Which way to bind your book?

Most books are held together — bound — in one way or another. The major ways of binding a book are:

Saddle stitching — The pages of a book are held together with staples through the spine. This form of binding is usually suitable only for books with some 64 pages or less and the finished product may look a bit like a magazine.

Perfect binding — The pages are glued together at the spine side prior to the cover being wrapped around the content and glued to the spine of the pages. The end result is usually known as a paperback. Suitable for books with a minimum of 56 pages.

Case binding — The cover of the book is glued onto stiff boards to form the ‘case’; the content is either glued or sewn at the spine side and then attached to the case with ‘endpapers’. Books bound in this way are commonly referred to as hardcovers. Suitable for books with a minimum of 56 pages. For smaller quantities this is often a manual binding method and hence not so economical.

Flexi binding — A popular binding style which sits between a paperback finish and a hardback finish. The case or cover is generally made with paperback cover stock which is folded over with endpapers applied to the front and back of the book. This kind of book combines techniques and features of both perfect and case binding alike.

Wire-o binding — The cover and text pages are drilled multiple times on the spine side. A plastic-coated metal wire coil is then fed through the holes and crimped to close. This type of binding is often used for calendars, but also for manuals, instruction or workbooks as it allows the reader to open the book perfectly flat, or even fold the cover and pages right back onto themselves.