Hardcover books are treasures to be handed down from generation to generation.
Thin books are generally side sewn. A heavy stitch is sewn along the face of the sections. This is the most durable binding available and is often used in quality childrens books. Thicker books are smyth sewn, which is a chainlock stitch that sews each section together and creates a flexible spine which allows the pages to lay flat when the book is open.
Endsheets and reinforcing tape are applied to the book block prior to casing-in. They can be plain white, made from colored stock, or printed.
Headbands are a decorative cloth strip applied to the top and bottom of the spine for a finished look.
An economical alternative to a sewn book is a perfect bound hardcase product.
Perfect binding is an adhesive binding. The sections are gathered, the spine skived off and a thick covering of glue is applied to the spine. Endsheets are applied to the book block and the spine is capped with paper tape, preparing the book for casing in.
There are many options for your hard cover, or case. Cases are made with printed sheets, cloth, or leather applied to board. They can be foil stamped, embossed, debossed, textured with linen or cambric lamination, or clear lamination in a dull or gloss finish.
Board options include 70 point or 120 point thicknesses, padded board, and board in various densities. Your estimator can assist you in selecting the appropriate board to use depending on your cover treatments.
Printed jackets may be applied to give the book a traditional finished look. A jacket is designed to attract attention to the book, and many enhancements are available for that purpose. A jacket will also protect the book in transit.
Worzalla's full-service bindery can accommodate a wide variety of book styles, sizes, and thicknesses.