October 2009, V8#10: Define Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

Hardbinding Spotlight #3

Corners – Library: Each corner of the cover material is folded at a 45-degree angle that permanently affixes to the cover boards. All glued-off overhang shall be turned into the case. Meets library binding standard: ANSI/NISO/LIB Z39.78

Corners – Traditional: Overhang shall be cut away  at a 45-degree angle at each corner. All head and tale overhang shall be turned into the case, then the tip of the corner tucked in before the fore and back edges are permanently adhered. Meets library binding standard: ANSI/NISO/LIB Z39.78

Deluxe Hard CoverCover: The outer part of any book. Covers are generally labeled as hard or soft. Type of cover effects types of bindings possible.

End Sheet(s) (*Leaf/*end papers): The element of a hardbound book that consists of the “inside” of the covers and the first and last sheet of paper in the book.  The end sheets are adhered to the inside of the binding boards and attach to the book via a double hinge that includes a sheet of paper.

*Head: The top, specifically the edge, of the book.

Headband: A strip of embroidered cloth at the end of the spine, exending beyond the book block. Optional ALA element included in Gregath deluxe binding.

Hinge In: A paper or cloth strip may be adhered along the binding edge of the a page, or pages, to be added after the book has been bound, so that the strip extends beyond the binding edge. This can then be “hinged” into a “finished” book by pasting up the part of the paper or cloth strip that extends beyond the addition, and adhering the strip to the binding edge of a sheet (or leaf) in the text block.  This may also be used to change a given published page: cut the page to be replaced out of the existing book leaving as wide a bound paper strip as the binding margin will allow; follow instructions as above or – trim the replacement page to fit the published book (with extra paper to overlap bound strip); using an archival quality media, attach replacement page to bound strip.

* denotes a term that Gregath Publishing doesn’t normally use.

For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and

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New binding sample photos on website Wednesday, Mar 18 2009 

We’ve been at it with the camera again: You’ll find new photos of color hardcovered books at www.gregathcompany.com/hb/color.

April 2006, V5#4: Define Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Text Block: The pages/leaves of a book after they have been bound together. A group of printed or written pages that may be or have been bound, excluding all paper to be added by the bookbinder such as the endpapers, etc.

Book Block: Endpapers, text block and all other materials before hard or soft binding.

February 2006, V5#2: Production Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Among the various types of soft bindings, material placed in a three ring binder is considered softbound. Some might consider it hard binding however, due to it’s low durability, it is generally considered soft binding.

August 2004, V3#8: Production Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Standard and deluxe hardbinding carries a foil imprint.  Don’t overlook the fact that you can choose gold or silver at no extra charge.  Many times bronze is also available for no extra cost.  Special foils such as holographic, or colors are available at extra charges.

This section is drawn from information online at http://gregathcompany.com/tips.html

July 2004, V3#7: Production Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Always find out what you get for the “hardbinding”.  We have recently upgraded our “standard buckram” to standard that includes many of deluxe options.

This section is drawn from information online at http://gregathcompany.com/hb/index.html

May 2004, V3#5: Production Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Decided on a hard binding?  When working with a new printer or publisher, if the quoted price seems “to good to be true”, it may be.  Double check with the as to why the price is so much lower.  Items that may effect hard binding price include type of binding (oversewn, smythe, case bound, etc.), what optional steps are not included (header/footer bands, rounding, etc.), type of cover stock, thickness of binding boards, etc.

This section is drawn from information online at http://gregathcompany.com/hb/index.html

March 2004, V3#3: Production Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Hard Binding: Because of the importance of books, especially genealogy and history and due to the heavy usage books receive while in library, family or individual circulation, our suggestion is that books must be durable, as well as beautiful.

For this reason, our standard hard bindings we offer (and strenuously suggest) are all the ever-popular Oversewn Library Binding type, rather than the less durable (but usually cheaper) Smyth(e) Sewn binding method. In the Library Oversewn method, small groups of pages are close stitched, then stitched to the next small grouping. When all pages have been stitched, the raw book is then glued and reinforced with woven fabric.

This section is drawn from information online at http://gregathcompany.com/hb/index.html 

November 2003, V2#11: Define Saturday, Jan 17 2009 

Hardbound (hard back, hard cover): Books that are have a binding material covered “board” affixed to the glued and/or sewn book block.  Several different methods can be used. 

We employ – Library Oversewn (see http://www.gregathcompany.com/lohb/index.html and covered with the binding material of your choice, over .98 binding boards.

Standard Buckram Hardbinding: see above – binding material is buckram with a free spine imprint and free single line front cover imprint – usually gold foil.

Deluxe/Executive Hardbinding: see above – binding material is usually Lexitone with free spine imprint including bars and free custom (no larger than 6×9″) front imprint – variety of inks & foils available.
For other printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossary at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html

Information on producing cover files now online Wednesday, Jan 14 2009 

Wishing to do your own color cover layout and/or graphic arts design? More specific information on constructing your color hard cover files has been added. Information adapted to soft cover files is also new.

Crowder full cover file

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