Emdash Publishing Solutions offers several kinds of in-house binding services, from standard perfectbinding to the distinctive and archival.


Most softcover books involve loose sheets of paper, clamped and bound together with glue or rubberized polymers, producing a clean, square, flexible spine. Perfectbinding is the most inexpensive binding available at any quantity, which is part of why nearly all books produced are perfectbound. Emdash uses only nontoxic, long-lasting polymers — rather than glues which produce toxic odors — to produce professional and durable perfectbound books. Even the finest perfectbound books have a limited life expectancy — age and handling will wear out even the best polymer backing.


The majority of hardcover books produced today in North America and in Europe are casebound, which means that a hard cover (or case) is attached to the leaves (pages) of the book using the same process as perfectbinding. This results in a professional and durable covering for books that will be handled over and over again. Casebound books resist becoming ragged or tattered at the corners, and because their spines flex less during reading, generally last much longer than perfectbound books.

Sewn Bindings

Emdash Publishing Solutions also offers archival-quality hand stitching for small runs of books meant to be keepsakes for generations to come. Even before Gutenberg's printing revolution, books were produced by gathering pages together in signatures, which were then sewn together to produce bindings which would not fall apart with handling. Even if removed from their covers, sewn bindings keep books together. Our handbound books — soft and hardcover — perform better under constant handling than perfectbound or casebound books, but are bound, backed, and trimmed with all the advantages the machine age can offer for truly professional presentation, today, tomorrow, and beyond.