Books about making books. Think about that. They are great resources, some are more abstract, others more step by step. At the very least, they are a great source of inspiration
Non-Adhesive Binding without Paste or Glue
Keith A. Smith
If you only buy one book, this is it. Nobody understands book making like Keith. This is more than just a how to book; Keith explores the art and soul of books. This book which will change your percpetion about books,and even if you never make a book, this is still an amazing book to read.
Cover to Cover
Aanother good book showing a large variety of bindings as well as how to create the bindings.
Making Books by Hand
Mary McCarthy, Philip Manna
A great introductory book detailing tools needed and some easy to hard bindings.
Stop Stealing Sheep
Erik Spiekrmann, E.M. Ginger
Do you love san-serifs with tall ascenders? This books deals with the emotion of page layout; fonts. How type works, how to use it and great font history. For your inner geek.
SF Center for the Books Arts
The name says it all. Classes, exhibitions and work space available.
Flax Art Supplies
Sometimes refered to as the art store for those wanting to be artists. A very large supply of handmade papers and a small array of bookbinding supplies.
Kozo Arts Japanese papers are the most beautiful and expensive there are. This store has a wonderful supply of paper and premade books. Their site is no longer active. I hope the store is.
More of an architect's store, but they carry great handmade papers and their bookmaking supplies are better priced than some other stores. They have it all; awls, book tape, pva glue, kits, the whole thing.
The largest producer of quality bookbinding materials and tools. This is where you can buy binding board and glue, binding tape, you name it.
I saw a display of his work at the Bank of America building and dropped him an email. He invited me to his open studio, showed me Keith Smith's book and I began making books. He actually paints large paintings, then incorporates them into books. A true artist.