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Understanding Book Binding

We offer three types of book binding.

Perfect binding (Softcover)

Our perfect bound photo books are constructed on a computer-controlled adhesive binding machine, which produces high-quality adhesive bindings. Our perfect bound process rivals the strength and flexibility of sewn books. Covers are laminated and pages are hot-glued to the cover, which is ideal for all of our on-demand products. Production time is 4 business days.

Case binding (Hardcover)

Our imagewrap photo books are constructed using the highest quality pre-cut imagewrap boards and also are bound on a computer-controlled adhesive binding machine. The casebound binding service offers a spine lining sheet which is applied inside the front and back cover and secures the fold over of the cover sheet. Covers are laminated and pages are hot-glued to the cover, which again is ideal for all of our on-demand products. Production time is 10 business days.
  • Express binding Our express binding service is available for hardcover books. This service offers creators a reasonably priced, durable and attractive binding option that is easy and fast. Covers are laminated and pages are hot-glued to the cover for a durable spine. End leafs are black. The case wrap cover is designed to hold between 20 and 126 pages. Production time is 7 business days . Here is a picture of quick binding.
  • Premium binding. Our Premium binding service is also available for hardcover books. This service takes the express binding service to the next level. The end leafs are black. The case wrap cover offers a variable spine width so your page count will determine the size case wrap used to bind your book. This results in a more professional look to your books, and an upper page count of 160 pages. Production time is 7 business days . Here is a picture of premium binding.

The Express Bound hardcover is professional and similar to Premium binding with two differences - the binding on Premium has a slightly tighter spine, but the main difference is the print quality which is the difference between a Xerox (toner based) and Indigo (ink based) print process.

Wire-O

The wire-o binding service is used for 11x8.5 calendars, the 12.5x10 hardcover, and the 14x11 portfolio products. It is a strong square wire spine that does not spiral out of the pages with use. This durable binding option allows your book to lay flat on a table to display your work. Production time is 4 business days.

Saddle-Stitch

The saddle-stitch binding option is used for our softcover books of less than 20 pages. The binding is stapled because there are too few pages to actually bind with the glue process. This is a durable binding option because the spine is stapled with industrial quality staples. Covers are not laminated. Production time is 4 business days.

NOTE: each side of a piece of paper is a page (just like a novel) (:smile:)


We hope you find this information useful. We are growing and will update the information as more options are added.