December 2004: V3#12: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Lots of books that have dust jackets are rather plain underneath with a binding band along the spine.  One way to have this band and still save money is to forgo the dust covers in favor of a 4-color cover.  The spine can still have the same banded look along with most, if not all, of your original dust cover layout thoughts.Color hard cover with spine strip

October 2004, V3#10: Production Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

What are Library Oversewn Hardbound Books?

Sections of the book are placed into the machine at a 45 degree angle and are then clamped. Vertical punches (spaced 1 inch apart) punch holes through the pages of each section. Threaded needles pass through the punched holes, enter through the spine, and exit the section approximately 3/16 inch in from the back edge of the page. Horizontal shuttle needles then pass through each of the separately formed thread loops and complete the stitch. The process is repeated to form successive lock stitches up the spine of the book.   When all pages have been stitched, the raw book is then glued and reinforced with woven fabric.

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September 2002, V1#1: Define Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Backbone: Center edge of a book perpendicular to and between its covers.

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