The All About Smyth Sewn Bindings

If you are preparing to self-publish your manuscript, or if you are producing reference manuals for your business or organization, you should consider the advantages of Smyth Sewn bindings. Smyth Sewn bindings are basically the most premium, high-quality bindings available on the market today. A book made with Smyth Sewn bindings can stand up to years of wear and tear; its durability makes it a perfect solution for books that are meant to be used often.
If you’ve ever wondered why high-quality books always seem to have blank pages at the end, you were probably reading a Smyth Sewn book. The Smyth Sewn binding process involves assembling book pages into pamphlets of anywhere from 12 to 24 pages. Therefore, if a manuscript has an odd number of pages, the final pamphlet would have to include blank pages to balance out the book. These pamphlets are called signatures.
To create a complete text, each signature is sewn together individually, and then sewn once more to connect all the book’s signatures into one large piece. The collected signatures are then attached to the book’s spine using a strip of flannel and adhesive. The double sewing process makes a Smyth Sewn book extremely sturdy, and the flannel strip allows a Smyth Sewn book to lie completely flat while open, which makes the text much easier to read or peruse.
Because you cannot remove a page from a Smyth Sewn book without destroying the binding, a Smyth Sewn book is tamper-evident. This makes the binding perfect for research companies, law firms, or anyone who needs to create a paper trail of their notes, ideas, and research. Most research and development firms use Smyth Sewn books to document patent claims, since handwritten notes in a Smyth Sewn book can’t be shuffled around at will.
The Smyth Sewn binding process is virtually always used for hardcover books, since the weight of the spine’s flannel backing could tear a more fragile paperback cover. As a result, Smyth Sewn bindings are frequently found in Bibles, textbooks, wedding albums, scrapbooks, or any other book designed to last and be used for years or even decades. Some libraries even purchase already printed books and have them re-sewn into a Smyth Sewn binder to increase their durability!
Most reputable printing presses offer Smyth Sewn bindings for print runs as small as 100 copies, so self-publishers still have access to this sturdy and extremely functional design. If your book needs to be of the highest quality, the Smyth Sewn binding process may be the only choice for you.

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