Milled binding: Concept, features and applications

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Anne Murray

From ancient times to the present day, there are countless different varieties of bindings that have been produced, but among the most renowned and used bindings, the milled binding , also known as milled paperback binding , is undoubtedly the most outstanding.are its main characteristics and, above all, its most convenient applications.

First of all, however, it is convenient to place this type of binding in relation to the history of bookbinding . When it comes to getting a general idea, this can be divided into two large blocks, that of handmade or classic binding, and that of industrial or modern binding.The latter developed throughout the 19th century. In this historical period, a series of technological advances took place that led to the cheapening, massification and systematization of the production of both books and printed documents in general. Milled bookbinding reached its true peak in the second period , that of industrial or industrial binding

.It is true, on the other hand, that the process involved has changed a lot from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day,due to the continuous technological development. In the past, despite being an industrial process, it included considerable manual work and could be carried out without any problem in an artisanal way. Nowadays, this possibility still exists as the necessary elements are available to carry out the process.They are neither costly nor difficult to handle. However, the use of certain tools specific to copy shops is what allows this binding to be done repeatedly at very low cost.

What is milled binding?

It is a binding process that consists of joining the bundle of sheets of the document to the spine of a cover, by means of theHowever, the spine is milled, scraped and planed. This is what distinguishes it from other similar types of binding, such as American style binding.

Milled and glued bindings are excellent for certain periodicals, such as magazines . Another advantage is that they allow the use of sheets of different weights.excellent for photographs and, therefore, for making catalogues or even albums or yearbooks.

What is EVA glue used for?

This type of glue is very common when making glued bindings of all kinds . It is not very strong but it is very cheap to apply. It can be applied manually, with the simple use of a brush. In its use, it is very easy to use.It is usually included in the mechanism of certain binding and gluing machines. They first melt it and then press the result around the pages and then the pages and spine at the same time.

What is PUR milled binding?

It is a type of machine binding, which uses glue made from urethane polymer. The main advantage of PUR milled binding is that the glue is made from urethane polymer.of this type of gluing is that it gives greater strength to the final result while retaining great flexibility. It also remains just as cheap to produce.

However, although it greatly improves on the result of an original milled binding, it does not change its applications too much. It is still useful for periodicals, which are produced in large numbers, toThe difference is that, due to the increased strength, it is possible to bind pages of different qualities, thicknesses and weights .

Is it possible to add stitching?

It should be noted that in the stitched binding, it is a complement that is added to provide greater strength . AsHowever, it is usually not possible to add any kind of stitching in a mechanical process. This would require a manual binding process. The pages would then be stitched together before being glued, and then glued to the spine of the covers.

These kinds of additions are commonly used in the bookbinding process.when you want to produce something cheap and with a certain durability , but that is not going to be mass produced. One of the most common products for this would be, for example, a doctoral thesis that has required between three and seven years of elaboration. Thus, it can be consulted later as many times as required.

In short, for cheap projects and that do not require great durability, themilled binding is very appropriate


I am Anne Murray and I have been learning the craft of bookbinding since 2006. I have taken classes from several well-known paper and book artists and craftsmen and have also worked on my own to develop my skills. I like to think of my skill development in terms of the language of medieval crafts guilds: I have definitely moved beyond apprentice, but am still in the 'journeyman' stage. I expect one day soon to earn the title of master craftsman.