I started Save Your Books as the resource I wish existed 25 years ago...

Back then, I worked at Anthony’s Bookshop in Minneapolis MN. I had just left my job at the University of Minnesota’s Library Re-bindery and thought I would try bookselling. It was while working at Anthony’s that I realized that all I wanted to do was fix up the books so they could find good homes.

Since then, I have concentrated on learning everything I could to not only save books physically but also to preserve their value. The resources I found in books and online were either overly technical and assumed you had a bindery full of tools or else they were meant for librarians whose goal is to circulate books a maximum number of times. Save Your Books promotes simple archival book repairs designed from a conservation perspective.

Sophia S.W. Bogle

She's an enlightening, inspiring presenter and more than one student has gotten interested in the book restoration field from her talks. If you ever get a chance to hear her, don't miss it.”

Edwin Battistella, Professor of English, Southern Oregon University


  • Over 25 years of hands-on experience restoring books
  • Founded Save Your Books (formerly Red Branch Restoration) in 2000
  • Bench trained in the English tradition
  • Diploma in Book Conservation 2009 from the American Academy of Bookbinding
  • Events Co-Chair since 2014 for the Northwest Chapter of the G.B.W.
  • B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota
  • Author of Book Restoration Unveiled
  • Portfolio of many hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of book restorations including first editions of Darwin's Origin of Species, The Kelmscott Chaucer, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Past Presentations

  • At Southern Oregon University: History of Publishing Class
    • On Book Restoration
    • Practical Book Repair
    • Historical Context of Book Restoration and Book Collecting
  • At Cascade Booksellers Association:
    • Identifying Restorations, Sophistications and Outright Frauds
    • Book Repair for Book Dealers
  • Briscoe Artwing: Simple Book Repairs
  • Medford Library: Simple Book Repairs

Sophia in the Media

  • July 29th 2013: Literary Ashland: Interview by Ed Battistella
  • Every June, you can find Sophia at the Rose City Book and Paper Fair in Portland, Oregon.
  • Sophia on the Rare Book Cafe podcast:

🔴 RARE BOOK CAFE 3.0: Our guest is Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Manager for ABEBooks.com. A former journalist, he is drawn to the unusual and finds fascinating items for sale on the online bookselling site. He recalls seeing Truman Capote’s birth certificate and Edith Wharton’s baby rattle. He loves reading memoirs, biographies, and travel non-fiction. ABEBooks.com is a sponsor of the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.

Posted by Rare Book Cafe on Saturday, February 24, 2018
Sophia outside her studio in Ashland, Oregon
Sophia outside her studio in Ashland, Oregon