Guest post by Sandy Gould, Direct Sales Manager, Color House Graphics

Each book design has a different purpose, and some books are more effective if they can lay flat on a surface when opened. For example, cook books, music books, instruction manuals and other similar books need to lay flat in order to be fully functional. To achieve this, the books should utilize a binding style that allows the book to lay flat when opened. Below are the various Lay Flat Binding options.

 

Plastic Coil Binding

The plastic coil is a single piece that is a full circle through the punch-holes in the page.

Plastic coil does not bend or lose its shape. It is available in a number of standard colors and a variety of special-order colors. Plastic coil binding is suitable for both low and high page count books, and works well with most paper types.

Single Wire Binding

The single wire is a single piece that is a full circle through the punch holes in the page. It is available in black, white and silver. Some special-order colors are also available.

Single wire binding works with most paper types.

Double Wire Binding

Double wire binding is more sturdy than single wire binding. The wire becomes a “C” shape when bound (see photo). It is available in black, white and pewter.

Some special-order colors are also available. Double wire binding works with most paper types. Facing pages align exactly, unlike the spiral and plastic coil bound book pages.

Plastic Comb Binding

Plastic comb binding is c‐shaped. The spine of the comb can be imprinted with a title. Plastic comb binding works with most paper types.

Lay-Flat Perfect (Otabind)

Otabind books are perfect bound (they have a spine). The spine of the cover is not attached to the book block. The trim size and page count factor into how flat it will lay.

Otabind is available in PUR adhesive, allowing it to work with most paper types.

Semi-Concealed Wire-O

Semi-concealed wire-o works with soft cover books. This bind style uses double wire binding. The book cover wraps around the book spine and allows for a printed spine.

Fully Concealed Wire-O

Fully concealed wire‐o works with hard cover books. This bind style allows for a printed spine. The cover is printed and wrapped around the binder boards like a hard cover book (see image).

 

Exposed Wire/Coil Hardcover

The covers for books with this bind style have two separate printed and wrapped boards, with the double wire binding the two-piece cover and text. The covers are printed and wrapped around binder boards like a hard cover books.

If you would like more information on lay flat binding, or other bind styles, contact me and I can answer any questions you may have. CHG offers a variety of finishing and binding solutions to complete your project. I’d be happy to help you figure out which method is best for your project.