Best Bookbinding Options for Published Books

March 8, 2019

Best Bookbinding Options for Published Books

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Depending on the kind of published book you are printing and binding, you may want to choose between these 4 premier book bind methods.


For self-published books it may be easiest to go with a punch-and-bind method, such as gbc plastic comb, plastic spiral coils, or twin loop wires. The machines for this binding method are less expensive than many traditional publishing methods we will talk about below. They are great for individuals who are self-publishing and selling their books at art walks or author fairs. They are also great for cookbook binding, journal making, planners, and more.

Perfect Binding

Perfect binding is a more traditional way to bind published books. It is the official name of a soft cover of paperback bound book that is made by applying glue into a wrap-around cover and attaching a book block. Sometimes perfect binding is combined with sewing, but mostly the glue is strong enough on its own. You use a perfect binding machine paired with perfect binding supplies/glue that crimps your cover and binds in your pages to your own cover.

Case Binding

Case binding is the hard-cover book binding method for published novels. The hard cover is what is called the case, and the book block pages are bound into the cover with a strong book binding glue. Sometimes sections of pages will be folded and sewn together before binding, but they can also be directly glues into the cover. Case binding machines will 'nip' the binding edge and give it texture for a strong glue adhesion and bind. The covers are usually made of a chipboard that is wrapped with whatever custom printed cover you desire. Case binding machines will usually perform both functions (making the cover and binding in the pages) in one or two models.

Saddle Stitching

Saddle stitching is where a staple is placed into the crease of a stack of folded pages. Also called spine stapling, this is an affordable way to bind smaller published books like magazines, comics, and catalogs. You can accomplish this with three different kinds of machines: saddle stitcher for higher volumes, booklet maker to fold and staple small stacks, or saddle stapler.

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