Soft Cover and Hardcover Binding


Soft Cover Book Binding:

Soft cover book binding is a preferred choice with book creators. It is also identified as perfect binding or glue binding and takes up a different process to complete. Soft cover books are great for printing catalogs, manuals, novels, magazines, photo books and more. Read on to understand the process of soft cover book binding.

Softcover and Hardcover Book Binding

Process:

As with soft cover book binding or perfect binding, the bonding agent is applied to the spine side of the pages or leaves and the cover is folded around the pages. Once the process is complete and the adhesive is cured, the book is trimmed on three sides, ultimately resulting in a functional soft cover book. The final output with perfect binding is an elegant finished product.

Hardcover book binding:

With rigid outer protective covers, hardcover books are often printed on acid-free paper. Compared to paperbacks, they are much more durable and costly to manufacture.

Features:

The strength and durability that you get with this type of binding is highly advantageous. When coupled with other materials such as fabrics or leathers together with specialty finishing techniques like embossing and stamping, the finish of the book will be classy and artistic. Following are some examples of books that use hardcover bound binding:

  • Reference books
  • Yearbooks
  • Children’s books
  • Novels
  • Vanity books
  • Coffee table books
  • Art books
  • Law books
  • Medical books

Process:

With regards to this type of binding, a text block is initially created. In order to create a text block at the spine, the text pages are first fastened or glued together. End pages that grip the text block to the inner side of the cover are applied to the binding edge of the text block. As an ending process, the cover of the book is created separately and then glued to the end pages and text block.

Page limit:

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.