The bookbinding style you choose can influence the user experience considerably, and we’re here to help you make the right choice for your project.
Below we’ve outlined the most popular bookbinding styles and their most common uses to help you determine which is best for your project.
In this popular bookbinding style, holes are punched at the spine and bound with a plastic coil. One of the primary user benefits of a spiral bound book is that the pages can be opened a full 360 degrees (cover to cover). This method is popular for important documents, resource guides, and any instance in which the reader will be using the book heavily, or intends to make photocopies.
Most common uses: academic workbooks, commercial manuals, notebooks, cookbooks, calendars
This wire-o method utilizes square holes that are punched at the spine and bound with wire, enabling the pages to lay completely flat. The concealed wire-o method uses the exact same method but includes an added cover that allows the book’s title to be visible on the spine when on a shelf. The wire-o binding style is cost-effective and a popular choice for information-based books that are used heavily.
Most common uses: cookbooks, manuals, and stationery products such as diaries and planners
Saddle stitching is a simple bookbinding method that utilizes staples to bind the pages of the book. This style is suitable for both self-covered books (where the cover stock, or paper, is the same as the text) and books with separate covers. This extremely cost-effective binding style works best for full-spread and full-bleed images as well as text since there is no gap between pages. These books are often referred to as booklets and have a lower page count.
Most common uses: magazines, periodicals, booklets, and catalogs
Perfect binding is the most typical bookbinding method for commercially produced books. The spine is glued or threaded together, then adhesive is applied to the paper, creating a durable bond. It is similar to the hardcover binding method but much more cost-effective as it is more economical than traditional hardcover binding. This is often the best solution for higher page count books where saddle stitching or squareback binding isn’t possible.
Most common uses: corporate reports, catalogs, product brochures, manuals, magazines
Squareback binding is an affordable solution in-between saddle stitching and perfect binding, combining the security of a saddle-stitched spine with the improved appearance of a perfect bound square spine. The only downside of this style is the limit of the number of overall pages possible, which makes this option best suited for shorter books.
Most common uses: reference books, children’s books, text books, coffee table books
If you’d like more guidance, our account managers are always here to help you through the entire bookbinding process. Talk to someone today about your big idea and how we can help bring it to life.
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