Reinforced Ends Binding
Often used in library binding or for books that are expected to undergo heavy use (school books, textbooks, manuals), reinforced ends binding is a technique designed to enhance the durability and longevity of a book. This type of binding reinforces the areas of the book that experience the most wear, particularly the endpapers and the points where the book block (the body of the book consisting of all the pages) attaches to the cover. This type of binding is especially good for hardcover books that are often submitted to heavy use.
Finally, this method significantly increases the lifespan of a book by preventing the most common types of damage that occur with regular use, such as torn endpapers or detached covers.
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As a trade printing expert, we take each binding process very seriously, so that your clients’ demands go beyond their expectations. Here’s an general overview of the reinforced ends binding production process:
- Preparing the book block: As with any binding process, the first step is to prepare the book block. This involves collating the pages or signatures (groups of pages), and then sewing them together. The edges of the book block may be trimmed to ensure they are even.
- Reinforcing the endpapers: Reinforced ends binding specifically strengthens the endpapers – the pages at the very beginning and end of the book block that are glued to the cover. These are often made of a heavier, more durable paper than the rest of the text. In reinforced ends binding, an additional layer of cloth or other strong material is added to these endpapers. This reinforcement extends a short way onto the book block and the cover, providing extra strength at these critical points.
- Attaching the book block to the cover: The book block is then attached to the cover, which is typically made of a sturdy material like buckram (a type of cloth), often coated to resist water and wear. The reinforced endpapers are glued to the cover, and the additional material helps to secure the attachment, reducing the likelihood of the pages becoming detached with heavy use.
- Additional reinforcements: In some cases, other reinforcements may be added, such as sewing through the hinges or adding extra layers of cloth or paper at points of wear.
- Finishing touches: The book may receive additional treatments common in library binding, such as labeling on the spine with the title, author, and other relevant information. The book might also be treated with protective coatings or edge treatments.
- Quality check and drying: As with any binding process, the book is inspected for quality, and then it is left to dry under pressure to ensure a strong, even bond and a flat finish.
- High quality printing
- Low startup quantity (minimum 500)
- Available on 100% recycled paper
- Available with Glossy and matt finish
- Available in custom sizes