Monthly, annual, sectoral, humor, women, children or culture… Even though they are in many categories, magazines have one thing in common: they offer the opportunity to archive. You can collect each series of a magazine or you can keep the magazines that reflect your company’s corporate identity. However, if the archiving feature of journals is supported by a good print, it will be more valuable and can be stored for many years.
SOFT COVER BOOKS
A softcover book refers to a book that has its pages bound within a pliable paper cover (like a paperback novel, corporate annual report, or magazine). The paper used for the cover of a softcover book may be thicker than the interior pages (for extra durability) or the cover may be the same thickness as the interior pages (for cost savings). The main advantages of printing a book with a softcover binding method include the relatively low cost, quicker turnaround time, and widespread availability.
HARD COVER BOOKS
Hardcover books are all about showcasing quality. With a sleek, sturdy look and prominent sizing, they instantly pique curiosity and stand out on the bookshelf. Hardcover books are also designed for durability, making them a valuable addition to any reader’s collection. Hardcover books start with the case binding, which arranges and glues your page contents together into a text block. That text block then adheres to book covers typically made of cardboard topped with paper, cloth, or another protective fabric. Most hardcover books are also printed on acid-free paper, preserving the quality of your work throughout the years.
PADDED COVER BOOKS
To give your book some extra heft, we can build a cover that incorporates a thin layer of foam padding between layers of soft cardstock. This gives a plusher, heavier feel and protects the cover from minor dings and dents – making it a great option for children’s books, letting them withstand even the toughest of playdates. Not only is this option is perfect for giving a softer feel to children’s books, but padded covers can also be used for adding protection to cookbooks, photo books, or any other type of project that will see heavy use.
Also known as wiro, coil, or ring binding. This method uses coated metal wires to bind documents together. It’s useful where your book needs to lie flat or fold back on itself. The cover can be a card or thicker board.
A board book is a type of children’s book printed on thick paperboard. The paperboard is printed and used for both the cover and the interior pages. Each page panel is a minimum of two plies of paperboard thickness. Unlike a typical paper book that is bound with saddle stitching or perfect binding, a board book’s pages are specially folded and bound together.
Board books are very durable, and consequently are intended for small children, who often tend to be less gentle with books.
THREAD SEWN BINDING
Sewn binding or thread sewn binding is perfect to give a traditional finish to a printed document. One simple line of sewing holds the collated pages together so the finished book is secure, stylish and opens flat.
Sewn binding on books, is ideal when an extra level of security is required such as a savings book or log book. It also offers a unique finish for a special project.
SADDLE STITCH BINDING
If you look at any magazine, comic book, or brochure, you’re probably looking at an example of saddle stitch binding. It is one of the most popular bookbinding methods available today. In saddle stitching, folded sheets of paper are nested one within another and attached by staples through the fold. These stacks are placed over a holding apparatus, with each side hanging over like legs on a saddle. Then, long wire staples are threaded, or “stitched” through the paper, giving the method its peculiar name. While two staples are the standard for saddle-stitched booklets, larger paper sizes can necessitate more along the spine.
PUR Binding is an extra strong and cost-effective way of binding using polyurethane reactive (PUR) adhesives. PUR Binding is suitable for heavier papers and high-use and long-life items. It also allows the ability for the bound book to lay flat without compromising the binding strength. The glue is super-strong and isn’t affected by printing inks, varnishes, or coatings. The polar nature of polyurethane molecule allows it to adhere to UV-cured coatings, films, as well as to traditional uncoated and coated papers. Due to PUR Binding using small amounts of adhesive it also means that you can achieve a square spine on even the thinnest of books. Durable and flexible, once the glue has set, it is almost impossible to tear a page out of a PUR-bound book.
Perfect Binding is a widely used soft cover bookbinding method. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible thermal glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed to give them clean “perfect” edges. The primary benefits of perfect bound books are that they look professional and offer visual appeal, are less expensive to produce than hardcover books, and they stack well. Also, the square spinal edge formed by the perfect binding method allows for the book’s title or other information to be printed on the spine…something the saddle stitch and spiral binding methods do not offer.