Round Back Binding

Round Back Binding

In bookbinding, a round back is a specific style of shaping the spine of a book. Unlike a flat spine, a round back spine is curved outward. This is a traditional technique used in hardcover bookbinding, and it serves both aesthetic and functional purposes. Round back binding tends to be more common in hardcover books. In summary, a round back in bookbinding is a traditional technique that enhances the durability, functionality, and aesthetic appeal of a book. It’s a hallmark of quality craftsmanship, especially appreciated in high-quality editions, collectible books, and in the realm of fine bookbinding.

Get the best finishing touch for your print project with round back binding!

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 round back binding production process:

  • Sewing and gluing: After the signatures (grouped pages) are sewn together, glue is applied to the spine.
  • Rounding: While the glue is still flexible, the spine is shaped into a convex curve. This is typically done by placing the text block (the body of the book) between special tools called rounding hammers or in a rounding press, and then manually manipulating the spine into the desired curved shape.
  • Backing: Following the rounding, the book undergoes a process called "backing." Here, the spine is further shaped, and the edges of the spine are bent or folded over slightly. This creates "shoulders" on the spine, which correspond to the inner edges of the cover.
  • High quality printing
  • Low startup quantity (minimum 500)
  • Available on 100% recycled paper
  • Available with Glossy and matt finish
  • Available in custom sizes

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