Most often, a case bound book (sometimes called a hard cover book or edition bound book) has four distinctives:
Pages are perfect bound rather than Smythe sewn and then bound into a hard cover
Some coversbut very fewmay be flexible rather than hard
People are fretting about whether their job or business will go the way of the dinosaur, buggy whip, or 8-track tape players. But for hard cover and case bound books, theyre only becoming increasingly popular!
The image above is a diagram of a case bound book. These are the basic elements of a case bound book:
Headbands are the ribbon that is inserted in the spine and shows at the top and bottom of the spine in the finished book
Headbands are purely decorative (no function) but may lend a vintage or design element to the finished book
Some case bound books have no headbands
About 30% of case bound books have no headband; of those which do, 70% have two headbands and 30% have one headband
End papers, until recently, were always white
Most end papers in case bound books, that we bind, are now coloured
30% of the books, that we bind, are wrapped with printed litho sheets, rather than wrapped in cloth
Over 90% of the case bound books we bind are square-backed rather than round-backed spines
Dust jackets: case wrapped books that are only stamped can look very bland with dust jackets. Dust jackets give the book an esthetic or artistic appeal. The dust jacket sets the mood or tone of the book, positions it within its genre, or provides hard-hitting sales copy.
Much wider range of materials to wrap cases
Designers are colour-matching end papers, head bands and ribbons
More high-end coffee-table books are being produced locally rather than in China. Even though delivery time lines from China are shrinking, the increasing demand for even quicker turnaround times, designers creative input and last-minute changes account for the move away from use of offshore suppliers.
More add-ons such as various colours of thread in one book; metal corners; fold-outs; step-cutting; box sleeves; edge-staining; foil gilding are available from our firm.
Case binding: its back in style! Old has become new.The classiest way to bind a book IS case binding!
Anstey Book Binding946 Warden Ave, Toronto, ON416 757 9991