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Case Binding 1-2-3

The requirements of book projects vary nearly as much as their subject matter. Some books are designed as "show-me" pieces, while others must withstand the rigors of everyday use. Of course, many require a combination of both. While that sounds like a tall order, the three-step process of hardcover case binding offers the best of both worlds for Wire-O, Smyth sewn or perfect binding book products.

Step 1. Creating the Case

Cases are constructed from cover material that is wrapped or "turned" over binder's boards, chipboard or similar rigid materials. Board selection depends upon the weight and thickness of the project. As a general rule, heavier books require thicker boards. Printed paper and book cloth are typical covers, but a variety of alternatives are available.

Step 2. Preparing the Book Block

After the book is collated and prepared for binding, books can be bound with Wire-O, Smyth sewing or perfect binding. During binding, endsheets are attached to the first and last pages of the book block. Endsheets are attached to adhesive bound products in a process called tipping.

Step 3. Casing-In (Attaching the Book to the Case)

After the case is constructed and the book block is prepared, the two pieces are fused together with glue. Occasionally, a decorative ribbon is placed at the head and foot of the spine during this process. The book block is glued into the case via the endsheets, adding protection to the binding elements as well as delivering a classic, formal look.

Planning Tip: As the connection point between cover and book block, a lot of stress is placed on the endsheets over the life of the product. At Eckhart & Co., we recommend specifying uncoated stocks of at least 80lb. text weight for use as endsheets to withstand the rigors of use.

The Eckhart Advantage

At Eckhart & Company, we put top-shelf high-speed automated bookbinding and case making equipment to work building your unique projects. Our case binding options include durable Smyth sewing, perfect binding and Wire-O binding. Large-format case manufacturing is also available. With a complete range of complementary capabilities such as foil stamping, embossing, shrink wrapping and more, you can rest easy knowing complete production of your books is housed in one facility.