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I'm in the process of printing a book. I would like to use lay-flat binding. What are the following two types of lay-flat binding called?

Lay-flat binding type 1:

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Lay-flat binding type 2

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Please ignore the paper types (glossy in the example of lay-flat binding type 1, and matte in the example of lay-flat binding type 2).

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  • The second looks like some sort of fancy boardbook bindind but head and tail bands are typically found in sewn binding... Do all pages seem like "centerfolds", with no hint of anything holding them together?
    – curious
    Oct 25, 2022 at 10:47
  • @curious thanks, all pages seem like "centerfolds", with no hint of anything holding them together. I had opened a random page. Oct 28, 2022 at 5:19

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Both examples would be classified as Sewn Binding.

Individual signatures are sewn together before being sewn to each other. Glue is used to strengthen the spine after it's all stitched together, and finally a cover added.

Typically sewn binding can be more expensive, but it's also more durable than many other binding methods.

More info: https://blog.ironmarkusa.com/book-binding-sewn (random search result.)

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  • Thanks! Is there any term to distinguish the two types of sewn binding pictured in the question? Oct 24, 2022 at 0:43
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    @FranckDernoncourt -- Essentially, the first example is stitched with creep in mind, the second does not compensate for creep. I don't think there's terminology other than this to describe the two samples. Creep is typically not something the designer is concerned with because the thickness of the stock needs to be known to correctly calculate creep. Printer providers have tables of stock data for stuff like this.
    – Scott
    Oct 24, 2022 at 9:06
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    … but… sewing doesn't give every double page a single sheet, only one in every 'clump' [too long ago, don't remember the terms]
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 24, 2022 at 18:59
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    @Tetsujin I think the term you are looking for is booklet or signature :)
    – curious
    Oct 24, 2022 at 19:22
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    I see headbands - I don't see any sewing...
    – JeffK
    Oct 26, 2022 at 17:21

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