The non-profit association Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders was founded in 1996 and the eleven members of it are professional applied artists joined together by bookbinding and by belief in the necessity of that kind of art in the cultural scene of the world. That is why the association has made its purpose to organize pentennials, i.e., in every five years the international exhibitions of artistic bookbinding "Scripta manent" (writing remains) takes place. Artists can express themselves through exciting bookbinding techniques and materials, through exuberant compositions and diverse embellishments. Flight of thought is curbed only by the author him/herself and the text.

The association also organizes smaller exhibitions at homeland as well as abroad, runs courses, workshops and seminars here and there, introduces Estonian artistic bookbinding, makes contacts with colleagues, incites learning, searches and distributes professional information.