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 (or sometimes string) that helped to bind and strengthen the book. Nowadays, Hubs on the spine are a purely stylistic, cosmetic choice. Modern day Hubs do not help strengthen the binding … they’re purely for the aesthetics.
- Elongated ridges or ribs on a book spine
- Rounded & Smooth
- We can add Hubs to books of almost any thickness or height!
- Hubs add a distinctive quality to books
- Hubs increases the perceived value of a book by making it appear more classic
Factors to Consider
- If you want Hubs on the spine of you casebound book, the material of the casebound cover wrap cannot be litho printed paper. We must supply the cover wrap, which is a lighter cloth or manmade material