Square Back Binding

Square Back Binding

In book bindery, a square back is a type of binding where the book spine is flat and square, rather than rounded or having any other kind of curvature. This style is typical for many types of softcover books, such as trade paperbacks, and can also be found in some types of hardcover books.

Square back binding is generally more straightforward and cost-effective than rounded spine binding, making it a popular choice for many types of books. It’s a practical, durable form of binding that works well for a wide range of reading materials.

It provides a clean, professional look suitable for a wide range of books, from novels and non-fiction works to manuals and textbooks. The flat spine also allows for easy stacking and display, and it can comfortably accommodate the title and author’s name for identification on bookshelves.

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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 square back binding production process:

  • Sewing or gluing the signatures: The collated pages are often organized into small groups called signatures. These signatures can be sewn together, but in square back binding, they are more commonly glued. For paperback books and some types of hardcover books, a method called perfect binding is often used. In perfect binding, the edges of the signatures are roughened and flattened to allow the glue to adhere more effectively.
  • Applying the cover: In the case of softcover books, a cover is then glued to the spine and the gathered pages. For hardcover books, the process involves attaching a sturdier cover, which might be made of cardboard or another rigid material, and then covering it with cloth, paper, or another material.
  • Trimming and finishing: Once the glue has dried and the cover is securely attached, the book is trimmed to its finished size. The top, bottom, and outer edges of the book are trimmed to ensure they are even and neat.
  • Creating the square back: The key feature of square back binding is the flat, square spine. This is achieved during the trimming process, where the spine is cut and finished to be perfectly flat and square. This differs from other binding methods where the spine might be rounded.
  • 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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