When binding a book, the preferred method by most professionals is referred to as perfect binding. Perfect binding doesn’t refer to the quality of the binding, but the process itself. Perfect binding is the process typically used for paperback books and magazines; in this method, the inner pages of the book are bound to the spine with an adhesive of some sort and, once dry, the edges facing outward are trimmed to give straight edges and help achieve a clean-looking finish.
Perfect binding is an inexpensive and straightforward method to give the book a professional appearance. The process’ inexpensive and simple nature has led it to become the go-to method for paperback binding for most professionals.
Not all books can use the Perfect binding technique. Most books which use Perfect binding are anywhere from forty to two-hundred pages. They’re A6, A5, A4 portrait size and use specific types of stocks on the inner and outer pages.
Perfect binding cannot be done on smaller books, such as magazines which are thirty pages and fewer, and it cannot be done on hardcover books, as these usually require sowing, not adhesives, to bind the pages. Perfect binding takes a relatively short time to complete and is one of the most affordable bindings for those on a budget.
A book which does not meet the requirements for perfect binding can be bound in a number of other ways. For example, Saddle stitching is used in magazines and other books which will not have to be used for a long period of time. In this method, a wire staple is stitched through the spine of the book. The process is best used for very thin books, as the binding can be flimsy.
There are many types of binding you can choose depending on your schedule and budget. Perfect binding is the most popular choice for its price and durability, but the choice of binding is varied and yours to make depending on your needs.