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Of all binding options, softcover binding solutions are perhaps the most enduringly popular. There are many reasons why paperback books are so ubiquitous: They are fairly inexpensive to produce, turnaround time is short so they can be prepared quickly, and they can be produced in large quantities, which makes paperback binding a great option for large runs. There are a number of ways in which paperback books can be bound, and in this week’s blog we explore the differences between them.

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The Different Types of Paperback Binding Solutions

EVA Binding

EVA is an adhesive that melts at high temperatures and can be remelted many times without degrading in quality, making it a very popular binding choice for paperback books. In addition, its quick setting time means that it is a very efficient way of assembling softcover books. While it can be used for most offset papers, it can cause problems for more difficult stocks.

PUR Binding

PUR binding uses a chemical reaction to bond paper together. Because the chemical reaction draws moisture from the air, it is incredibly important that the application process is followed exactly. While older iterations of PUR needed to set for a long time before they were fully cured, new formulas are able to achieve about 80% of their green strength within a matter of hours.

Smyth Binding

If you are looking for a long-lasting and durable finish for your paperback book then a Smyth sewn cover might be the right choice. With this technique, signatures are sewn together in a way that results in an incredibly strong finished product that can also lay flat and be bent backwards. If you expect your paperback book to be subjected to lots of wear and tear, a Smyth sewn cover is the best method to choose.

No matter which binding technique you choose, the experts at Advantage Book Binding can bring your project to life. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, you can trust us to complete your project with the utmost care and attention to detail, so be sure to get in touch to discuss your next book binding project.


Advantage Book Binding

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