An Insight into Book Binding Styles

Binding Styles

Publishers consider binding styles as important because they have a huge impact on sales. The Book Binding is more or less like the spinal cord of the book, without it a book would just be loose sheets of paper. Binding styles depend on several factors and is a critical decision at the time of publishing. Every book is bound in such a way that it is easy for readers to read or handle the book. Some of the major factors to consider are:

Book binding styles

    • End purpose of the book
    • Cost and time
    • Book handling
    • Impressive presentation, yet cost effective and professional
    • Audience

Soft cover book binding is one of the popular binding styles with book publishers. Soft cover books are usually used as they are cheaper than hardcovers, cheaper to ship and several bookstores consider soft covers better for space management. These books are sometimes saddle-stitched depending on the number of pages. The saddle-stitched book usually has 8 to 80 pages in number.

The perfect bound type of binding is for soft cover books containing pages between 80 and 300 pages. The notch bound is also used at times. The spine is trimmed off when fed into a binding machine. Glue is then applied for a strong hold. This process is also called adhesive binding. The perfect bound type of binding is commonly found in soft cover books and novels.

Lay Flat book binding is usually for books that need to open flat when laid down on a table. It looks and feels like a perfect bound or a notch bound but will appear flat whilst open. One such binding technique, the Smyth sewn, offers lie flat book binding, but it is more expensive and time consuming. Otabind is another binding technique that offers the same quality as the Smyth sewn and appears like a perfect bind. For this process the book is fed in to a binding line and about 0.125 inches is cut off. The cover is then introduced and the spine of the book will be floating separately away from the book.

Sewing books together involves books with several blocks which are sewn throughout the spine of the book. It is a very trustworthy binding style and also has the lie flat feature. This type of binding can be found in hardcover books or music books.

There are several other types of binding depending on the end purpose of the book. Easy tear is used for workbooks where one can easily detach a sheet of paper. Saddle-stitch is usually is done for magazines and pamphlets. The plastic comb can be found in user manuals.

The above mentioned factors are to be considered whilst choosing your binding styles. offers are a variety of book binding styles to suit your specific needs.