There are several important factors to consider when you are about to have your book printed and bound. With the intended usage of your book in mind, you will need to select the type of stocks to be used and the type of binding.
The number of copies required determines the most appropriate method of printing a book. If you require larger quantities of books printed, then the offset press will be most cost effective. Short run book printing on the other hand may be more economical digitally printed. We can assist you in these choices for your book printing and book binding requirements and recommend getting in touch to fully explore the options available.
Hard Cover Books
If your book is intended for constant use and will be subjected to wear and tear, then a hard case-bound cover could be required to ensure it lasts. School diaries and textbooks are good examples.
Hard covers are also essential if the information is valuable and the books are intended to last for many years. Reference books, history books, genealogies and art books are normally bound with a hard cover. Valuable books also call for high quality archival stocks, to ensure the book will last for many years without discolouring and acid spots. Case bound books are section sewn, with the text being imposed into signatures and sewn with cotton. The endpapers are then glued into a cloth or vinyl covered hard cover, which may be printed, foiled or embossed. This is the strongest and most archivally stable book hard binding method available.
Soft Cover Books
Perfect Binding and Notch Binding
Perfect binding has 3mm milled off the spine and the cover is glued on. It is suitable only for very light usage, and has the disadvantage that single pages may fall out with time.
Notch binding has notches or perforations in the spine which allows better penetration by the glue. There is another significant advantage in that the spine edge is not milled but perforated, leaving the signatures intact and reducing the possibility of pages tearing out. For these reasons the notch bound book has better strength and durability than the perfect bound book.
Perfect binding and notch binding present well but are not suitable for heavy wear usages. They are useful for quality periodicals, school yearbooks, light use catalogues and other types of general usage publications. They are normally used for publications of 64 pages or more.
If your soft cover book is going to be very thick, or it needs to survive constant usage or extreme climatic conditions, it may require PUR binding. This process uses a special high tech adhesive called Polyurethane Reactive Adhesive. This process will provide a binding many times stronger than standard perfect binding.
Saddle Stitching (Stapling)
Saddle stitching, also known as stapling, is one of the most efficient small book binding methods available. It is fast, economical and ideal for smaller publications and booklets. The leaves are secured through the centre fold by wire staples, allowing the book to open flat. The number of pages that can be stitched depends on how thick the paper is, although as a general rule 64 pages is the maximum advisable number of pages for a saddle stitched book.
Loose Bound Books (Wire-O-Binding)
Wire binding is useful when heavy stock, odd items or a range of different stocks are required to be combined in a book. Because wire-o binding is durable and allows for full and flat opening and closing, it is useful for such printed items as calendars, samplers, colour cards, notebooks, presentation books or unusual custom publications. The wire binding is available in a range of colours and metallic finishes to suit your needs.
Plastic Comb Binding
Comb binding is a convenient and inexpensive way of binding smaller, short-run books. Options include the addition of clear acetate covers and cardboard backing sheets to give a tidy finish.
There are many options for your book printing and binding needs
Your book may require many copies or few. Depending on your needs we can advise you on the most cost effective method to achieve the result you want.