or Hard Cover Bookbinding
Hard cover binding or case binding is the process for making hard cover books, such as reference books, yearbooks, children’s books, novels, coffee table books, art books, and most custom books. Hardbound books have a formal and eloquent look – like the books one sees in a library. The ‘binding strips’ are available in assorted colors, and text – such as the title, volume, author name, or all of the above – can be printed on them.
The advantages of case binding a book are the strength and durability you get from the various case binding techniques. The look of the hardback book is also superior with the availability of leather, papers and various fabrics that can be used to encase the book. These materials coupled with the variety of specialty finishing techniques, such as foil stamping, give the case bound book a professional and elegant look. A printed dust jacket can also be applied to finish off your book.
The one thing to remember with hard binding is that, as with real books, it does not open completely ‘flat’ and therefore is not a good choice for something like a manual, which you would need to lay wide open.