We call binding of books to the process of sewing, gluing and fixing sheets or sheets of paper and the manufacture of a cover or cover to protect a publication (book, thesis, magazine, etc.) and improve its presence and usefulness.
The types of notebook printing and hardcover book binding can be very varied. Depending on the utility and objectives of the publication, they can range from very simple things (a simple stapling or a worm) to true works of art that manage to provide the object with an exclusive and unique character, making it a collector’s item.
Here, we will focus on the most basic types of book printing and binding that exists and that we offer in our online store.
Binding in Cardboard also called Hardback Binding
In this system, the sheets that make up the gut of the book are covered with a rigid cardboard lid 2 or 3 mm thick. This cardboard is usually covered with a paper or cloth on which the title and design of the cover are printed. It is about the way of binding that greater appearance, solidity and resistance provides to the book. It is also the most expensive system because it uses a greater number of materials and the handling process involves more stages and greater complexity.
In the case of luxury editions, the books can be covered in fabric or leather (natural or synthetic) and decorated with engravings, gilding, reinforcements, etc. The most economical editions usually use textured papers or printed papers to cover the cardboard of the cover.
Stitched Rustic Binding
It is also called paperback or perfect binding (perfect binding). It consists of thick cardboard that covers the cover, back and back, and that is stuck with glue to the gut of the book by the back. The pages of the book are grouped in booklets (usually 16 pages) that are sewn together with vegetable thread and then glued to the lid.
This system is more economical than the hardcover and began to be used massively at the beginning of the 20th century, when technical advances allowed increasing the circulation of books, considerably reducing production costs. In this period, the first pocket editions also emerged, democratizing access to books and culture.
Rustic Binding Milled
This type of binding is very similar to the previous one but with a difference: the sheets of the book are cut and glued directly to the lid. It is a type of binding that is usually used for books printed in digital, magazines, economic editions, etc. It is often referred to as American glue, because it was used massively to bind pocket editions, comics, novels, etc., in the United States. Being an economic system, it is the one most often used by our customers online.
The tails that used to be used to lose flexibility over the years and leaves were released from the covers. Nowadays the tails and adhesives used endure better the passage of time, and some have even appeared very resistant as the PUR glue (polyurethane) that guarantee high durability. The PUR queue is the one we offer to our clients.