LD Davis animal, liquid and hot melt glues have been a staple in the bookbinding industry for decades. Used during the manufacturing process, our glues can be found in your favorite novel, yearbook, catalog, photobook or cookbook. LD Davis is your single source for all bookbinding industry glues, offering a wide variety of effective adhesives for every type of bindery operation, from spine gluing magazines to special casing applications and lay-flat lamination. LD Davis glues are used in two main commercial bookbinding techniques: traditional bookbinding, which typically produces hardcover books, and perfect binding, which results in seamless paperback books.
Traditional Book Binding (Hard Cover)
Hard cover binding is when a book is made using a hard outside or “case”.
The case, or cover, is made in a process called “case making” which includes gluing and folding the cover material to board.
The inside of a hard cover book starts with printed sheets that are folded and gathered together. The pages are sewn or glued into what is called a book block, and cloth is added to the spine where it will then be glued into the case.
Lastly the book block is glued to the case in a process called “casing in”. You are then left with a finished hard cover bound book.
Perfect Binding (Soft Cover)
The perfect binding process is a used to bind soft cover books.
During this binding process, the pages and cover of a book are glued together at the spine with a strong, flexible glue. This is normally a hot melt, or PUR glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed to give them perfectly square edges.
The soft cover of a perfect bound book is typically made from paper or cardstock that is heavier than the interior pages. The spine of a perfect bound book is typically square.
LD Davis Bookbinding Glues
Our bookbinding glues are used for soft and hard cover books.
We offer a wide variety of glues for every type of bindery operation from spine gluing magazines, catalogs, hard cover and paperback books to special casing applications and lay flat lamination.