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The following checklist can be helpful before sending your artwork to be printed:

Case Bound

Case Bound

The standard binding for a hardback book. There are many different types of case binding but typically the inner pages are sewn together in sections and then these are glued to end papers which are glued to the cover.

Perfect bound

Perfect Bound

Sections of folded pages (signatures) have their spines cut and roughed up to help them bond with the glue. All the pages are then gathered and glued to a cover which is wrapped around them.

Sewn Bound

Sewn Bound

Similar to saddle stitching at just a few pages, but thread is used instead of wire and the thread is stitched along the whole spine. As more pages are included it becomes more similar to case binding but without the cover.

side bound

Side or Stab Stitching

Stab or side stitching again uses wire to punch through the pages. This time however the wire is punched from the front through to the back of the document, rather than at the spine. Often then covered to hide the wire.

Loop bound

Loop Stitched

Similar to saddle stitching. The difference being that a loop is created with the wire on the spine so that the document can be inserted into a ring binder.

Tape Bound

Tape Bound

An adhesive tape is wrapped around the spine of several pages to hold them in place. It often incorporates stab stitching as well to give added strength.

Wire bound

Wire Bound

Wire binding is similar to spiral binding, but in this case the wire passes through each hole twice. By doing this it removes the need to crimp the ends and enables the book’s pages to lie exactly next to each other when flat.

Spiral bound

Spiral Bound

Holes are punched or drilled into the pages. Wire is then shaped and threaded into the holes. Each end of the wire is then crimped to prevent the wire slipping off.

Comb bound

Comb Bound

Rectangular holes are first punched into the pages. The rings of the plastic comb are then threaded through the punched holes and wrapped around onto themselves to hold the pages in place.

Pur Bound

Pur Bound

PUR binding is the same method as perfect binding, but uses a different adhesive. PUR (polyurethane reactive) glue holds stronger than standard perfect binding glue and remains strong at temperature extremes.

Screw bound

Screw Bound

In screw, stud or post binding holes are drilled through the pages. A barrel post is inserted through the holes. A cap screw is then screwed into the barrel post which holds the pages in place.

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