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Hard case binding (also known as hard cover binding) refers to the binding of a book in which a separate case bound cover is involved. The cover is non-flexible and is supported by a paper-back board, making it incredibly durable. The process of hard case binding involves a few steps, the first being the joining of the book's sections, this process is known as thread sewing. Just like many of the other binding processes the book block is added creating a book spine which in turn allows the cover to be added. The last process, in which the hardcover is applied, also referred to as casing, it involves pieces of board being trimmed to the cover size and lastly being fed into the case making machine. The case making machine then securely applies a cover to the pieces of board by applying an adhesive, creating a strong, hardcover for the book.



The end product is very durable and unable to be bent as it is encased by a hardcover which in turn makes the product more robust than other styles of binding. The finished product has an exclusive look which in turn gives a classy effect to the product.



The sizes for our case binding are as follows:

  • Head to tail - 315mm case -  309mm text

  • Spine to foredge – 310mm for text if PUR Case Bound

  • Spine to foredge – 305mm for text if Thread Sew Case Bound

  • minimum book thickness of 5mm (if not done by hand)

  • maximum Book thickness of 48mm

case bound book


  • The front and last section must be varnish-free 5mm up
    from the spine to ensure endpaper adhesion.

  • Printed endpapers must be varnish-free 5mm from the spine
    on the side it is tipped and no varnish on the panel that glues.

  • Grain on the endpaper MUST run head to foot.

  • Grain direction of the text should always run head to foot.

  • Both Presspahn and square back books are options. Please
    specify which style you would like when requesting a quote.

  • Please also specify the thickness of the board that is required for the
    cover. The most common is 2250 micron board.

  • Case material should be no heavier than 170gsm

  • Please note that the case will be larger than the book block.
    This can vary but usually is 4mm on the top, bottom, and fore-edge.


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