In our ongoing aim to keep you informed and to hopefully make it easier for you to order printed materials, here’s our simple guide to different types of binding:
This is the most common form of binding for hard cover books. It involves sewing the pages together, flattening the spine and applying end sheets and a strip of cloth to the spine. The spine is usually rounded and there are grooves along the edges of the cover near the spine.
This method of binding uses a flexible adhesive, which binds all of the publication’s pages together along the folds, thus creating the spine. The cover is then stuck to the spine. Paperback books, telephone directories and many magazines deploy this method. This form of binding can be quite durable and a cost-effective procedure.
Commonly used for small booklets, calendars and some magazines. Several sheets of paper are folded, with the fold becoming the spine, and are stapled together along the fold.
This is where you see the wire loops (small circles) on the outside of the publications that fit into rectangular holes within the publication. The loops are then crimped in order to hold the wire in place. The benefit of this method (and the similar comb binding) is that you can then lay the document out flat when open, so is useful for notepads, recipe books, manuals, etc.