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An Overview on Hardcover Binding Books

Book binding is an ancient craft!

Hardcover books are bound with firm protective covers, in general they are cardboard covered with a material called buckram (which is a stiff cloth) or other materials like cloth, heavy paper, or occasionally leather. The flexible sewn spine allows the book to stretch out when opened. With rigid outer protective covers, hardcover books are often printed on acid-free paper. Compared to paperbacks, they are much more durable, but costly to manufacture.

hardcover binding books

Books with lots of pages like reference books, yearbooks, children’s books, novels, vanity books, coffee table books, art books, law books, medical books and many custom books use the hardcover binding method. In order to make the book look more artistic, the hardcover method is often used with specialty finishing techniques which include stamping and embossing.

Hardcover Binding Process

With hardcover binding, initially a text block is created by fastening or gluing the text pages at the spine. End leaves clench the text block to the interior side of the cover integument which is later applied to the binding edge of the text block. Finally, the cover is created separately and glued to the end leaves and text block. Having said all that, spines types can be chosen according to your personal preference such as square or round, with or without ribbon. Through the standard process, a minimum of 24 pages can be hardcover bound and the maximum number of pages is 900. Books that contain more than 900 pages will require over sewing.

We at bookselfpublishing.com offer you a variety of options for publishing your books. We print both hardcover books and softcover books as per the preference of the author.