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Tape and staple softbound book exampleTape and Staple Softbinding

Glossary Definition:

Tape and Staple (side stitch): Soft type binding where your pages may be side stitched or "stapled" down the spine and the edges covered in tape.

Authors enjoy these binding benefits:

  • Durability due to the continued integrity of the book block - it's not been punched with lots of holes.

  • Comparatively easy to update - take covers off and pull staples, change pages or add leaves, put on new covers, staple and tape.

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Books currently available - tape and staple binding shown.
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1907 Alabama Census Blount County - tape and staple binding

German Colonozation, Cullman, Alabama Book - tape and staple softbound

Muskogee District Court, IT Book - tape and staple softbound

Though it can increase the production price several dollars each, metal side stitch books with black ink may be personalized on the front or back cover or with an extra frontice piece. 

All binding/cover services are available as part of a complete publishing package, POD (small quantity charges may apply), and binding only.

Tape and staple softbound book example.Tape and staple softbound books are sometimes referred to as side stitch softbound books.

For a tape and staple book, the collated text block has separate front and back covers applied.  The book block is then wire stitched, or "stapled", on the binding edge.  Cloth or plastic binding tape is then applied down the binding edge of the book.  The tape covers the wire stitched staples.  This is both advantageous to the reader and the book itself.  The reader won't get stabbed on the back side of the staples, and the book itself due to the fact the raw edge of the staple is not subjected to as much stress as item catch and pull on them.

While custom printed tape can be produced, the drawbacks and costs of this particular type of binding allow for the generally accepted statement that tape and staple book spines are blank (non-imprinted).  However, some ingenious authors, have been known to use cloth tape and then employ a calligrapher to hand label each spine.

Marshall Co., Alabama Marriage Records Book - tape and staple softboundThis method has nearly been replaced by the perfect bound method, which offers a more pleasing finished product. However, there are those that would prefer a staple to glue.

There are those who like the ascetic look of a tape and staple book as well.  For those, we now also offer, upon request, the fastback cloth tape method to eliminate the acidity/rust factor of the wire stitch through the years.

Standard types of soft bindings include:


Note: All tape and staple or side-stitch bound books shown on this page were printed and/or published by Gregath Company, Inc.  Not all books are currently available through this publisher.

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