hardcover fiction category (www.bernardcornwell.net); Daniel H. Pink, whose book DRIVE appears in the hardcover non-fiction category (www.danpink.com); and Abraham Verghese, whose book CUTTING FOR STONE is in the paperback trade fiction category (abrahamverghese.com). All of these authors give signed bookplates printed by Bookplate Ink to their fans.


We have had great customer response to our non-personalized bookplates. These bookplates provide an option to purchase designs at a lower cost, since they are not custom printed. A great gift idea also! Due to requests from customers, we have added two more popular designs in this category: B213 and M101. Check them out in the non-personalized category.


The Irish Times included an interesting article about the importance of bookplates in its January 11th issue, including a mention of Bookplate Ink. Although we weren't the only company mentioned as a place to buy bookplates, we have had a good response from Ireland. We appreciate our new Irish customers! As was the experience of the journalist, we frequently hear from customers that it's difficult to find bookplates locally, especially personalized ones. You can read the article online at www.irishtimes.com/newspaper.

We recently received an e-mail from a relative of the designer of some of our bookplates from the 1950s. The Young Modern series was created by Benton Ferguson, who was an illustrator for the well-known Saturday Review. It was great to hear from his family! View Ferguson's clever bookplates, Y100, Y200, and Y300 at Young Modern series.


We will be closed for production between Dec. 24 and Jan. 3. Owner Karen Gardner will still be checking e-mail and responding to voice mail during this time.

Our bookplate customers are wonderful, warm and friendly people! We appreciate all of you! Thank you for another wonderful year and for your loyal patronage! Wishing you the best in 2010!


We had a wonderful response to our e-mail sent to customers announcing our new website. We will be sending e-mails every few months with information such as new designs we have added. If you have not placed an order but would like to join our e-mail list, please send us an e-mail. Your e-mail address and information will never be given to any other parties, and we will not e-mail more than once a month.



Bookplate Ink is proud to supply bookplates for many well-known authors. Many authors sign bookplates for their readers. Bookplates are convenient to ship to customers and bookstores. We have several "border" designs suitable for signings and also print bookplates with custom artwork. 

Bestselling author Michelle Moran recently ordered a custom bookplate design that includes the jacket artwork from her new book, Cleopatra's Daughter. 

Check out her website at www.michellemoran.com.

Author Abigail Arrington is promoting her legal thriller, Precession, with custom bookplates that use her jacket cover artwork.

This exciting author's website is www.abigailarrington.com.


Artists also order bookplates with their own artwork. Amy McGregor-Radin is offering bookplates with her white line woodcut artwork along with her matted and framed artwork. See this design

and others at amradinart.googlepages.com


If you're looking for bookplates with no name printed on them, check out our page of pre-printed bookplates. We are able to offer these at a lower price because they're printed in bulk. We have just added a border design, N100, and the popular B252 to our stock of pre-printed designs.


Our customers have creative uses for bookplates! While many customers give a set of bookplates as a gift to newborns, one customer includes a few classic books with bookplates already on them, along with the gift box of remaining bookplates. We also have customers who’ve ordered bookplates to put in books being given as gifts at weddings, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs. What a wonderful way to give your guests something to remember from your event! Many schools include bookplates in the books they give as rewards for exemplary reading or their “birthday club.” Bookplates are also stylish when used to identify your company in books given at corporate events or books given in memory of a loved one. If you have an idea we haven't included here, we'd love to hear from you!


AUTHORS! Bookplate Ink is proud to have been mentioned by author Rita Gerlach on the Writer Gazette, a resource for writers, at writergazette.com. We have the largest selection of classic bookplates, printed on acid-free cream colored paper. We also have color designs printed on white paper.

Many authors sign bookplates instead of signing books. Bookplates are convenient to ship to customers and bookstores. We have several "border" designs suitable for signings and also print bookplates with custom artwork.

We personally answer all e-mails, so if you have questions or don't see exactly what you're looking for, feel free to e-mail us.


In response to many requests, we are now offering pre-printed non-personalized bookplates at a discounted price. Click on "pre-printed" under the "Bookplate" menu above to view this line of bookplates. These make wonderful gifts and are perfect stocking stuffers! Bookplates encourage children to read and enhance pride in ownership.


We are pleased to once again bring back into print many favorite Antioch Bookplate Company designs from years past. In the B&W gallery, some specialty designs include one for veterinarians (F697), a popular fairy design (F101) and desert and cowboy designs (D300 and C001). We have also added another beautiful Rockwell Kent design (F701).

In the color gallery, we have added a delightful series from Antioch originally titled "Young Moderns" (Y100, Y200, and Y300). And a personal favorite, S201, at the bottom of the color gallery, is a beautiful ocean painting.

These "new" Antioch designs are scattered throughout the galleries, so take your time looking at the designs before making your selection!


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