Binding items such as books, brochures, magazines and reports can be done in a variety of ways, this very much depends on number of pages, budget and design. Our image gives a view of the types of binding available and below are some short descriptions of some of the more common binding techniques.

Saddle Stitched

Saddle stitching is the simplest binding method available where pages are folded, collated and then stitched (stapled) before being trimmed on the guillotine. This is often used for brochures, magazines, leaflets, booklets and much more.

Perfect binding

Perfect Binding is the technique where either multiple folded sections or individual sheets are collated and then glued into a cover.  This gives a square edge to the spine, once the book or brochure has been bound the three edges will be trimmed.

Lay-Flat Binding

Lay flat bound books use one continuous sheet for each spread, they are folded down the centre and the whole sheet is glued to the next spread (front to back). This is then repeated with the front cover which means that the spine is not glued. This is great for photographic and art books and brochures where photography spans the spread.

Case Binding

Case binding is commonly used for hardcover books.  This is the most expensive method, however it does offer durability. Stacked, folded and sewn sections are collated into a block which is then trimmed on three sides and glued into a spine. The spine, front and back cover are all one piece made from binders board. The first and last sheet of the internal pages are then glued to the inside front and inside back page. This binding option offers a premium, durable finish perfect for books and brochures.

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