Books have taped spines for one of two reasons. One reason taped spines are used is to further strengthen the binding of the book. Taped books will function longer and will also look better longer. The second and maybe the most frequent reason is aesthetics/appearance. The tape makes the book look more distinctive, unusual and stronger. The tape comes in 10 different widths, shiny/dull/matte or clothe texture finish. Lots of options to choose from. Book binding styles that can be taped are (1) perfect bound, (2) saddle stitched. (3) flat stitched, (4) padded. For something out of the ordinary, relatively cost effective, and more durable, think……….taping.