There are many scenarios in which a business may seek out bookbinding services. Having a firm grasp on the key terms is the first step in the search for bookbinding services that fulfill your business needs. Whether producing an inter-company manual, a customer product catalog or your business's book publication, knowing the key terms will help you determine the best bookbinding options, depending on price, volume and quality desired.
Hard binding, or creating hardbound books, is the most durable, permanent and finest quality solution for binding books, especially of novel length, and the finished product will be a beautiful hard-cover, professional-looking book.
Creating a soft-cover book, or soft binding, is a fast and inexpensive way to bind books with paper covers. It does not require glue or permanent damage of the pages of the document and is perfect for documents of less than 100 pages.
A bookbinding machine is a small desktop machine that binds books using one of several processes. They range from small, inexpensive, basic models to heavy-duty, high-tech machines for large projects.
Spiral bookbinding uses a spiral coil made of metal or plastic to hold the pages together notebook-style. It is inexpensive, yet durable and lasts a very long time, and can work with many pages or only a few and is ideal for projects like cookbooks or instruction manuals.
Thermal bookbinding is used most commonly for paperbacks, as it uses a one-piece cover with glue down the spine to secure the pages to the cover using heat, creating an inexpensive yet professional-looking bound publication.
Tape bookbinding is an inexpensive technique for binding publications, usually with fewer pages, by wrapping tape around the edge of a document then stitching or gluing the tape.