Book in a Box

This project required creative input, a very fast turnaround and tremendous attention to detail. The image below shows a fabric casewrapped, casebound book that is housed inside the box. The next image shows a long black satin ribbon, which is positioned under the book. The client requested that the book fit tightly inside the box. How can the user get…

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Side Sewing

About a year ago, I did a blog posting on Side Sewing. I’m repeating the topic but not the details! For the past year, we have (as we always do) responded to market demands and we have added 5 new improvements and, in addition, solved a problem! The image below is a Side Sewn book that is 1) thicker than…

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Exposed Smythe

What are Exposed Smythe Sewn Books? This style of binding has no cover on the spine. One the spine, all you see is folded sections, thread and glue. The image below is the first we ever bound in this style for a major Toronto printer. Since then, we have done several. I’ve said before that I’m not smart enough to…

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Edge Cut Books

What are Edge Cut Books? Simply, they are the open edges of a bound book (can be perfect-bound, saddle stitched or case bound styles) that are die-cut or “roughed” or roughly “SAWN” or roughly “slit”. The first two pictures are of a book that was PMC die-cut on all three sides. The next image shows the same PMC style die-cut…

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Ribbon Bookmarks

What do Ribbons have to do with books? In our shop, we see a lot of Ribbons; they’re used as bookmarks. As you can see from the following three images, Ribbon Bookmarks have widths ranging from 1/4” to 3/4” wide and come in thousands of textures, colours and patterns. Ribbon Bookmark ends can be angle cut as the image below…

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Remoistenable Glue

What is Remoistenable Glue? Traditionally, it is the glue that you lick (or remoisten) on an envelope flap. The vast majority of Remoistenable Glue applications are done by envelope manufacturers and by printers for multi-coloured pieces that are printed on a full web press. The type of glue used in these applications is a cold glue Remoistenable Glue that is…

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Exposed Board Covers

What are Exposed Board Covers on casebound books? They are covers on a casebound/hard back book that are not wrapped with cloth, leather or lithowrap but are left exposed as plain board. These books are the same as regular case bound/hard back books in that they are Smythe sewn, have end-papers and possible extras like headbands, ribbon book marks, gilded…

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Hubbed Spine

What are Hubs (Hubbed Spine) in the context of book binding context? Hubs are raised, horizontal bands/ribs/ridges on the outside spine (binding edge) of a case bound book. This is another binding process that can only be fully explained by showing you pictures! In past centuries, up until maybe the 1850s, the Hub on a book’s spine was a thread…

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Book Staining

What is Book Staining? It’s simply the application of stain or paint to the trimmed edges of bound books. We apply the paint using sponges, brushes or spray, depending on various factors like the type of stock used. In perfecting the Book Staining process, we overcame several difficulties by doing extensive experimentation and testing. We are experts on knowing what…

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Endpapers

What are endpapers? An endpaper, traditionally, is the white paper inside the front and back covers of all hardback books. I said “traditionally” because today, designers can choose from almost any colour of stock for endpapers, the most common being red, blue, green, etc. Endpapers also used to be only uncoated stock. Now, we’re seeing coated and even shiny endpapers,…

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