Do you get confused by the different binding methods? In this blog we are going to explain the difference between the various book binding methods.
The popular binding methods are saddle stitch (also called staple binding), Perfect binding, case binding and thread sewn books. Clients often ask about PUR binding. We will discuss that under Perfect binding.
Let’s look at the popular methods one by one:
Saddle stitch (staple binding)
Examples of Saddle stitch
Perfect binding is the process where sheets are cut and stacked. Specialized glue is then applied to the spine before the cover is wrapped around the sheets. The three remaining sides are then trimmed to give a neat end result. Perfect binding is used to bind soft cover books.
PUR binding – how is it different from perfect binding?
The short answer is, the type of chemicals used in the glue. The main disadvantages of PUR is that it is considerably more expensive and needs time to cure. We found that it takes up to 24 hours after binding before a book can be safely handled and trimmed. This of course adds to the turnaround time. PUR has advantages in very cold climates such as some places in Europe or Canada because extreme cold will not make the glue crack. In South Africa that is not a consideration though.
The glue we use to do Perfect binding gives a better penetration between the sheets or sections, it dries super fast.
How strong is perfect binding?
With advancement in technology, a good quality glue such as the one imported from Germany that we use, even books that are handled very often such as study or reference books, will not fall apart. In short, perfect binding is a cost effective way to give a professional looking finish that will last, to a printing project.is
Examples of Perfect binding
Case binding or hard covers
How do you do case binding?
The printed cover is folded and glued around a case made of hard board. Cloth is added to the spine before it is glued to the case and end sheets are added to make sure that the book adheres firmly to the case.
An example of case binding
What can be used as cover for case binding?
Wire-O binding is often used on notebooks, presentations or other books where you want to be able to turn the pages 360 degrees without damaging the spine.