What is Perfect Binding?
Updated: Jul 26
Perfect binding is a popular bookbinding method used to create professional-looking paperback books, magazines, catalogs, and other types of publications. It is a cost-effective and versatile method of binding that creates a sturdy and durable binding that can hold together a large number of pages.
How Perfect Binding Works
Perfect binding involves gluing the pages of a book together along the spine using a strong adhesive. This creates a flexible, square spine that allows the book to lay flat when opened. The pages are cut to a specific size and then stacked together and held in place with a clamp.
The spine of the book is then roughed up to create a surface that the glue can adhere to. A layer of glue is applied to the spine and the cover of the book is then wrapped around the glued spine. The cover is usually made of a thicker, more durable material than the pages of the book.
Once the cover is in place, the book is trimmed on the three sides to create a clean, professional look. The final product is a book with a square spine and a cover that can be printed with text or images.
Advantages of Perfect Binding
Perfect binding is a popular bookbinding method for several reasons.
It is relatively easy and inexpensive to produce.
Perfect binding creates a binding that is sturdy and durable. A perfect bound book is meant to last a few years.
Disadvantages of Perfect Binding
While Perfect binding is a popular and versatile method of bookbinding, it does have some disadvantages.
It is not suitable for binding very thin publications or publications with fewer than about 40 pages. This is because the glue used in perfect binding needs a certain amount of bulk to adhere to and hold the pages together.
The cost of perfect binding is higher than saddle stitching.
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