hi polyglot

it really isn't that difficult of a task to bind a book.
a japanese bound book is very easy .. you just need images with a deep margin where the hinge would be,
and cloth and book-board ( thick dense cardboard ).
you cut the bookboard to be about 1/4" bigger than your paper,
you cut a section out of the board so it can be a hinge ...
you paste the cloth onto the board, and then rag paper onto that so it "looks nice" ...
then ... you stack the pages together onto the full board, put the hinged cover ontop ...
drill 5 holes through the boards and sew the spine ...
the only hard part is pasting things ( actually waiting for the paste to dry )

http://www.amazon.com/Books-Boxes-Po.../dp/0830634835

shows how easy it is

a closed spine book is a little more involved
since you need to sew the pages together as "signatures" ( packets of pages )
and then hammer + paste the spine ... and then paste the end pages onto the cover itself ...
it really isn't hard, just a few more steps ... and unless you have some sort of way to "image" the backsides
of your pages you will always have blanks sides ..
xeroxagraphy is archival btw and the pages can be very thin so if you are able to find a high-quality print shop
that can make xerox-copies maybe you will be in good shape.
the pod printers that are popping up on the internet do something like that ...
they print on both sides of paper, and just have a bindery make the book ...

have fun !
john