What are the four types of binding?

These are 4 binding types you should know before printing books with One Heart Print.

1. Hardcover Binding

Hardcover books are more durable than other options, making many book lovers favor them. Officially referred to as case binding. During book making process, the pages are first arranged in accordance with their signatures before being stitched together in that specific order. A variety of materials, including leather, cloth, and vinyl, can be used to create the cover. The glue-coated endpapers that serve as the main book’s binding are used to secure these covers.

The best and most prestigious method of binding a book is hard cover binding or also known as case binding.


Highly durable

Variety of cover materials

Impressive aesthetics


Usually heavyweight


2. Perfect Binding

Softcover books are typically bound in this manner. This binding is done in a very straightforward manner. All you need to do is attach the pages at the spine of your cover after applying thermal glue there. The end of the cover or any pages with open sides must then be trimmed to prevent an uneven edge from encircling the book. This type of binding is known as “perfect binding” due to the requirement that the edges be flawless. Even though the fringes in these books appear flawless, the cover is typically very soft. As a result, unless the book is stored properly, you cannot count on it to last for a long time.

Therefore, laminating the book is a good idea to increase its durability. There are many in-house laminations available from One Heart Print. The binding, however, forbids doing so if you intend to read with the book lying flat in front of you. To comfortably read it, you must either hold it in your hand or use paperweights on both pages.


Perfect trimmed edges

Beautiful presentation



Low durability (try Section Sewing if durability is a concern)


3. Saddle Stitch Binding

These are significantly thinner than the first two binding types we talked about. This is so that you can’t make it any thicker than what your staples will support. As a result, the number of pages are limited in accordance with the capacity of the staple. The pages are essentially bound together using threads or staples in saddle stitch. As a result, the books can be made faster and be available at very affordable price points.


Simple to make

Very affordable

Ideal for booklets


Poor quality compared to other methods (we can PUR bind short runs from 1.9mm)

Limited thickness

Prone to tearing up


4. Thread-Sewn Binding

The fairly self-explanatory bookbinding type depends on dividing all the pages into numerous pieces or signatures. They are first separately stitched together. To keep the right order, they are then stitched into the piece that comes after them. It consequently creates a solid bond that lasts the duration of the book. A sturdy cover is affixed, and glue is added to the spine to increase their strength. Thread-sewn binding is a very dependable solution for those massive and weighty documents that need to last for years because of this entire method. A book like that can also be read comfortably because it is flat on the surface.


Can hold a high number of pages

Highly durable

Comfortable reading


More expensive than Perfect binding, but will last much longer


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