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Book Binding

Putting it all together

The right binding method can make a big difference when it comes to visual appeal, durability, and functionality. When it comes to binding options, Webcom has got you covered with dozens of options to meet the unique sizes and functional requirements of your title. With our team of experts and our ability to deliver high-end complex projects reliably, you can count on us to deliver high-quality bookbinding, all under one roof.

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  • Perfect Binding

    Perfect Binding

    Also referred to as paperback or softcover, the text block and spine are secured to the cover paper using an adhesive glue, either PUR or EVA. This style of binding allows the spine to be visible on a bookshelf.

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  • Hardcover Perfect Binding

    HARDCOVER

    Also referred to as casebound, this binding type produces a book with a hard, durable spine and cover as well as offers a wide range of customization options. 

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  • Saddle Stitched Book Binding

    SADDLE STITCH

    Staples are inserted into the spine to bind the leaves together. It’s an economical option for books with low page counts such as booklets, catalogues, brochures and manuals.

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  • Mechanical Bound Book

    MECHANICAL

    Mechanical binding allows your book to open completely flat. Popular applications for this cost-effective option include instruction manuals, guidebooks, employer handbooks, cookbooks and directories.

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Softcover Books

The most popular and affordable bookbinding method.

  • PERFECT BOUND (EVA)

    Trade Novels  •  Textbooks  •  Manuals  •  Graphic Novels  •  Academic Journals   •  Catalogues

    More detailsOur standard perfect bound product offering. The book block spine is ground down and glued with EVA, also referred to as hot-melt, this adhesive is used for standard bookbinding. Hot-melt adhesives dry by cooling back into a solid.

     

  • PERFECT BOUND (PUR)

    Trade Novels  •  Textbooks  •  Manuals  •  Graphic Novels  •  Academic Journals   •  Catalogues

    More detailsOur enhanced perfect bound product offering. PUR glue is the highest quality glue available, allowing standard books to have high durability and lay-flat quality. Requires longer drying time.

  • PERFECT BOUND (NOTCH)

    Trade Novels  •  Textbooks  •  Manuals  •  Graphic Novels  •  Academic Journals   •  Catalogues

    More detailsAnother version of perfect binding, rather than grinding down the spine to accept glue, the book signatures have notches punched into them, allowing the glue to seep into the pages.

  • LAY FLAT (OTABIND)

    Non-Fiction Books  •  Textbooks  •   Professional Reference   •  Catalogues

    More detailsA specialized method of bookbinding where the cover is glued to the front and back pages of the book block, leaving the spine free to float over the cover of the book. This allows the book to lay flat and open without forcing the pages down.


 

Hardcover Books

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  • ADHESIVE (PERFECT BOUND)

    Trade Books  •  Textbooks   •  Graphic Novels   •  Religious Books

    More detailsOur standard hardcover product offering. The book block spine is ground down and glued to the case. To see all the different case styles available, visit our hardcover page.

  • SMYTH SEWN

    Library Binding  •  NASTA Textbooks   •  Professional Reference   •  Religious Books

    More detailsThe signatures of the book are folded and stitched through the fold. The signatures are then sewn and glued together at the spine to form a text block and can open completely flat. One of the most durable binding methods available. 

  • LAY FLAT

    Trade Books  •  Textbooks   •  Professional Reference   •  Religious Books

    More detailsThe book will lay flat on a table without springing closed or requiring you to press down on the pages by not gluing the spine to the case of the book. This can be achieved with PUR and smyth sewn binding options. 

  • FLEX BOUND

    Trade Books  •  Textbooks   •   Professional Reference   •  Religious Books   •   Travel Guides

    More detailsA very thin board or cardstock is used for the case resulting in a more flexible book and cover. It is commonly combined with smyth sewn for a lay flat functionality.

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Saddle Stitched Books

A cost-effective method of binding short books.

Saddle BOUND

Comic books   •   Manuals   •   Catalogues   •   Travel Guides   •    Annual Reports   •   Course Calendars   •    Educational Workbooks


Mechanical Bound Books

 

TWIN LOOP WIRE-O, PLASTICOIL, & CONCEALED WIRE-O (soft and hardcover)

Plasticoil and wire-o can serve a wide variety of needs and styles

Manuals   •   Catalogues   •   Travel Guides   •   Course Calendars   •   Educational Workbooks

Book binding FAQs

What books are right for perfect binding?

Perfect binding is commonly used for a variety of applications including trade books, graphic novels, travel guides, music books, reference materials, catalogues, manuals, financial publications, scholarly titles and journals.

What are my glue options?

Two glues are used in the perfect binding process: standard EVA hot-melt or PUR adhesive. Books that have to stand up to heavier use should be bound with PUR adhesive because of its superior strength, quality and flexibility. PUR is applied as a thin layer that allows the book to lay flatter and creates a more square backbone.

What are my options if I’m looking for additional durability?

Perfect bound books that need to stand up to heavy use should be bound with PUR adhesive because of its superior strength, quality and flexibility. PUR is applied as a thin layer that allows the book to lay flatter and creates a more square backbone. It’s the strongest adhesive on the market, and there is no risk of pages falling out.

What are the advantages of Otabind™ lay-flat binding?

Reduced inside margins mean you can carry photos, illustrations, charts and graphs across gutters. It also offers hands-free functionality, which can be a great advantage for readers following a recipe, playing a piece of music, or doing a craft project. Books with high page counts are more economical to produce with this process, since reduced margins allow for more text per page and therefore fewer pages overall.

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