Easy Bookbinding Techniques

Updated April 17, 2017

With the printing of online documents becoming more common, bookbinding provides an artful way to create a personalised book or to protect a printed e-book or report. Bookbinding ensures documents stand the test of time to pass down to future generations.

Saddle Stitch

Saddle stitch binding that includes a self cover, or a cover made of the same paper as the inside pages, is one of the most inexpensive and easy bookbinding techniques. To create a saddle stitch binding, you nest folded pieces of paper inside each other and staple or sew down the middle of the crease. While this technique is not recommended for larger books, it works well for pamphlets and brochures. It's simple to do and ideal for businesses or organisations trying to economise.

Spiral Binding

Spiral binding is ideal for books that need to lay flat. Spiral binding usually uses either a plastic or wire comb binding or a wire spiral. The comb has round plastic or wire spines with either 19 or 21 rings, and a hole punch that creates rectangular holes in the pages. To bind the pages of the book, simply punch holes in the paper and cover with the specialised hole punch, then thread the spiral binding through the holes. For a regular wire spiral, you can punch normal holes in the cover and pages and thread the wire spiral through the holes.

Perfect Binding

The perfect binding technique is one of the most popular techniques in bookbinding for paperback books. Other names for this technique include unsewn binding and adhesive binding. This technique requires application of adhesive to the cover of the book, then setting the block of pages into the adhesive. The edges on the three open sides of the book are trimmed evenly so the cover is even on all sides.

Case Binding

Case binding is one of the most popular easy bookbinding techniques for hardcover books; a good option for heavily used volumes such as textbooks. The case binding method can be used with an adhesive or by sewing. To create a casebound book, all of the inside pages are put together in small sections then either sewn with bookbinding thread or linen tape and a bookbinding needle. A bookbinding adhesive can be used in place of sewing if desired. Once the inside pages are bound, a case is made with book cloth, paper and a Davey board (extra heavy-duty paper) or something similar, this cover protects the book. The bound pages are glued at the spine to the cover to finish the book.

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Earl Smith has been writing since 1996. His articles have appeared in "Focus" and "On the Scene" magazines and the "Rio Rancho News." He is an Air Force veteran and has a B.A. in business administration from Illinois State University.