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What Do You Know About Perfect Binding?

One of the most widely used cover book binding method is Perfect Binding. It is that genre of binding method in which the pages and covers are glued together at the spine and it is done so in a strong but flexible thermal glue. After this gluing, the other three sides of the book are trimmed as needed and this is to give clean and perfect edges.

On the shelves of myriads of bookstores there are many soft cover books and those books should be considered as good examples of perfect bound books. The square, printed spine and the paper back cover or the cover made of cardstock (which is heavier than the interior pages) are the usual hallmarks of perfect bound books. It must be noted that usually the cover is clear coated not only to provide an improved appearance but also to enhance durability of the book.

Perfect binding gives a professional look and it’s low cost and that’s some reasons why authors, businesses, and different types of organizations use the perfect binding method in a variety of their printing projects. For annual and corporate reports, perfect binding method is used quite widely and it is also a suitable method for making manuals and catalogues. For thicker product brochures and in printing magazines too, the perfect binding method is usually used.

There are myriads of advantages and benefits of applying the perfect binding method. The first and foremost benefit of perfect binding is that the method makes the books look more professional and this attributes the books with a visual appeal. Moreover, perfect bound books are less expensive that hardcover books as their production method is less costly than that of the hardcover method. Perfect binding books also stack well. The perfect binding method helps in forming a square spinal edge this allows for the book’s title or other related information to be printed on the spine and such is offered neither by stitch nor by spiral binding methods. For on demand printing and in the short runs, the perfect binding method is more suitable and fitted. For cost-conscious businesses and for authors, such usability makes a great appeal.

The perfect binding method (a favorite of owl and lion gallery) follows a particular process of binding. The printer first stacks the interior pages together and such stacking forms a crisp block. The spinal edge of the block is then roughed up either with blades or with abrasives and this exposes more paper fibres and this in turn increases the bounding area for the glue. The roughed up edge of the interior page block are then introduced to glue. And this glue is actually the hotter one. After this process is over, the cover of the book is wrapped around the block of pages and this block adheres to the glue all along the spine. The next step in this binding method is to wrap the cover of the book around the block of pages along the spine. The three open edges of the book are trimmed after the glue cures and this is usually needed to give the book nice clean edges. Perfect binding is thermally activated binding and it is often used to give a result similar to paperback books. It is to be noted that paperback or soft-cover books are usually bound through the usage of the perfect binding method and in this method a strong glue plays a crucial role. A heavier paper makes the cover in the perfect binding process and the binding process involves the formation of various sections. The sections are glued together at the spine and that also with a strong glue.