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date: 29 March 2020


A Dictionary of Publishing

Adrian Bullock,

Chris Jennings,

Nicola Timbrell

The process of joining, or fastening together, gathered, folded sections (or *signatures) to form a book block prior to insertion into a paperback cover, or a hardback case. Binding is done using a variety of methods—sewing (sewn binding), gluing (perfect binding; or notched/slotted/burst binding), or stapling (saddle-stitched binding)—the choice of which depends on the nature of the product in terms of production values, function, cost, and durability. ... ...

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