Saddle Stitch Binding:
Saddle stitch binding is the simplest way to bind books in our time. This method is used to bind notebooks, brochures, pamphlets, and other small books. This is a common type of book binding, and one that you will see this type of binding everyday.
A book stapled at the center two or three times is nothing but saddle stitched. The saddle refers to the center of the folded papers where it is stapled, which is why saddle stitch binding is one of the most common an popular methods of book binding.
You can also staple from one side of the book if you don't prefer center stapled books. A long arm stapler is enough to start saddle stitching your books. Saddle stitch book binding is a popular method because of its combination of ease as well as overall effectiveness. If you are just getting started with binding books then this is a pretty good for you to tackle to get a feeling for how it can work.
Paperback book binding is another way to bind a book. All novels, some comic books, some textbooks etc, basically any paperback needing binding, have paperback binding. The term "paperback" means that the covers of books are like paper. They are thicker than the inner pages to give the feeling of cover, but don't offer the same protection to pages as a hardcover book does.
Paper back binding is fairly simple, and you can bind paperback books at home after learning the process. Many people have found this useful and use this book binding style to do it by themselves.
Many authors who want to self publish but are not able to afford publishing houses, as well as book binding hobbyists who want to bind their own books, are using the paperback book binding method to bind their own books at home. Paperback binding is one of the more simple dyi book binding methods.
Another commonly seen binding is hardcover binding. It is a great way to protect books and help them to last much longer. You can see hardcover book binding in encyclopedias, thick books, diaries, and many other books. In hardcover books, a thick cover is attached with the help of special glue.
Hardcover binding can also be done at home but it requires more effort. The different steps involved are making signatures, poking holes in the signatures, sewing (probably the hardest part of this style of book binding), making the cover, and finally attaching the cover to the stack of signatures.
The result of this style of binding is well worth the effort, as the final product is and will protect your projects.
Coptic binding is one of the oldest type of bookbinding which was practiced by the Copts in Egypt. It is also simple and you can try it now itself. This style of book binding goes all the way back to early human history and has re-gained popularity recently among many hobbyists. When it comes to Coptic bookbinding, there are tons of books, videos, and even entire hobby clubs dedicated to this practice.
In this style of hobby binding there is no spine because of which the book can be folded so that both the covers touch each other and it will not be damaged.
Two covers are placed above and below the papers and it is sewed through one edge. There are different methods of sewing. Some of them are easy while others are difficult. I always advise to start with easier methods before moving on to go for the difficult ones.
Thermal binding is one of the recently developed type of bookbinding. In this method lose pages are secured or joined with a strip of plastic or tape and then fused with heat. It is similar to the perfect binding method where the pages are glued together. These are often used in a wide variety of office or business scenarios and are far less common with hobbyists, although thermal bookbinding can often happen simply because it's useful on a practical scale for scripts, projects, collaborations, or many other similar situations. In other words, this might be one of the most practical bookbinding
This method is used mainly for office documents and presentations. It gives a neat and sturdy look to the finished books. Sometimes it is also referred to as Velo binding.
Overall Range of Binding Methods: