For over 20 years we’ve made Hard Casing look easy

Hard Cover. Hard Case. Case Bound. No matter what you call it, our continuous awards since the 1990s confirm we are Australia’s first choice for the Hard Casing of premium quality books.

Ten or more processes may be involved in the binding of a book in the traditional “hard cover” or “case bound” style. The basic stages are folding; collating and gathering; sewing; endpapering; trimming; rounding and backing; back lining; making cases; casing-in; pressing and jointing; dust jacketing.

The book blocks may be Perfect Bound, Burst Bound, PUR Bound or Section Sewn.

After the book blocks have been bound, they are glued with a lining applied to the spine. The trimmed book block is then cased-in with endpapers into a hard case.


When considering a Hard Case book, the following options are available:
  • Square back or round back
  • Head and tail bands
  • Foil stamping on the case (available on the front, spine or both)
Endpapers must:
  • Be the same size (head to tail) as the folded section that it is being tipped onto
  • Be produced on an uncoated wood-free 140gsm paper stock
  • Have the grain running head to tail
  • Have a 7mm ink and coating free area. The sections that they are being tipped onto (for example, the first and last sections) also require a 7mm (if Section Sewn) or 10mm (if Adhesive Bound) ink and coating free area to ensure adequate bonding

A dummy should be produced for all Hard Case Bound books to determine the exact dimensions of the book block for the case (cover) and a dust jacket if required

minimum and maximum sizes

(Automatic production)

Hard Case Binding

Description Dimensions
Minimum size: 100 x 100mm
Maximum size: 375 x 300mm
Minimum spine width: 3mm
Maximum spine width: 80mm*

Case Making: Sizes of Cases opened flat

Description Dimensions
Minimum size: 110 x 155mm
Maximum size: 380 x 660mm
Joint width: 4–12mm
Turn in width: 15mm

*Maximum spine width will vary at top end of size range – please consult our estimators

Case Making

When it comes to making hard cases, we’re the professionals. We’re more than happy to offer advice when it comes to which paper, linen, leather or any other material is right for you. We can also offer advice on adding round corners, brass corners, foiling, dust jackets and more.

what we need


  • Please advise if the book is to be round backed or square back.
  • Please specify the thickness of the board for the case. These can be 1800um (24 oz), 2400um (32 oz) or 3000um (40 oz).
  • Please specify the material to be used for the case material, for example Wibalin (printed or plain), vinyl cloth, linen, imitation or real leather, printed or laminated paper
  • The maximum case material weight is 150gsm (preferably 135gsm)
  • If the case material is to be printed paper, ensure it is laminated
  • If case material is printed, allow 25mm bleed on all edges over and above the finished size (open book size including spine width) to allow for case overhang and material turn-ins
  • The case will be bigger than the book block, usually by 4mm on the head, tail and fore-edge
  • Always check the availability and colours of all case material and head and tail bands if The Bindery is to supply them


  • Please specify if the case material is to be foil stamped or debossed
  • Is the foil stamping on front, spine or both
  • Film supplied for any foil stamping on the case should be negative
  • A PDF file should be supplied for any foil stamping on the case

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hard case?

Try Perfect, Burst, PUR or
Section Sewn Binding


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