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Pease Bindery
111 Oakcreek Drive
Lincoln, NE 68528
Phone: (402) 476-1303
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Pease Answers Three Hardcover Binding Questions

Pease Bindery works hand in hand with our customers every day bringing their book projects to fruition. This consultative approach involves the exchange of many project details and answering many compelling planning questions. As we did a few months ago, we’ve answered here in detail several of the most popular questions we’re asked.

If you have a question relating to any aspect of hardcover or softcover book planning or production, send it to and we’ll promptly provide a personal response.

While printed endsheets are attractive, be sure to remove inks and coatings from all glued areas to ensure proper adhesion.

Question #1: What are the main differences between adhesive binding and Smyth sewing for hardcover books?
The choice of one binding style over another depends on several factors, including project budget, the needs of end users, and strength and durability requirements. Adhesive binding is popular for its economy and versatility. However, thick books and those using coated papers may exhibit decreased durability when adhesive bound. In contrast, Smyth sewing is the strongest, most durable binding solution for all types of papers and book projects especially thick and commonly referenced books such as directories and yearbooks.

Question #2: What is the best turned-edge wrap material for my case binding project?
It depends mostly on how the book will be used and the image it needs to convey. Printed and laminated paper cover wraps are sufficiently durable and can provide vibrant color to your books. For applications requiring a more sophisticated or classic look, consider a cloth wrap. Book cloth is available in numerous colors, weights and finishes and is durable enough to withstand heavy usage. Imitation leather is a popular wrap material for applications requiring a higher-end appearance. All materials can be foil-stamped or debossed to include elements such as titles, logos and line art.

Question #3: How should I prepare my endsheets?
Endsheets are used to adhere the book block to the hardcover case. They are typically four-page forms tipped to the first and last signatures of the book block and then glued to the insides of the covers. When planning endsheets for your books, keep in mind that the endsheet stock should be sufficiently strong to perform its function properly; Pease Bindery recommends uncoated stock of at least 65lb. cover weight. In addition, knock out all inks and coatings 1/4” along the spine of both the endsheet and the book block where the end sheets will tip to the first and last pages.

The Pease Advantage
Pease Bindery has been providing strong binding solutions since 1912. Over the years, we’ve gained a library of experience that we’re eager to share with our customers. We encourage you to involve us in project planning to ensure your hardcover and softcover books meet all of your expectations.

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