Binding Styles

Set out below are some of the many binding styles and their advantages and drawbacks.

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Book Binding

Most common cover style.
Separate front and back covers.
Opens easily back to back.

Half Canadian

The partially hidden wire is exposed on the back cover.
Flat spine allows easy identification.

Reverse Binding

The binding is hidden and the spine is flat. Back flap can be glued down or left free.

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Pocket Binding

The wire bound insert is designed to slip into the cover sleeve.

Full Canadian

Partially hidden wire is exposed on the front and back cover. Flat spine allows for easy identification.

Cased in

Standard wire, glued into a hard case with all the opening advantages.

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Semi Exposed

One piece wrap around cover with a permanent look. Binding appears on the spine of the book.

Glued Back

Wire bound insert is pasted inside a one piece flat spine cover. Binding is concealed and spine can be printed.


One piece spine cover that opens in reverse, creating a flat spine for identification.

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Calendar and Tent card

Wire bound calendar with hanger or free standing as a tent card. Pages flip over.