The Top 3 Book Binding Methods
By Preflight Books

The 3 most common types of book binding and their requirements

Confused about which book binding method to use? Fear not, we are here to help you choose the best method for your manuscript! There are 3 top book binding methods to choose from. Each binding method has its own unique requirements set by the printers themselves which is important to follow. This article will explore the differences between PUR Binding/Perfect Binding, Saddle Stitch, and Case Binding/Hard Cover to help make deciding a whole lot easier.

The image displays a type of binding method (PUR/Perfect Bound book).

1. PUR Binding/Perfect Binding

This binding method entails forming a squared-off spine as done for softcover books and trade paperbacks, typically fiction and non-fiction books. The cover consists of single pages that are gathered, sewn and glued to the cover. PUR Binding and Perfecting binding use the same process. The only difference is that PUR Binding uses a stronger glue for the binding process. The requirements is a minimum of 24 pages. The maximum for a standard Perfect/PUR bound book is 600 pages.

The image displays a diagram on how to PUR/Perfect bind a book.

The image displays a type of binding method (Saddle Stitching Bound book).

2. Saddle Stitch

This is the most common and easiest book binding method. Booklets, catalogues, short children’s books and magazines often use this method because of their smaller page count. There are no spines for this type of binding method because the centrefold consists of double page spreads that are folded, creased and stapled together. The requirements is a minimum of eight pages with four pages per spread and up to 92 total pages.

The image displays a diagram on how to Saddle Stitch a book.

The image displays a type of binding method (Case Bound/ Hard Cover book).

3. Case Bound/ Hard Cover

This is the most expensive book binding method. A printed cloth, heavy paper, buckram, or occasionally leather is used to bind the rigid, protective cover. The sections of the inside pages are sewn together, glued to the end-papers and then glued to the cover’s spine. This method is most commonly used for image-heavy books such as children’s books, coffee table books and cookbooks. It is, however, also common to have hard cover fiction and non-fiction titles, as it is the most durable binding method. The requirements is a minimum of 32 pages.

The image displays a diagram on how to Case Bind a book.

Preflight Books is experienced with all 3 these popular book binding methods. For assistance and further information on our printing and binding services, feel free to contact info@preflightbooks.co.za or request a quote here.

Images sourced from ‘guide to standard binding types‘ and ‘What’s in a bind? 4 types of book binding- Pros and cons‘.

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