Let’s discuss book binding services. Because at some point in life, we’ve all held books in our hands. Different books—such as the archaic library manuscripts, brand new books, your dissertation or thesis—have exuded that special feeling of holding and opening a valued object. One can’t help but wonder about the loads of work involved in physically producing books.
The possibilities are limitless when you think of any document containing texts either long or short, held together with covers in front and back. Here is where our book binding service comes to play. Bookbinding is one of the world’s oldest professions. It goes way back into the 15th century. Even today numerous innovations are being made in this grand, old artistic craft.
What Is Book Binding
Book binding involves the assembling of pages together into a bounded book. It is also the combination of several leaves or folio (usually paper, parchment or vellum) in covers to make a book. This process converts loose materials into a bounded book with the aim of protecting and ensuring the security of the materials contained in the book.
Bookbinding has been done over the years for various objectives. Book binding is of two types: traditional and automatic bookbinding. Traditionally, bookbinding involves the making of bindings by hand. Nowadays, bulk book bindings are done using automatic machines.
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Why Book Binding is Important
Bookbinding holds great benefits that cannot be overemphasized. Not only does it make a piece of work appealing to the eyes, it creates an impression of the author in the mind of the reader. Binding also prolongs the book’s shelf life—no pun intended!
Here are other benefits that bookbinding has brought to the world:
- Loose leaves are easily misplaced or lost. Bookbinding helps to retain books for a long period. This helps prevent lost work that may occur as a result of paper loss.
- Bookbinding services give you the option to use an attractive binding cover and embossed titles, giving your book a more professional look.
- Bookbinding is fairly inexpensive, and more effective compared to punching holes in documents to put them in files and folders.
Types of Book Binding Options
There are several options of binding to choose from when bookbinding. Print Bind Ship bookbinding service has these options listed below available for you:
In the saddle stitching process, signatures or sheaves of folded paper are taken and fastened together in the centerfold using a number of staples. This process is called saddle stitching as the metal frame is saddled by the paper in order to line up the paper spine under the stapler when it is being stapled together. It is done usually for printed material with pages ranging from 4-64.
Saddle stitching is best fit for catalogs and booklets of small size. Its characteristic nature of being simple, attractive, and effective makes saddle stitching an ideal choice for binding booklets, catalogs, programs, large brochures and alike. Consider the creep when you are designing your saddle stitched piece.
Since the paper pages must be placed inside each other, the creep is created causing the inner pages to protrude gradually across the edge as more pages are added. The more pages, the more creep allowance needed. For a professional commercially printed, the pages are trimmed to have a flush edge finish after assembling is done.
Perfect binding is one of the widely known methods of bookbinding. It is often used for paperback books, magazines, and catalogs. It’s cost-effective and visually appealing, so you can consider using it for your next print materials. Perfect binding involves a process where several pages of paper are bound together with the use of an adhesive, creating a clean, hard and skillfully printed material.
One or more sheets grouped in sets are printed and laid out; such that once the sheet is folded, it creates a group of pages called signatures. These signatures are stacked at the edge, forming the spine, and are toughened to improve adhesion. Then, an adhesive is added to the spine before wrapping a cover around them. Three sides are trimmed to form the finished publication once the glue dries.
Considering its efficiency and cost, spiral bound printing is perfect to use for short-term and non-retail books. The pages are printed using digital printing technology on high-quality paper, giving it a professional finish throughout. They are then stacked with holes punched in them; a spiral or coil is put into the holes to hold the book together.
Books with spiral bound can be laid flat and crisp over each other; an attractive, lifelong choice for business, home use and in education. It is best fitted when printing materials such as recipe books, employee manuals, journals, and directories.
This binding is used in more formal, ordered, and professional printing. Like spiral binding, the pages can turn 360 degrees (to show front and back) without causing any damage to the spine. But, this binding is less sturdy. A malleable loop, professional-looking metal wire is used, making it fit for business reports, fine art photography calendar, and the like.
In this binding, single sheets of paper are printed on both sides, trimmed to size and collated according to the page number. Known as wire comb, twin-loop or double-loop binding, the wire has two small wire loops running along a comb-like c-shaped spine. These loops are put inside each already punched square holes on the printed book’s cover’s edge and pages, allowing the pages to align perfectly. A wire tightens the spine closer until it is round and the cover and pages are secured. Depending on the project design, the binding can be on the left or top of the pages.
Popularly known as hardcover binding, this is the highest quality binding method you can choose. Books with case binding are impressively presented, highly durable, quite bulky with an air of quality. And, they tend to be the most expensive type of binding. The pages inside are sewn together into sections, which are then glued to the last papers. Then, the last papers are glued to the cover’s spine. The covers can be made from attractive paper, leather etc.
Although time-consuming and costly, this method is ideal for books with long shelf life or consistent use. Case bound books lay flat on the table whenever they are open.
Which Book Binding Option Should You Choose?
Choosing a book binding option is a delicate one and requires putting a number of factors into consideration seeing how binding plays a vital role in a printed booklet’s appearance and performance. The following factors are taken into consideration:
- The function of the printed material.
- The number of pages
- Desired material quality
- Printing budget
Print Bind Ship, as a bookbinding service, provides all the above-mentioned binding options designed to fulfill your bookbinding needs.
Print Bind Ship: Holding It All Together
Bookbinding is a crucial step in determining the success and acceptance of the printed material. Print Bind Ship can help walk you through the phase. We have 60 years of recorded success as a Printer.
Consult Print Bind Ship for your self-publishing, printing and binding needs and more! When you need a professionally bound booklet without breaking the bank in any way, bring it to the experts at Print Bind Ship. Contact Print Bind Ship for a free consultation.