Japanese Book Bind

18 March 2010

Chris and I spoke and decided that we wanted to sue a Japanese book bind to create our children's book. The reasons for this were the fact that the book would be large and robust, we could fit quite a few pages in it, and if the book were manufactured properly then it will look very professional. Below I have been looking at a variety of different ways of binding the books and different front covers.

-- I think these books are beautifully done. The materials they use for the covers is magnificent, it gives not only a textured look but when you hold the book it makes it feel more personal then just a plain cover. I really like the thick use of ribbon used as the binder, again instead of hiding the binding it makes it part of the cover, so it all works together.

-- I really love the covers for these books, they make them look so old school. It makes a nice change from just using a dust cover, the only problem is this is more for an adult then a child, as they wouldn't be able to get into the buckles easily, and they will be quite heavy. Having said that I will try and make one of these one day, just to see how easy they are..or not as the case may be.
-- This is a normal bind with a twist, the artist here has clearly decided to use a different pattern instead of the basic in and out and across. I actually prefer this bind, the only problem i can see is that it may bind the book very tight, which we don;t want to do. I really love the symmetry that you can get when using a Japanese bind, it makes the book look so professional and slick.

-- Again this is a variety of different Japanese bound books, but using a variety of different binding techniques. I really like the thick ribbon used, it adds a lovely texture to the books and gives them that extra visual. Each bind is individual and I think it is important to spend time on picking the right bind because they play such a key part to the book.