What Are The Different Kinds of Book Binding Available For Self Publishing?

By: Shawn Nag  |  Posted In: Print News  |  August 3, 2010

Self publishing has become very common in the industry these days. Many authors do not depend on publishers and head straight to the printing agencies for their printing jobs. This however puts the author into a decision making chair where he or she has to decide on each and every technical details from paper quality to book binding. Your book’s cover often decides it’s sales and binding plays a key role in the look of the book.

You as a author need to take the decision of choosing the kind of binding for your book. It is important that you choose the right kind of binding to make your book look attractive in the book stores. You should check for book binding samples with your printing agency before zeroing in on one. Following are the book binding options available to you:

  • Saddle Stitched Binding: In this method of binding loose printed pages are secured with staples down the middle of a folded sheaf of papers. This is the most economical process of binding and ideal when the number of books is less. The cost comes down as everything is done by machine. In this binding method card stock can be used as a cover. This binding is usually used in case when the number of pages in a book is low especially in cases of booklets and catalogs.
  • Soft Cover Perfect Binding: This is used for books which are thicker than ones in saddle stitch. It comes with a which can be used for title of the book. In this the book is divided into multiple sections and these are glued together at the spine with a strong adhesive. This is one of the most commonly used types of binding and half the book in your book shelf will have a soft cover perfect binding.

  • Spiral Binding: Although not as popular as saddle stitching and perfect spiral binding is widely used for books which are meant for short term use. You will have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to the cover from clear plastic cover to art paper. The biggest advantage of spiral binding is the fact that it can have any number of pages.

For your book to have a perfect binding it is important to ensure that you get it printed from a professional printer like PrintPapa. They have the expertise in printing banners, posters, greeting cards, flyers, envelopes etc. They also undertake CD/DVD duplication jobs and other designing services. They have been delivering high quality services to all their clients on time over the years.