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Book Covers Using Exposed Binding Board

Our bookshelves are teeming with titles which showcase the humble binding board in all its naked splendour. Stylish and edgy, exposed board bindings are definitely on trend and their stripped back quality gives an artisanal, hand crafted feel to a commercially produced item.

In terms of binding, it’s very much business as usual in terms of the sewn book block and endpapers .

The points of difference come with the treatment of the edges of the case and spine of the book.  
The case can either be cut flush with the book block or have a board overhang as per a traditional cased book.

There are several ways one can treat the spine :

  • the book block can be wrapped with a paperback cover (in lieu of ends) the spine of which is covered in real or imitation cloth with grey boards affixed to the outer. 
  • a board spine can be used, as per a normal cased binding with a conventional hinge which is then generally quarter bound with a paper, imitation or real cloth spine. The remaining area of the case is then left uncovered to expose the bare boards.
  • the sewn edge of the book block can be left exposed, sealed with glue and  
  • the book can be bound conventionally using a printed case cover with board spine.  The finished case is then cut flush with the book block giving the book exposed board edges on three sides.  

 The boards themselves can be printed, foil blocked, debossed or punched to shape to give some great effects.

Wandering through some recent, and not so recent productions, we've collated some inspiring images and different finishing which demonstrate some of the options available. We’re also showing a few wire-o and limp projects which again make use of the raw material in their design concept.