From The Book Designer:
When it comes time to put your book into the world, looking into the top book binding services is key for self-publishing authors. The privilege of self-publishing means you have full creative control over what you publish, how you publish it, and when.
However, how you decide to bind your book will play a large role in how readers view your finished product. A well-designed book that looks professional, is easy to use, and is also aesthetically pleasing will help you succeed.
A book that lacks aesthetic appeal and is not bound in a way that reinforces your author brand will do you as well as your readers a disservice. In this article, we discuss five book binding services you can consider choosing.
- Types Of Book Binding
- Barnes & Noble
- 48 Hour Books
- Printing Center USA
Types Of Book Binding
Before diving into the specifics, it’s important to briefly cover some various types of book binding so you know your options.
Saddle Stitching: In this type of binding, signatures or sheaves of folded paper are taken and fastened together in the centerfold using a number of staples. When you think of this type of binding, you can include catalogs, handouts with multiple sheets of paper, booklets, etc.
Perfect Binding: This is widely used for softcover books, large catalogs, and even magazines. Perfect binding uses adhesive to bind pages together and creates a clean, firm look.
Spiral Bound: Remember your wide-ruled school notebooks? These are a classic example of spiral binding. This type of binding allows users to lay the book flat, bend the cover back against the back cover, and easily underline, highlight, or take notes.
Case Binding: Most people refer to this as “hard cover.” This form of binding is the highest form, durable, and usually takes up more physical space. Because of the care put into the form, the longevity of the book, and the space it demands, these bindings are often regarded as more quality.
Book Binding Services
Let’s take a look at five different options for book binding services for you to use.
#1 – Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Press helps you create quality books, both hardcover and paperback, for a variety of readers:
- Prospective readers
Minus a few exceptions, you can rely on them to deliver your order to your doorstep within roughly ten days.
The Barnes & Noble Press makes it their priority to use premium paper stock and offer print in full color or black and white. Users can choose hardcover format, hardcover with dust jacket, hardcover with printed case, or a variety of paperbacks.
To use this binding service takes just three steps: Choose your format, prepare and upload your files, print and ship.
#2 – Printivity
Printivity says, “Perfect-bound booklets: A premium, professional reading experience. You don’t have to be a famous author for your work to feel like a masterpiece.” Sound like a great option? You’d be right.
They use their expertise to give you guidance on how to elevate your product through the visuals you use. In fact, they review your uploaded files and create a digital proof before going to print.
Template downloads include:
- 8.5″x11″ Templates
- 5.5″x8.5″ Templates
- 10″x8″ Landscape Templates
- 5″x7″ Templates
- 6.625″x10.25″ Templates
- 6″x9″ Templates
- 8″x10″ Templates
- 8″x8″ Templates
- 9″x12″ Templates
- 11″x8.5″ Landscape Templates
- 8.5″x5.5″ Landscape Templates
- 7″x5″ Landscape Templates
- 9″x6″ Landscape Templates
- 12″x9″ Landscape Templates
If they think another option will work better than your current one, they will explain their thought-process to you, all without delaying your delivery deadline. If this isn’t enough, they even promise that if your final product doesn’t meet your expectations they will reprint it at no charge or refund you in full.
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