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.
WIRE O / SPIRAL BOOKS
Spiral bound books are popular for their low cost, amazing durability and professional presentation. Sheets print out on high-speed digital printers. The covers and inside pages (or “guts”) are then punched for binding, and the bindery team inserts the spirals.
We offer many options for paper and cover stocks as well as colored spirals, matching vinyl backings, poly covers and pocket covers to fit any custom book printing needs.
Board book printing is a specialized manufacturing process. Board books are produced in many shapes and sizes. Shapes are created using a die-cutting machine, which can have your book stand out from the standard board book. You can design different shapes, you can die-cut a board book to look like a kangaroo, a bear, a leaf, or just about anything!
Bookbinding is typically done using a stitch binding technology (also known as paperback binding) and is ideal for those requiring a prestigious final project complete with high-quality materials. Bookbinding using stitch binding technique may be fully personalized including paper size, weight.
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 refers to a softcover bookbinding method that makes use of Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) adhesive. PUR Binding is a form of perfect binding, where the pages and cover are glued together at the spine and the other three sides of the book are trimmed as needed to give them clean “perfect” edges. Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) is the most durable bookbinding glue available. It is far superior to Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) or any other adhesives used in traditional perfect binding.
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.