We believe that helping to educate our customers allows us to help increase their speed and efficiency, and improves the working relationship between printer and binder. Below you'll find some definitions to commonly used terms in a bindery; we hope it will help improve your business too.
Face: The open side of the book; opposite of the spine
Foot: The bottom of the book; opposite of the head
Glue Trap: On a perfect bound book only - the portion of the cover extended over head and foot of the text block to catch excess glue during application of the cover to the text
Grind: On a perfect bound book only - paper is milled off of the spine of gathered text prior to gluing. The milled spine allows the glue to bond with the roughed edges of the text, ensuring strong adhesive application of the text and cover.
Head: The top of the book; opposite of the foot
Self Cover: A cover of the same stock as the inside text pages
Signature: A sheet of paper after it has been folded and is ready to be collated and bound into a book.
Spine: The bound edge of the book; opposite of the face
Net: The final trimmed size of a product E.g. if the unbound pages of a Wire-O book arrive to us 8.5" x 11" and the final product will be 8.5" x 11" then the pages have arrived net to Central Bindery
Text Block: Also referred to as a book block. On a perfect bound book only - the gathered and glued text of a book without a cover applied. If you were to tear a cover off of a paperback book you would be left with a text block.