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Bookbinding Techniques to Consider For Your Next Project

Creating a book is a much greater commitment than printing single page flyers or business cards. A book is a time consuming project that involves several hands on deck. Proofreading, designing, copywriting, and decisions about how the book will look and feel, including the bookbinding techniques used, are all different and crucial aspects of bookmaking process. We understand how much effort is put into getting your book exactly how you want it, because we recently worked on creating a book of our own!

The Art of Bookmaking was our latest passion project, and it was used to help guide designers and businesses on all the endless possibilities for their next book project. Inside the sample book, called The Studio Handbook, designers are able to better understand the printing techniques, finishes, bookbinding, and gatefolds used. We understand how difficult it is to make decisions without touching and experiencing the materials and binding used, so we made it our goal to take the unknown out of the project. We would love to send you a copy of our Studio Handbook, please click here to get more information!


Types of Bookbinding


Saddle Stitch – This binding technique is perfect for books with around 100 pages or less depending on the thickness of the paper. It is done by using folded sheets stacked on top of one another. The fold is created in the middle of the sheets and then stapled together along the crease.


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Perfect Bound – This type of binding is used to for soft cover books. The pages are glued together at the spine. It is one of the more common techniques in bookbinding.


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Wire or Spiral Bound – As the name suggests, this binding method is created using wire or plastic coil to combine all the pages in the book. The pages in a wire or spiral bound book are able to stay open for readers. It can also accommodate books with low or high page counts.


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Hard Cover/Case Bound – This type of binding is the most elaborate and high quality due to the work involved. It is ideal for books that will have a long shelf life. Pages are first glued or sewn together, then the hard covers are placed on and glued to the pages.


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Screw Post Bound – Screw posts, also known as Chicago screws, are used as a bookbinding technique. The posts are inserted through the pages to combine them all. It is common to use either 2 or 3 posts to bind the book.

Contact us about which binding technique will be best for your next book! We would love to help you create a book that best represents your company.

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