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Never Confused! Make Clear 4 Types Of Notebook Binding

By Lucia
13 January 2021
Facing various notebook binding methods, perhaps many people get confused about how to choose.

Now in this article, we'll run through the four most common binding types. Then you can make an informed decision when looking for a suitable binding technique to be used in your notebooks or journals.

Of course, if you have any questions or ideas about notebooks, please feel free to contact us. Our notebook experts are ready to help you.

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Perfect binding is actually softcover binding or adhesive binding.

Put simply, the perfect binding is to put all the sheets together into a book block, use a flexible adhesive (a super-strong adhesive) to attach the paper cover to the book spine. It is common in paperback novels, manuals, catalogues, and annuals and some magazines.

Perhaps you have heard of PUR perfect binding that has been increasingly popular recently? The process is essentially the same in both methods. Still, the latter makes use of PUR adhesive that will significantly enhance binding strength and durability.


Compared to hardcover binding, perfect binding is a more economical choice, both in production and shipment costs. For quality assurance, the perfect binding needs to use a heavyweight cardstock paper as its cover.

As one of the general binding options, it is straightforward to identify saddle stitching among numerous bound methods. As the name implies, it looks like the staple serves as a saddle, with each side of folded sheets hanging over like legs on a saddle. Once sheets are printed and organized, they will be stacked then stitched together through the fold line with wire staples. 

Books with saddle stitching can be made relatively quickly, even can be done by yourself. Today, saddle stitch binding is still the most cost-effective bookbinding method. But if facing several pages or rusty staples, the staples might not be sturdy enough to fulfill the task.

The most significant advantage of spiral binding is allowing the book to lay completely flat or even fold back on itself. It benefits from this unique binding technique. 
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So how is the spiral binding made?
In a word, a machine punches holes along with the sheets bound and holds them together by using wire or plastic coils.

In order to make a spiral binding look fancier, we can choose a hardcover, cloth-covered or exquisitely printed case, matched with wire-bound.

This binding technique is also used in loose-leaf notebooks. You can change the inner pages anytime as long as the coils aren't broke. A flexible option for DIY lovers and students!!


Interwell provides various spiral-bound notebooks with different design styles.

Case binding is an extremely traditional and common binding technique.

If you buy a hardcover bestseller from bookshops, it would be with the case binding method. Case binding can even be the most expensive and time-consuming method. But admittedly, it can provide an elegant look with more durability than a perfect binding book.
For the books that need a long shelf life and stand a long-term usage, case binding is still the best choice.


Cost is the biggest weakness of case binding. The covers of case-bound books are usually made by hardboard wrapped with printed paper, book cloth, linen or leather. So it costs more than other binding books.

Weight also can be an issue. You have to spend more on higher shipping costs when you enjoy the weighty feel provided by the quality binding.



Facing various notebook binding methods, perhaps many people get confused about how to choose. Now in this article, we'll run through the four most common binding types.