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Book Binding – How to Choose the Right Method

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  • Apr 04, 2022

Besides holding pages together, bookbinding also has aesthetic value. However, deciding on a style can be tricky. Many methods can limit your creativity and stifle your artistic flair. Here are some tips to choose the right book binding method for your project. Keep reading to find out more! In the end, it will be your choice! Enjoy the process! And remember, bookbinding is a great hobby for any book lover!

Spiral binding: This binding technique involves threading a strand of wire through holes in the spine of a book. The spiral shape of the coil provides greater flexibility to the hinge. It is most popular for atlases and other publications that are open backwards. The coils are formed to fit the thickness of the book. Wire-o binding uses preformed metal wire. You can choose which type of wire-binding works best for your project.

Perfect binding: This technique is an economical choice for smaller books. The signatures are sewn together with thread to create a cap. The pages are then adhered to the “cap”. The final product is then cut and trimmed to achieve a ‘perfect’ look. Traditionally, book binding used EVA adhesive. However, in recent years, polyurethane reactive adhesive has taken its place. It is more durable and provides a stronger bond.

Screw binding: Screw binding is a cheap and versatile way to bind books. It allows for easy page addition and removal. The spiral is threaded through holes and clamped down. Its cover is usually made of thicker cardstock or plastic. It is an excellent choice for these kinds of books, as the pages can rotate 360 degrees without bending the spine. This style is also ideal for making presentations. They are also easy to use for writing on and are ideal for presentations.

Saddle stitching: This technique uses thread to sew the pages together. This method is not suitable for standard distribution but is perfect for small books. The pages can be trimmed if necessary. Saddle stitched binding is economical, quick turnaround, and has minimal excess bulk. It is a great choice for booklets and brochures. But it has many drawbacks. And you might have to sacrifice a bit of quality for this.

Case binding: Case binding, also known as hardcover, is a highly durable book. It involves stitching the pages together and attaching them to the spine or endpaper. When opened, it provides the book with a sense of weight and gives it an air of quality. However, its major drawback is the cost. Case binding is very expensive, so it is generally reserved for high-value books. Nevertheless, it is worth the cost.

Custom book binding: In the most elaborate cases, bookbinders will re-line or restore the spine and end sheets. The text-spin is hand-stitched to strengthen the binding, while the end-sheet is restored to add beauty. These techniques may require lifting the original materials and applying new ones. Leather books are more difficult to repair, however, because the leather material is more delicate and brittle. It is important to consider these things before hiring a bookbinder.

Saddle stitched booklets: Saddle stitching is an affordable book binding method that uses staples to hold the pages together. This method is usually used for short-term purposes and printed materials with a limited number of pages. Saddle stitched booklets are great for direct mailers, brochures, calendars, and newsletters. Saddle stitching is also the least expensive binding method and works well for smaller booklets. In addition, it is easy to handle, but staples can only hold so many pages.

While perfect bound books are the most widely used method of binding books, case-bound books are considerably more expensive. Often, they require a high minimum order quantity to justify pre-production and manufacturing costs. Additionally, case-bound books can be heavy, requiring additional shipping costs. The biggest drawback of case-bound books is their price. They can cost several times more than perfect bound books. So, case-bound books are not the best choice for self-publishers.