How Spine Glue Thickness Can Affect Bookbinding Integrity

Jun 23, 2017 Off Comments in Bookbinding by
How Spine Glue Thickness Can Affect Bookbinding Integrity

When you pick up a book, have you ever wondered how all of the pages manage to stay together? How some books pass through the hands of many and remain in good condition to be enjoyed by the next person? Next time you sit down to read a book, you can thank the glue holding it together.

Glue is applied in various steps of the bookbinding process. It holds each individual page together to form what is called a book block. The edge of the book block is the spine of the book. The amount of glue applied to the spine depends on the size of the book block.

The graphic below shows the recommended spine glue film thickness, according to the size of the book block.


bookbinding adhesive


The larger the book block, the thicker the film of adhesive is required. Applying adhesive above or below the recommended thickness can affect flexibility, cost and other factors.


For more information or guidance on adhesive application for bookbinding, contact us at 1-800-844-1740 or use the contact form below. Our technical service team is available 24/7 to discuss your bookbinding application in more detail.