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About our binding options

Many of our printed documents include options in how you would like to have the part or score bound - a unique ability thanks to our print on demand technology. Below are descriptions of each binding type. To choose a different binding, look for "Binding Upgrade Options" on any product page, or, for products without online binding options, please visit this page.

Flat Binding

Flat Bound

Flat bound documents are a booklet folded in the middle, with staples securing the part allowing for easy use on a stand. Most parts and shorter scores are bound in this manner.

Laminate Cover

Flat Bound with Laminated Cover

Bound identically to a flat bound part, a laminated cover gives extra durability to your music. We utilize a thermal laminate that provides a sturdy cover, but with enough flexibility to allow music to lay flat. Laminate is applied before binding, creating additional reinforcement for the stapled binding for years of use. For those that prefer an adhesive laminate, simply let us know when placing your order and we'll gladly laminate your books with the same library grade adhesive laminate we use for paperback books at no additional charge.

Spiral Bound  

Spiral Bound

Spiral bound douments are a book held together with a plastic coil along the left hand side of the book, allowing thicker scores to lie flat on a stand. Most large scores and some scores and parts that are printed in a landscape orientation are bound with spiral binding. Laminated covers are also available with spiral bound books.

Paperback Book  

Paperback Bound

Paperback bound documents are bound using a traditional paperback book binding, creating a sturdy binding that is ideal for studying or transport. A paperback book will not easily lie flat on a stand, however is more durable than spiral binding. Laminated covers are also available with paperback bound books, using a library grade adhesive laminate that covers the entire exterior side of your book with a plastic reinforcement. The cover wraps around the edges and adheres to the edge of the inside cover using a technique used by many libraries to protect their books.

Hardcover Book  

Hardcover Bound

Hardcover bound documents are bound using a glued spine adhering the pages together with a hard cover that has been crimped. This is our most durable cover, ideal for long term usage, however scores will not lie flat on a stand with a hard cover without damaging the binding.