Book binding and finishing – the fascinating history

November 9, 2011 · Print This Article

Binding and finishing is an important part of the printing process. There are various methods of binding used today, some dating back centuries and others deriving from newly developed technology.

Some of the most popular binding methods include comb and coil binding. Comb binding in particular dates back more than half a century and it has remained one of the most popular binding options because it is cost-effective and durable. Other binding methods still used today include thermal and wire binding, both finding their roots in past methods but adapted to modern techniques.

The history of bookbinding and finishing 

Here is a quick summary of the fascinating history of bookbinding and finishing:

  • 1447: Gutenberg’s printing press was invented, leading society to invent different ways to bind documents. With this technology came a higher demand for better binding methods such as punching and sewing.
  • 1950s: Innovations in the bookbinding industry during this time include the development of the long-stitch, hardcover and plastic coil binding methods.
  • 1895: 1895 saw the invention of the “perfect binding” method. This binding method is widely used for binding paperback books and novels.

Although the bookbinding industry has continually been faced with the need to reinvent itself to stay relevant, many of the older binding methods are still used today. Consider the many different binding methods and its different advantages for your printing project.

Contact Minuteman Press Germiston for all your binding and finishing needs.

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