How to Choose the Right Book Binding Option for Your Book

When you look at the thousands of books available in your average bookstore, they use many different types of bindings. But what are the different types of book bindings available and how do you select the best one for your book?

Perfect Binding

Perfect bindings–AKA paperback bindings–are the most common book binding option available in the industry right now. Paperback bindings are popular because they are versatile, able to be used on a number of different sizes of books, from novels, to trade paperback books, to large reports and manuals. Perfect bindings are also popular because they are portable while still being durable for standard reading use.

Book printing and binding process

Hardcover/Casebound Binding

This is the highest quality of book binding available on the market today. These have covers that are made of heavy binder board where you can have your book cover design printed and glued to it to make it a smooth cover. The book is then sewn and glued to the inside of the board making it extremely durable. These are primarily used for books that store important information and stand up to heavy use over time.

Hardcover/Cloth Binding

This hardcover book binding option is the one that you see most often for hardback books sold in book stores or in library collections. The book has a binder board covered with cloth, with minimal ornamentation or identification information on it. This is typically paired with a full-color dust jacket that is used to identify the book and provide all other information typically on a book cover such as ISBN number, pricing, back cover copy, pull quotes from book reviews, etc.

Wire Bindings

There are some books that work best when they can lay flat on a surface. Books such as cookbooks, reference materials, and even calendars work best if they can lay flat when in use.

Saddle Stitch Binding

This is another common book binding style. Saddle stitch bindings use folded sheets of paper (in multiples of four) up to 64 pages which are folded along a “saddle” and then stapled into place along the spine. These are commonly seen in catalogs, booklets, brochures, magazines, and direct mailers.

3-Ring Binders

Printed material that can be inserted into custom-designed, full-color laminated binders using 3-hole punch paper to allow pages to be inserted within the binder are also common for publications such as training manuals, reference guides, and even cookbooks. The 3-ring binder is also designed to be flexible and allows the content to be expanded by printing and inserting additional pages into the binder as necessary. This is great for training that covers multiple closely-related topics.

Whatever book binding you select, just make sure that it meets the specific needs of your book buying audience.

Let InstantPublisher Help You Select the Best Book Binding Option for You

We offer all of the book binding options listed above and a few others as well. Contact us at 1-800-259-2592, fill out our online contact form, or send an email to questions@instantpublisher.com to get more information.

What type of finish is best for my book cover?

Cover finishing

InstantPublisher offers many types of stock cover finishes.  For special requests not listed on our site, please email or give us a call.

UV Coating
This coating is the standard “free” option on InstantPublisher’s self-published covers.  UV is common in print and stands for “ultra-violet,” as the coating is dried by UV light.   The coating adds a glossy sheen to the cover similar to a clear coat.  It adds a little protection but not as much as plastic lamination.

Plastic lamination
Plastic lamination is a plastic film applied to book covers for a finished look that provides protection.  Plastic lamination will provide some scratch resistance to your book and is an upgrade on soft cover books but comes standard on our hardcover cased books.  This type of finish is recommended for any type of high use book like a cookbook or journal.  The standard plastic lamination InstantPublisher offers has a gloss finish.  Other types of lamination are available like antimicrobial, soft touch and matte lamination.

Linen Plastic Lamination
The linen lamination is similar to the standard gloss laminate but it is processed through a texturizer that adds a linen texture similar to an old photograph.  It still has a somewhat glossy finish but not as glossy as standard gloss laminate.

Foil Stamping
Foil stamping uses a metal stamp and a foil to create a metallic finish.  This type of coating is most popular on cloth or leather covers that cannot be printed on.  Usually it is just a title or something small as foil has its limitations.  At times, foil stamping is also used on printed material to make items stand out.  Foil is available in a variety of colors but gold and silver are the most popular options.

Embossing/Debossing
Embossing/Debossing is where a stamp is made and an area of the cover is actually raised or lowered for effect.  This is usually done in conjunction with print like a title or object that needs to stand out on the cover.  It is similar to Foil Stamping but without the use of foil.

 

InstantPublisher would like to introduce a new cover coating option with antimicrobial coating technology.  

Antimicrobial Coating

Instantpublisher’s antimicrobial coating offers added protection against certain dangerous bacteria and other harmful microbes. The specialty treated covers feature a durable antimicrobial coating that helps prevent the growth of some potentially harmful bacteria. Antimicrobial coating can also be cleaned with soap and water to further sanitize surfaces. This coating is ideal for use in books that are frequently handled.  This coating is a gloss lamination type of coating.

Surface Treatment
In some cases, microbes such as bacteria can cause illness in humans and animals.  Bacteria frequently grow on contaminated surfaces and may be transferred through physical contact. Antimicrobial coatings create a surface that helps limit certain bacterial growth. When these bacteria are unable to multiply and spread, they can easily be eliminated with common sanitation processes.

ISO-22196 Testing

Instantpublisher’s antimicrobial coating has been independently evaluated using ISO-22196 test methods to measure antibacterial activity on plastic surfaces. Antimicrobial coating has only been tested against specific bacteria and may not kill or otherwise neutralize viruses and other patho­gens.

Protocol 01 -1A Testing

Antimicrobial coating has also been evaluated using Protocol 01-1A to measure the performance of sanitizers on nonporous surfaces such as polyester. Multiple wear cycles are performed with test microorganisms to determine residual antimicrobial performance.

The additional cost will be $.50 per book.  The option will be located under the cover coating section of the order form.  Instantpublisher can supply a small logo to place on your cover to alert buyers of the extra feature per your request.

Sewn perfect bound book binding.

InstantPublisher prides itself in offering the most customizable self publishing and book printing service around. I am going to start randomly posting about some of the different book printing options we offer, as many of our customers do not know that we offer so many different configurations in our book printing line and that  many do not know what the terms even mean.  This week I am going to talk about sewn perfect binding.

Sewn perfect binding looks similar to a regular perfect bound (paperback)  book but the book block is actually sewn together before gluing the cover to the book block.   The reason we offer this binding style is that perfect binding by itself is not suitable for long term usage because the glue hardens by alternating cold and hot weather and will eventually break and the pages will fall out. When some people read a book they will tend to try to make the book lay flat by folding the book back onto the spine.  This also tends to break the glue where the book is folded and will cause the pages to fall out.

Sewn Perfect binding is recommended for books that need to last for a very long time or books with a coated stock like our gloss coated papers.  Gloss coated papers do not let the glue penetrate as well as regular text stock so, with gloss coated books with more than 80 pages, we recommend that you take the sewn option.  Sewn books are first glued together, sewn with thread, then they are perfect bound to hide the threads.  The threads can still be seen when the book is opened wide but they are barely noticeable.  The outside of the book will have a slight bulge as well where the thread is but it is not very noticeable.   This is the same binding style that we use in our hardcover book binding to be sure the books last a very long time. See more on this binding style here.

Notice the threads inside the spine of the sewn perfect bound book
The sewn perfect bound book appears just like a regular glued perfect bound book

Book Binding Options

All of our book binding methods, except the 3-Ring and hardback/case bindings, are what are sometimes referred to as “soft covers.” The 3-Ring Padded binding is laminated card stock with a padded core, which is formed around three metal rings, similar to a school notebook. We offer several binding options (click for more information on each binding type):

Different book binding types are suitable for different applications. Instantpublisher’s free option for our books is Perfect Binding (shown below). This binding is excellent for books, corporate reports, manuals, brochures, and annual reports. One advantage of this type of binding is that if your book has 80 pages or more, we can print the title information on the spine of the binding. Sewn perfect binding is also offered for thicker color books. Sewing the perfect bound books allows the books to last much longer and is the prefered method for larger books. (InstantPublisher – a book publishing company offers many book binding options. See binding options below.)

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Double Wire Binder Plastic Wire Binder Plastic Comb Binder

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