Types Of Book Binding | Book Binding

Books are divided into two categories: hard and soft cover. Hard cover books typically use a sewn binding while soft cover books typically are perfect bound. For short runs there are some new options in hard cover type bindings that do not include the more traditional sewn techniques. In both hard and soft cover books there are several new interior page paper options that offer better lay flat capabilities or that eliminate gutters. These tend to carry a price premium and had their start in the photobook space but have started to gain traction in more traditional applications. Below is a list commonly available binding options

Side stitched

Pages are trimmed on all sides stapled together. Side stitching is commonly used for things like reports because it looks professional and is inexpensive, however there are some drawbacks. Side stitched binding cannot be opened flat and won’t work on books that are thicker than 1/2 inch.

Saddle stitched

For smaller books that have fewer than 64 pages saddle stitching is a popular method of binding. These books are printed on a two-up format and are then stapled in the center.

Perfect bound

Perfect binding is the most commonly used form of binding. The pages are trimmed on all sides and then glued onto the spine of the cover. This is a very cost effective way to bind books together and is a great option for almost every job.

Notch bound

This is essentially a modified perfect binding The paper is trimmed on only three sides. On the untrimmed inside margin several notches are cut and sometimes twine is glued into the notches. When the cover is glued onto the pages it forms a very strong bond minimizing the chances of pages falling out of the book like perfect bound books.

Spiral Bound

If your book needs to lie flat like a recipe book or be folded back to back to be useful then this is the binding for you. The pages are cut on all four sides with holes punched in the margin for a metal or plastic spiral that holds the pages together. The downside is that the number of pages that can be bound is a bit limited.

Comb bound

Similar to spiral binding except that thee book cannot be folded back to back. Comb bound books also known as Cerlox binding has a more professional look where the title can be printed on the spine and pages can be added at a later date (not as easy as it sounds as anyone who has tried to do this without the proper equipment can attest to). This binding will also limit the thickness of the book.