February 13, 2009, Newsletter Issue #171: Smythe Sewing Binding

Tip of the Week

Want to abuse your books? The Smythe sewing binding is an extremely strong type of binding for books that are meant to lay open or be read often. It is one of the longest lasting types of book bindings and is often used in textbooks, coffee table books, library books, and religious publications.

*If you are planning on writing a book that you think will need to take a endure a lot of use or abuse or one that a reader might need to have open to a certain page for an extended period of time, this might be the best book binding for you to consider. Keep in mind, however, that smythe sewing does not allow for lay-flat capabilities. Adhesive case binding is the preferred method in all but rare cases (it is very strong with today's adhesives).

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