Binding Book binding involves several processes in order to produce a finished book. the various sections that form the book are either stitched or glued to hold them together. End papers of stronger stock are added to provide material for covers to stick to, and headbands and tailbands are added to give protection as well as for decorative effect.
1. WIRO BINDING
2. SPIRAL BINDING
3. COMB BINDING
A spire of metal (wiro) rings that bind the pages together through punched holes. Similar idea to spiral binding but with a different shapes inner spire.
A spiral of metal wire that winds through the punched holes of the pages again meaning the publication can open flat.
A spine (comb) of plastic rings that bind and allow a document to open flat
4. OPEN BIND A book bound without a cover to leave an exposed spine.
5. PERFECT BOUND The backs of sections are removed and held together with a flexible adhesive, which also attaches a paper cover to the spine and the fore edge trimmed flat. Commonly used on paperback books.
6. CLIPS & BOLTS A device that holds the loose pages together, usually requires a punched or drilled hole for the clip to pass through.
7. SINGLE STITCH A binding method where the pages are sewn together with one piece of continuous thread.
8. BELLY BAND A printed band that wraps around a publication, typically used with magazines
CASE OR EDITION BINDING
A common hardcover book binding method that sows signatures* together, flattens the spine,applies end sheets and head and tailbands* to the spine. Hard covers are attached, the spine usually rounded and grooves along the cover edge act as hinges.
A wiro bound publication with a wrap around cover and an enclosed spine. a complete wrap around cover is canadian and a partial wrap around is half canadian.
Signatures are nested and bound with wire stitches, applied through spine along centrefold.
A z-bind features a z shaped cover which joins 2 separate text blocks, usually both sections having a ‘perfect’ bind. This provides a clear, yet functional way of separating different types of content. However, with large publications this can become difficult to handle if the cover stock isn’t sturdy enough to support the weight of the pages.
* Signature - Printed sheet folded at least once, possibly many times, to become part of a book, magazine or other publication.. *Headband - Small, ornamental band, generally of mercerized cotton or silk, which in most modern publisher’s trade bindings is glued on the head as well as the tail of the textblock spine of a book. Modern headbands imitate the sewn-on headbands that functioned to protect the head and tail of early bindings. The band at the tail of the book is sometimes called the tailboard.