Did you know that more than 2.3 million book titles were produced in 2013 alone? Book publishing remains a huge business – a $28 billion industry in the U.S. alone. And binding holds it all together.
All of those books – plus the additional magazines, catalogs and notebooks produced yearly – require bindery to turn the individual sheets of paper into a single unit. Depending on the application, publishers will often choose from one of the common binding techniques listed below:
Perfect Binding (pictured right) – In this method, the binding edge is coated with fast drying glue that holds pages together. Pages are then attached to a cover with a flexible adhesive to create a squared-off back. Perfect binding enhances visual appeal and longevity, which makes it a great fit for the many paperback books produced each year.
Saddle Stitching – The simplest and least expensive binding technique, the pages are stapled or “stitched” with a wire coil from the outside through the center fold. Most magazines are saddle stitched (typically one staple/coil near the top, one in the middle, and one near the bottom).
Spiral Binding – In this method, spiral wire or plastic is wound through holes punched along the edge of the paper. Common for notebooks, spiral binding can be used on almost any material, lays flat and is well suited for short runs.
There are many other types of binding, including side wire stitching, sewn case, soft cover, plastic comb and ring, but the three listed above are certainly the most common methods.
For more information about these or other binding techniques, please feel free to contact xpedx’s printing solutions team. We are happy to work with you to determine which binding technique is right for your next project.