If we don’t consider size and color almost every book looks just the same. The Book Binding Type or style might be completely different. It’s basically the first step for publishing your book. As it depends on the number of pages and the budget.

So how many types of binding processes are here?

The answer is near about a dozen but today we will talk about the main 4 of them. Sure new binding techniques come and go every day and each four of them has its own subcategory and pros and cons. This depends on the purpose of that certain book. Some are durable and attractive and also expensive while others are shiny and made to be opened flat. so let’s get started.

The Best Book Binding Type Case binding

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Better known as hardcover binding, it’s the most premium binding technique. All the books in the past were bonded using this technique. The pages here are Sewn with strong threads in multiple sections. After that, the sections are glued to the end-papers which are finally glued to the cover’s spine. When opened, case-bound books lay flat on the table.

Why case binging is good
  • Case-bound books looks premium. They give your book a weighty feel and emit a sense of supirior quality.
  • Books bound in this manner are highly durable and long lasting and attract high retail prices.
Why case binding is bad
  • Cost is the biggest drawback to the technique. The net cost of case binding can be several times the cost of perfect binding.
  • Weight can be an issue. Case-bound books are generally heavier compared to their counterparts, which can result in higher shipping costs.

The Cheaper Alternative Perfect binding

The second book binding type is the Perfect binding is better known as softcover binding is similar to case binding, except for the hard cardboard cover below it consists of a comparatively thicker page it’s called a “Cardstock paper”. A perfect binding cover is often coated or laminated to protect the book finger sweat and regular wear and tear.

With this type of binding, the cover and pages are glued together with a super strong glue. Often the cover is longer than the pages, so the cover is trimmed to give it that perfect look. It’s the reason why it was named that way as its edges are sharp and the book is perfectly rectangular in shape. Though the edges cant have a proper coating so they start getting faded from here after mild use.

Why you shoud choose Perfect Binding
  • It’s an economical alternative to hardcover binding, both in terms of production and shipping.
  • Presentation is still of high quality, allowing the books to fetch good prices at sale.
Why you should NOT choose Pefect Binding
  • Books don’t lay flat on the table when opened due to gluing of cover to the spine of the book block.
  • The inferior paper-based cover also means that perfect bound books are less durable than hardcover books.

Saddle Stitch Binding Cheapest Book Binding Type

This book binding type is generally used for magazines and they are not very strong. They are designed to hold a small number of pages. After the printing is done the pages are printed and organized, they are stacked and loaded onto a conveyor from where they are stapled together using metal staples instead of stitching. The stapling is often done without a book cover.

Why saddle stitch is a good idea
  • This technique is highly economical, especially for small, short-term booklets.
  • Saddle-stitched books lay flat (for the most part) when opened.
  • This binding method usually has a fairly quick turnaround and can be done at most commercial printers in-house.
Why saddle stitch is NOT a good idea
  • When used for books with many pages, the nesting of pages within one another can cause creeping.
  • Books are less durable; the cover and pages can be easily damaged.

Comb/Spiral/Termal Binding

Stack of the different exercise books with wire spiral binding at selective focus on a white background

If you are printing books in very very limited amounts, You should probably choose one of these methods. In “Comb Binding” a series of flat plastic rings that are connected to each other are used to bind different papers together by punching holes at any of the edges of those sets of papers.

However, for spiral binding instead of plastic comb-like flat rings, the metallic or plastic coil is used to go through holes to bind them. For thermal binding, the pages are glued to the spine of the book with applying heat and glue. The spine is the binding part of the book where pages stay connected.

Reasons to choose them
  • For short-run books, these one-off binding techniques are very effective.
  • These techniques are also extremely low-cost due to low or no-minimum order quantity.
Reasons to NOT choose them
  • All three options are generally not acceptable for standard distribution and retail channels.
  • Readers will know that your document is self-published.

As we said before there are more ways to bind books and everyday people are becoming creative and making more ways to do so. Above are the main 4 types coming up with new ways to help with the companies branding. Just don’t forget the most most important part of your decision-making is THE PURPOSE of your book. It is the main thing that will decide your book binding type. For you are thinking about printing anything anytime soon don’t forget to check our home page for more information.