Once you have decided that you would like to get a book bound, you need to figure out which book binding technique you want to be used. This will depend in part on the type of book you would like made and the amount of money you would like to spend. Some types of books need a binding that will allow them to lay flat, for example. Paperbacks also tend to be less expensive than hard cover books, though they aren’t as sturdy.
One of the least expensive options for book binding is self cover. This means that the cover is made of the same type of paper as the pages that are inside. This is usually best for things like pamphlets, and usually isn’t used for larger books.
Spiral binding works well for books that you want to be able to lay flat, such as cookbooks. Some types include comb binding, plastic spiral, and wire. These also tend to be relatively inexpensive binding techniques.
For a nicer looking book that can lay flat and have a title on the cover, there is Lay Flat binding, which is similar to perfect binding but a bit more expensive.
Another popular option for paperback books is perfect binding. This is also known as unsewn binding or adhesive binding. This involves adhesive or glue being applied to the cover of the book and the book block of pages is set into the adhesive. The edges on the other three sides are then trimmed to be the same. This is a popular method.
Chicago Screw Binding is commonly used for things like technical manuals. Screw posts with caps are threaded through punched holes to hold the book together. This isn’t a good method for books that get a lot of use though. There is no way to print the title on the spine either.
For hardcover books, case binding is one of the more popular book binding methods. The signatures are sewn together, and then the end pages and cloth are added to the spine. Finally, the hard cover is added. This is a good option for books that are used a lot, such as text books and dictionaries.
Hardcover books that aren’t used as often can be bound using adhesive case binding, where the signatures are glued instead of sewn.
One of the strongest types of book binding is the Smythe Sewing Binding. This is great for books that take a beating or get left open on certain pages. However, this type of binding does not allow for the pages to lay flat.
Whatever bookbinding technique you choose to use, make sure you use the best methods and materials that you can afford. That way, your published work has the best chance possible to stand the ravages of time, and be read by future generations.