Book binding is as important to your finished book as other elements such as the printed pages, the cover or the content. Quality binding is an art form and very difficult to master. Many different binding styles exist depending on what you want your book to look like as well as how durable you want it to be. In general, the more complicated the bind style, the higher the cost.
There are a variety of bind styles used to manufacture paperback books. Some of the most common include perfect bound and notch bound. Perfect bound books are made by grinding about one eighth of an inch off the spine of a book and then attaching a paper cover with adhesive. This makes a smooth flat surface for the glue to adhere to. Notch bound books have notches cut out of the spine instead of grinding a section off. In contrast, this creates many crevices for glue to sink into and makes the finished book more durable. Perfect and notch bound books are the most economical way for content creators to have books made.
Malloy can also perform Rep Kover binding. RepKover is a type of lay-flat binding, licensed and administered by Otabind International. When a RepKover book is closed, it looks like a perfect bound book. When it is open the spine of the cover “floats” free from the text, allowing the book to lay flat.
Saddle Stitched Books
Saddle stitching is another bind style typically used for catalogs, brochures, booklets or manuals. Pages are stapled together using a saddle stitch machine. The name comes from the way the pages ride on the machine as staples are applied, sort of like a person riding a horse.
Case bound or hardcover books produce a higher quality finished product. Malloy offers case binding for both traditional offset and Digital Short Run (DSR). Adhesive case binding is a strong and economical alternative to smyth sewing and meets the rigorous durability criteria established by the National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA). Finding a printer that can manufacture your entire book in-house will give you greater control over the schedule, materials used and the workflow. Malloy does much of its case binding work right here at our facilities on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. We can do case binding for as few as 400 copies up to 20,000 copies. We also have the capability to do split runs where a portion of your books are softcover and another portion is case bound. You can learn more about Malloy’s case binding profile here.