What Are the Top Book Binding Options?

Whether you’re an esteemed company publishing a nonfiction book, or a freelance writer that’s self-publishing their fiction novel, book binding is one of the most exciting parts of the writing process.

However, it can also be quite challenging. There are so many options to choose from—many of which require you to think about how the book will sell in the long run.

Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on perspective), there are dozens of book binding options. We’ve selected the most popular book binding options and compiled them into a list for your benefit.

Keep reading to learn about these options, including some pros and cons of each.

Case Binding

Case binding (also known as hardcover binding) is considered one of the most esteemed ways of bookbinding by many writers and companies alike—and for good reasons at that.

Using the case binding method yields an elegant and durable book that’ll catch the eye of buyers and help it stay on their shelves for many years. Case binding is also extremely versatile. You’ve probably seen all types of books that used case binding, ranging from novels to college textbooks.

One drawback is that price for casing can get rather high. But for best selling purposes, this should definitely be a consideration.

Perfect Binding

Have you ever wondered what gave a paperback book such a sleek and geometric design? Chances are that book was made using perfect binding.

As the name suggests, this binding method aims to make books perfectly symmetrical. Pages are layered together, sewn, and then glued onto the cover. Most paperbacks and softcover books use this format.

It’s cheap and inexpensive, but these books have a higher risk of getting damaged. It’s a small trade-off for the price of the binding, though!

Saddle Stitch Binding

The most simple and effective way of binding books, saddle stitching involves simply layering the pages and stapling them together. That’s it!

Super quick and easy—perfect for small works of art such as comic books or activity books. Just be warned, they can tear and fall apart without proper care.

Spiral Binding

Spirals are most commonly seen in education and technical manuals, since they’re both cheap and easy to make. They’re not the most durable, but don’t let that fool you. Spiral books are still built to last.

Spiral binding is also highly customizable, as you can alter the shape and color of the spirals you choose!

Section Sewn Binding

Out of all the book binding types here, section sewn is definitely the most secure option. This method is used mostly for larger novels, encyclopedias, comprehensive manuals, and even some religious texts.

Pages are separated into different sections and sewn together. After that, all sections are glued to the spine in unison for maximum sturdiness.

This process can take a while, but in some cases, it’s cheaper than something like case binding. These books are built to last. They’ll even lay flat regardless of how big the book is!

More Book Binding Options

These only scratch the surface of the dozens of book binding options available to writers and companies alike. However, a good chunk of the remaining options are niche and not as popular (or efficient).

If you’re interested in learning more about the other options, we invite you to visit our services section. We offer a multitude of different binding options—and we can even help you self-publish!

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