I wanted to look into possible binding methods for my hangover cures book. I didn't want to produce a stapled booklet, I wanted to produce a publication true to format and style of other cookbooks and recipe books.
Below are research methods which I am looking into:
This method of binding leaves your book with or without a spine depending on how the book is covered. It can be finished with either stitching or double sided tape depending on the aesthetic of the book.
The pages open totally flat, and page spreads are to be printed one sided as designed on indesign.
If using double sided tape, the pages are stuck back to back, with the right hand-side of the first page, to the left hand-side of the second and so on and so forth until completed. If neatly done no binding marks will be left, and the spine and covers can be added to both the front and back, or printed on a larger piece of paper than the book and totally covered so the spine is not seen. A fast, easy and professional finish to any hand bound publication.
If using stitching the method shown below can be used:
- Perfect binding is often used, and gives a result similar to paperback books. Paperback or soft cover books are also normally bound using perfect binding. They usually consist of various sections with a cover made from heavier paper, glued together at the spine with a strong glue. The sections are milled in the back and notches are applied into the spine to allow hot glue to penetrate into the spine of the book. The other three sides are then face trimmed. This is what allows the magazine or paperback book to be opened. Mass market paperbacks (pulp paperbacks) are small (16mo size), cheaply made with each sheet fully cut and glued at the spine; these are likely to fall apart or lose sheets after much handling or several years.Trade paperbacks are more sturdily made, with traditional gatherings or sections of bifolios, usually larger, and more expensive. The difference between the two can usually easily be seen by looking for the sections in the top or bottom sides of the book.
- Thermal binding uses a one piece cover with glue down the spine to quickly and easily bind documents without the need for punching. Individuals usually purchase "thermal covers" or "therm-a-bind covers" which are usually made to fit a standard size sheet of paper and come with a glue channel down the spine. The paper is placed in the cover, heated in a machine (basically a griddle), and when the glue cools, it adheres the paper to the spine. Thermal glue strips can also be purchased separately for individuals that wish to use customized/original covers. However, creating documents using thermal binding glue strips can be a tedious process which requires a scoring device and a large format printer.
- A cardboard article looks like a hardbound book at first sight, but it is really a paperback with hard covers. Many books that are sold as hardcover are actually of this type. The Modern Library series is an example. This type of document is usually bound with thermal adhesive glue using a perfect binding machine.