Book binding methods

4 Widely Used Book Binding Methods

When choosing book binding methods for your publications, there are several factors that determine which method is the most suitable. Whether you’re binding books, magazines, diaries, calendars, thesis documents, or annual reports there is a suitable book binding method for each product.

Here’s a list of the most common book binding methods. We’ll explain how they are bound and list some benefits to help you decide which is the right binding method for your book.


1. Perfect Binding

Book binding methods – perfect binding

This is a very popular book binding method where the internal pages are stacked, glued with PUR adhesive at the spine and trimmed to make a ‘perfect’ flush finish. Many soft cover novels in a bookstore are perfect bound because it’s the most cost-effective way to bind a book with a high page count.

Benefits of perfect binding:

  • Professional look and feel
  • Includes a spine which you can print onto – this will help your publication stand out on a bookshelf
  • Suitable for publications with high page count
  • Less expensive than hard cover books

Common products which are perfect bound:

  • Annual reports
  • Soft cover books and novels
  • Magazines with a high page count
  • Premium product catalogues

2. Saddle Stitch Binding

Book binding methods – saddle stitch

This is a very popular book binding option where the pages are folded and nested together and stapled along the spine. This binding method is called saddle stitching because the pages are draped and stapled on a binding machine shaped like a saddle. This method is also known as saddle staple binding.

Benefits of saddle stitch binding:

  • Cost-effective to produce
  • Lays flat when opened
  • Suitable for publications with lower page count
  • Faster to produce than perfect bound books (no waiting for glue to dry)

Common products which are saddle stitch bound:

  • Magazines
  • Company newsletters
  • Reports and statements
  • Multi-page forms
  • Brochures
  • Comic books
  • Product catalogs
  • Newsletters
  • Manuals

3. Wire Binding

Book binding methods – wire binding

Also known as Wire-o binding, this is a method great for a cost-effective smart looking document. The pages are round or square hole punched along the binding edge and the wire is clamped into the holes to form a rounded spine.

Benefits of wire binding:

  • Cost-effective to produce
  • Lays flat when opened
  • Book can open full circle ie. cover to back
  • You can choose from different coloured wire binding
  • Works well with folder tabs

Common products which are wire bound:

  • Notebooks
  • Diary
  • Calendars
  • Pads
  • Manuals

4. Hardcover / Case Binding

Book binding methods – hard cover case binding

This book binding method is great for high-value, professional books. The robust and durable cover will give your books extra shelf life. The printed cover sheet is glued onto a heavy duty board to create the cover. The pages are printed in a signature format and sewn together resulting in a binding that can be opened wide and flat.

Benefits of hard cover case binding:

  • Premium professional finish
  • Robust protective cover will endure wear and tear – built to last
  • Can print embellishments onto cover such as gold and silver foil, embossing, spot UV.

Common products which are hard cover case bound:

  • Photobooks
  • Reference books
  • Novels
  • Historical books
  • Diaries
  • Work books
  • Cook books

Contact us today to talk about your next book binding job, or request a quote – whether you’re looking to print one or 10,000 books, we can help you find the best solution.