Layout, Design and Book Binding
We will design your book so that it best presents your text and images on pages that are sized for clarity and visual appeal. We will recommend the choice of paper stock for text and images.
The design of the book cover is referred to in the section on art work and illustrations. It is an important element in the publishing process. Often the author will have ideas about the design and will provide suitable images. Where this is not the case, we will create a design for you. If more specialist design input is required, we can commission external designers to undertake the work. All these additional services will be charged to the client at rates that depend on the nature of the task.
Short run printing generally offers three types of binding:
- Paperback, the least expensive method in which the pages of the book are and glued within a heavyweight card cover. Known as ‘Perfect Binding’, it is strong, durable and the most economical form of binding.
- Hardback cover, the most expensive method and is the traditional form, preferred by some clients. The pages of the book are gathered, blocked, trimmed and perfect bound within strong, rigid boards and a flexible spine. The book block is often rounded to conform to the curvature of the spine. The outer boards are usually covered with a coloured ‘fabric textured’ paper, firmly bonded to the boards. The book title and author’s name are stamped on to the spine, using a metal die and filled in with gold or silver foil. Head and tail bands and one or more page marker ribbons can be attached to the spine. The book is then covered with a loose dust jacket, carrying the cover design.
- Casebound cover, which is a mid-priced format, providing a hardback cover made in as described above, but with the cover design bonded to the hardback boards. There is no requirement for a loose dust jacket.
There are variations in binding methods. The pages of a book are arranged in 8, or 16-page sections (known as ‘signatures’) and these are assembled in the correct order to form the ‘book block’. In almost every case these are most effectively and most economically bound together by the perfect binding process. However, books with very thick spines might need the component signatures to be thread sewn before being bound together as a block. Also books for young children need strong binding and this normally requires thread sewn signatures.
Other binding options include wire stapling (suitable for small booklets) and various forms of spiral wire binding. We can advise on the suitability and cost of all these options.