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Book Binding

When thinking about creating a book the binding is one of the first considerations. The cover is basically a single sheet that wraps around your book. The first thing to identify is the number of pages the book will have so that you can decide the binding and design the cover. Here are the common types and where they are seen.
  • Hard cover this is a professional looking but more expensive option. These books command a higher retail price. This is the best option for very thick books such as an encyclopedia because it is also associated with groups of pages sewn together and then bound for sturdy book.
  • Hard cover Album this is a new item seen in association with photo albums. It can be used for presentations and coffee table books as well.The pages are glued, heat bound to the spine, and U-shaped spine is compressed for a tight bind.
    Binding flyer (PDF)
  • Dust Cover - this is a single sheet that wrapes around the hard cover book with flaps that wrap around ends to hold in place. To make your hard bound book professional and in some circles a must you will want a dust cover. The dust cover is a seperate publication designed by the publisher and author.
  • Perfect binding - uses glue and a flexible card stock for the cover. This is the binding used for common paper back books. The term Trade is used to describe a paperback produced at a larger size than the mass market paperback. This is my favorite choice for binding.
  • Tape Similar to perfect, it uses an adhesive strip
  • Spiral Is similar to note books using different types of material such as wire or plastic. It is inexpensive and used commonly in cook books.
  • Saddle Stitch is commonly used in comic books and magazines. The pages are folded at the staple and an inexpensive option

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