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Concealed Wire-O™ Books: A Marriage of Strength and Beauty

Case bound books are known for their durability and attractiveness while Wire-O books are revered for functionality and lay flat properties. When these two bindery methods are married together, the resulting product is an alluring concealed Wire-O book combining the best of both.

Pease Bindery typically produces concealed Wire-O books with one free-floating cover. This means one “end sheet” of the mechanically bound book block is inserted into a “pocket,” usually on the back cover. Or, alternatively the same end sheet can be tipped onto an appropriate cover, again usually the back one, while the other side, the front, remains unattached.

This results in a hard-cased, user-friendly book whose cover and text lie flat-as-a-board. Consider concealed Wire-O for projects as diverse as cookbooks, wedding planning materials, guest books and coffee table books.

Planning Tips
When planning a cased-in Wire-O book, standard mechanical binding techniques are used to create the book block. Here are some tips to ensure your project will turn out exactly as planned:

  • Proper punching margins are a must for all Wire-O projects. For books requiring a 3:1 punching pattern (three holes-per-inch for book blocks 1/2" or thinner), leave at least a 3/8” margin for copy at the binding edge. For books requiring a 2:1 punch pattern (for book blocks 9/16” or thicker), allow a 1/2” margin.
  • For two reasons, Pease Bindery needs to know the thickness of your book block early in the production process. First, we need to order the right size Wire for your project and second, we need to manufacture the right size case. A case that is too shallow will affect the closing of the book while a case with too large a spine will look bad and potentially cause damage to the pages of the book due to excess movement of bound materials. Even a 1/16" variance can have unintended consequences, in either the binding or case making stages, or both. The surest way to know the thickness of your book block is to make a pre-production sample on actual stock. If you need help with this step, let your friends at Pease Bindery know.
  • For free-floating concealed Wire-O applications, the entire weight of the book block cover is attached to the case, either by friction or glue, by only one end sheet. This means that the end sheet must be sturdy enough to support the book block for the intended life of the project. For projects of average thickness and weight, Pease recommends at least 80 lb. cover weight stock for end sheets. Some thicker applications require board stock.

As with any binding operation, long-lasting and attractive concealed Wire-O book projects require sufficient planning for a worry-free production run. Count on Pease Bindery to serve as your information resource.

The Pease Advantage
At Pease Bindery, we’re as quality-conscious about your concealed Wire-O binding products as you are. Our experienced planning and production experts make certain all your concealed Wire-O books are bound to the highest standards. Contact Pease Bindery today to begin planning your next project.

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