Book binding types are an important in planning your book.
Book binding types offer many options, but listed below and in the image are the basics.
Know the differences what planning your book’s binding, or other book binding types.
Case bound, hardcover or hardback.
Case bound is a book binding type used for hardcover books. The cover wrap can print on paper or be cloth, leather, faux cloth, or bonded, vegan, or faux leather. A faux material can save on the cost of using real cloth, linen, leather, suede, etc.
Case bound books usually have a dust jacket if a material is used for the cover wrap. A dust jacket is optional when the cover wrap is printed paper. The least costly option is to print the cover wrap, which is the most economical. But, you can add a background photo or stock art to print on paper, and it looks like cloth or leather. Get creative!
Children’s board books are when the pages and cover are printed on thicker board instead of thin paper. The corners are rounded. Ar Star Print Brokers, we print them with safe inks and materials. A laminate or varnish is applied to the cover and pages. It’s important to make sure that board books are safe to handle. Babies often put things into their mouths! Board books are a binding style.
Perfect bound, a common book binding type.
Perfect bound is one of the book binding types for soft cover books that are also known as paperback books. Signatures may be notched, glued or burst bound. Star Print Brokers will offer suggestions if you do not know which is right for your book. Much depends on the page count and purpose of the book. For instance, a reference book gets a lot more wear and tear. You may want to consider Smyth sewn signatures and then have the book bound for use as a softcover. many of our books will have Smyth sewing because we pride ourselves on producing top quality books that last.
Wire-O is a special wire that we use for both hardcover and soft cover books. The wire may be seen on the spine, concealed completely behind the spine of a soft cover or hardcover book, or semi-concealed. To semi-conceal means that the wire is either on the spine, somewhat covering the tile, or placed on the back cover next to the spine. It is a higher quality alternative to spiral binding. We have several options to work with when choosing this style of binding. SPB can also put the book on an easel for the easy display of directions or instructions: like a cookbook.
Saddle Stitch is a term used for simply stapling along the spine. This is one of the book binding types that is suitable for very low page count books or catalogues. If you have booklets to print, this is a good way to go.
Instead of saddle stitch, we try to do perfect binding whenever possible, so that you can have a proper title on a spine. The minimum page count for a softcover children’s book is 24 pages. It is difficult to have a perfect bound spine on a soft cover book. But, it’s no problem for a hardcover book.
Coil binding is often in use for lay flat books. It is good for reference books, but has no visible spine. It is not recommended if selling to bookstores where a visible spine is a must. The title needs to be seen if on the shelf of a bookstore.
Call (844) 603-1777 toll-free, or (425) 603-1777 in the Seattle area. Request a quote today! When you have reviewed book binding types and are ready to upload your book to us, try our FTP, or use DropBox.