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Getting in a bind over book binding

June 1, 2016

I never realized there was such a variety with binding. ~ Connie

Matthew Wright

I’ve been talking lately about the new world of independent publishing – the way all authors can, if they so desire, become publishers. A lot of the terms can be daunting and today I’m going through some of the ones associated with book binding.

Wright_Books2The three main ones are:

  1. Perfect binding. This is when the pages are guillotined to size (‘trimmed’) and bound with a card cover, using flexible adhesives. Sometimes it’s also known as having a ‘drawn on cover’ because the cover is ‘drawn’ over the pile of pages. You’ll know it as a standard cheap paperback. And that’s the advantage – it’s cheap.
  2. Burst binding. This is exactly the same as perfect binding, except that the pages aren’t guillotined at the spine. Instead, they’re prepared in folds of typically 16-24pp, known as ‘bursts’, often sewn (‘stitched’) together before the cover is ‘drawn on’ and glued. It’s a…

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