Binding, sometimes referred to as bookbinding, is the process of physically assembling a book from flat printed sheets and folding them together into sections, before it is bound. Keith Marley Limited can work with you to ensure your project is bound exactly how you require and we are experienced in dealing with very specialised styles for more special projects. There are many binding methods to choose from and we have explained some below:

  • Saddle stitching: folded sections are inset inside one another and then stitched by wire on the spine.
  • Saddle singer sewing: folded sections are inset inside one another and then stitched by cotton thread on the spine.
  • Purfect binding: folded sections are collated on top of one another and then held together by adhesive glue (EVA) on the spine.
  • PUR binding: very similar to purfect binding in terms of the process involved, however it uses stronger glue on the spine to produce a more robust finish. This method can be used on a wider variety of materials than purfect binding, so often has a wider appeal.
  • Thread sewing: folded sections are collated on top of one another, then sewn together with cotton thread before being bound with either a limp or case-bound cover.
  • Case binding: a case-bound or hard-bound finish is produced from a cover – which would be printed on paper or a book cloth – being wrapped around a 2-3mm board.
  • Wiro binding, comb binding or spiral binding: these use coated metal wires or plastic combs to bind documents together.
  • Lay flat binding: by using two thinner pages, this finish is used to ensure a photographic double-page spread is unhindered by any gaps or page breaks at the spine.

Keith Marley Limited is also experienced in producing slipcases and boxes using printed paper or book cloths. There are a huge variety of shapes, sizes and styles to choose from and we are here to discuss your needs.