Book Binding and Printing – what you need to know

A reliable printing company can also help with your bookbinding needs.

Books, magazines, and handouts are good ways to make an impression on someone. You take the time to ensure that the contents of your book are great but don’t scrimp on the book binding too.

There are several techniques and finishes when it comes to book binding. In fact, bookbinding is considered an artform that even an online educational platform, Udemy, offers a course for it.

You may want to familiarise yourself with the available options for your individual or business needs. After all, the presentation comes in handy, especially when you want to make a good impression about your product.

6 Common Book Binding Methods

6 Common Book Binding Methods

After your trusted printer has printed all your book pages, you would need the perfect book binder to put it all together. There are several methods to choose from depending on what you need and what impression you want to give. Fortunately, there is a method available, whether it is for booklets, brochures, or handbooks.

Here’s a list to guide you on the different book binding methods you may consider for your business. 

Saddle Stitch

The saddle stitch is considered the most common and affordable form of book binding. It’s perfect for catalogues and other marketing materials that are 8 to 80 pages long.

This type of book binder starts with folding all the pages in half. The book binder then staples the pages together along the centre of the fold.  

The main thing you need to check when you choose to use a saddle stitch is the elimination of the creep. This is when the outer pages protrude farther on the edges of the book. Again, a professional bookbinder would ensure this doesn’t happen to your materials.

Perfect Binding

Are you looking for a crisp and clean-looking bind? Then you may want to consider perfect binding for your materials.

Perfect binding, also called edge binding, is more commonly used on paperback books and magazines. It is also ideal if you’re looking at printing books and catalogues that are more than 40 pages in length.

In perfect binding, all the pages are firmly secured by sticking the pages together using adhesive. A heavy cover or paperboard is also used to attach the pages to the spine.

You may have also heard of PUR as a term to refer to this type of book binding. PUR is a similar technique. However, it is called this way because of the special kind of adhesive that they use – polyurethane reactive.

Take note that perfect binding can be more expensive compared to a saddle stitch. This is especially true if you’re looking at many prints. However, it’s best to consult a printing specialist to confirm this.

Case Binding or hardcover

Case Binding, more commonly referred to as hardcover, is one of the sturdier options on this list. Not just that, if you’re looking to sell your work for a more premium price then you should consider getting your papers bound with a hardcover.

This type of book binding has a longer shelf life and gives your book more value. This method is perfect for coffee table books, photo books, and other books that look good as part of the displays in any house.

Pick premium materials such as vellum or buckram that are very good as hardcovers. Case binding also helps open the book more freely because of the hollow back and visible joint.

Singer Sewn Binding

If you dislike staples or glues, then a singer sewn bind might be the perfect option for you. It is safe and provides a beautiful finish to any book you want to be printed. You may even consider it as a whimsical touch to your pages.

A singer sewn binding is done by using a single thread and then stitching it through the folded pages at the spine. This option is typically used when the reading materials only have one section.

You can pick the colour of the thread you want to use for the bind. You also have the option of having the stitching visible or not. It can simply be tucked inside of the book, so it’s not visible on the spine.

Wiro Binding or Spiral Binding

There are good reasons why spiral binding is one of the most popular bookbinding methods around. This method is affordable but durable at the same time. They are also very versatile, as you can pick the type of wire for your material. You may have seen them in school notebooks, employee handbooks, and user manuals.

The first step in spiral binding is punching holes along the edges of the pages. Then, the individual wire circles or the spiral will be fed through each hole to bind the pages together.

Interscrew Binding

Do you want to print your portfolio or other office documents? Are you looking for a cleaner and more sophisticated option than a regular ring bind? You may want to consider choosing an interscrew binding method.

Also referred to as Chicago screw binding, this method provides a very durable bind because of the way it is done. In fact, it is so secured and durable that this book binder is a favourite option for restaurant menus.

Interscrew binding does not sacrifice style over durability because the finished product still looks clean. The bookbinder does the process in quite a precise manner. The book binder drills holes on the sides of the paper, and they then attach binding screws between the two covering boards.

Do you want to impress with your printouts Choose Jennings Print Group for your printing needs.

Do you want to impress with your printouts? Choose Jennings Print Group for your printing needs.

At Jennings, we offer a wide range of book binder methods depending on the needs of your business. We understand the importance of presenting your products and services which is why we’re here to guide you.

We are a family-owned print house located in the heart of Newcastle. We have over 45 years of experience, so you are in good hands. Call us on 02 4933 5735 or email to know more about our services.