Weekly Quiz: Google Says This is Swiss Binding – But is it?

Answer: Nope, sorry.

When you Google Swiss binding, this is one of the images that comes up. But is this actually Swiss binding? While it does have an exposed spine, there is nothing Swiss about it.

Swiss binding refers to a case-bound book in which the text block is mounted to the inside back cover, leaving the actual spine free and exposed.

While you see this method most often used in combination with Smyth binding, you can also choose to perfect bind, saddle stitch or side sew the inside pages. What makes it Swiss bound is the fact that the text block is fully glued to the inside back cover of the case that holds your book.



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