Binding Options

Board Books

Books where all of the pages are printed and laminated to board. The sheets run from board to board creating a hinge between each page and it is these hinges that hold the book together. Used almost exclusively for children’s books.

Book Block

Folded and sewn signatures that are trimmed but without the cover.

Case Bound

Folded and gathered signatures that are sewn and glued to a muslin binding strip, and then anchored to a heavy board case that is either covered with cloth or printed paper. End sheet paper is then glued over the inside of the case to both the inside front and back cover of the book and to lock the book block into place.

Flexi Binding

Folded and gathered signatures that are bound like a case bound book to a lightweight board with a rounded back spine which allows the book to lie flat.

Lay Flat Paperback Binding

This binding style allows books to lay flat with a detached spine. We generally recommend that the book have a bulk of at least one-half inch for this binding style.

Limp Bound

Folded and gathered signatures that are sewn and glued to a printed paper cover stock. Limp bound is a term normally associated with overseas manufacturing.

Notch Bound

Folded and gathered signatures that are “notched” in alternating bands. The crossover tabs of paper connect every page to another page, providing dramatically improved durability, while the notches allow the spine glue to move into the signature, adhering the innermost pages.

Perfect Binding

Folded and gathered signatures that are ground at the spine and held to the cover with glue. Hard bound or paperback books can have a perfect bound spine.

Saddle-Stitch

To bind using staples in a folded over spine.

Smyth Sewn

Process whereby gathered signatures are sewn together with book thread to provide for a very stable binding. Both soft and hard covered books can be smyth sewn.

Spiral Binding

A binding with wires in spiral form are inserted through holes punched along the spine of the book block.

Wire-O

A type of binding where wire comb teeth are inserted into holes that are punched along the edge of the book block.