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Library Quality Smyth Sewn Books

BookFactory sews the pages of each book before binding
Pages sewn together before assembly
Construction: Smyth Sewn (also known as Section Sewn) book bindings are the highest quality book binding available on the market today. It is the hallmark of library quality, archival safe books because the pages are physically sewn into the book using binders thread and further reinforced with fabric backing and adhesive to create the most usable and durable books available...
Textbooks, books for libraries and lab notebooks are typically Smyth Sewn because they stand up to years of wear and tear. Smyth Sewn bindings use thread to sew through folded signatures of a book. Signatures are made by printing on large sheets and then folding into groups of pages, usually 16 or 24 at a time. Each signature is sewn individually with threads going through each page several times. The threads are then tied off. All of the signatures are likewise attached together with thread creating what is called the book block. The book block is further strengthened using flannel and adhesive on the spine.
avoid lost pages as seen here by ordering sewn bound books from BookFactory
unsewn books can fall apart and lose pages
Integrity: Smyth Sewn books are the hallmark of top quality books. For lab book and log book purposes, it is an essential characteristic because they are inherently tamper evident. You cannot remove a page from a book without compromising the integrity of the binding. That is why Smyth Sewn lab notebooks and logbooks are required by top research companies for documenting intellectual property for patent filings. Nothing supports a patent claim better than a physical, Smyth Sewn notebook with the inventor's hand written, dated notes with a witness signature. They are also a rock solid method for proving compliance with laws and regulations.
casebound books made by BookFactory open flat for easier reading and writing
Smyth Sewn books open flat
User Friendly: Books with Smyth Sewn bindings lie completely flat, making them easier to read and write in. From notebooks for recording intellectual property, to log books for proving regulatory compliance, to journals for conferences and sales meetings, to self publishing books and textbooks, nothing is better suited.
side sewing does not allow books to open as fully as section sewn binding
with other bindings
text gets lost in the gutter
BookFactory offers both square and flexible spines on sewn bound books, signatures are clearly visible in this close up view
Flexible and square spines
Features: Look closely at the binding where the pages meet the spine and you can see the folds of the page signatures. Open the book to the middle of a signature and you may be able to see the binding thread stitches.

For further information see the National Information Standards Organization ANSI/NISO/LBI Standard for Library Binding ANSI/NISO/LBI Z39.78-2000 ISSN: 1041-5653