ZAPOL Group performs all types of binding at any print run size.
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Book binding is the operation most often performed at the bindery. Thanks to our modern, specialist machinery, well-organized work and concentration of all binding processes in one place, ZAPOL Group delivers top-quality completed orders. We specialize in the production of all types of promotional materials, catalogues, brochures, book-style calendars as well as other publication types. The bindings made by ZAPOL Group stand out for the great care put into their completion as well as their aesthetically-pleasing look.

Examples of binding done at ZAPOL Group’s book bindery:

  • sewn case binding, with any number of pages and with a flat back or rounded spine,
  • case binding with foamboard – flat back or rounded spine,
  • perfect binding – glued softcover binding,
  • softcover perfect binding sewn with thread and glued to a card stock cover,
  • Flexcover binding,
  • saddle or loop stitching – the staples can either be flat or “euro” style (loop staples),
  • combined binding,
  • spiral binding,
  • custom binding – according to the individual client’s design or our own.

Most covers can be made in a version with flaps. The covers can be made with tabs according to the client’s ideas. They can be supplemented with a dust jacket and individually shrink wrapped. All covers can also be made with an additional sleeve for a map or CD. The book bindery at ZAPOL Group performs custom binding according to individual client designs.

Methods of wall calendar binding:

  • wall calendar spiral binding using double-loop wire,
  • die cut openings for the spiral binding may be square or round.

Hardcover binding is seen as one of the most prestigious and attractive binding forms. It protects the printed material from damage, but above all it gives the publication an original and one-of-a-kind style. This type of binding can be done in various formats – even non-standard ones – both in portrait layout, i.e. books and publications bound on the longer edge, as well as landscape layout – bound along the shorter edge. The spine may be flat back or rounded (round and backed).

Short print runs often require an individual approach and exclusive binding method. For example, we can produce a natural leather cover with ridges on the spine and wrapped in a refined case.

Types of hardcover binding:

  • hard cover made from 1 mm to 3 mm solid board, but of course the thickness of the board is determined by the client, and once we even produced a 1260-page book with a cover made from 5 mm board. We can also use foamboard, which gives the cover a padded effect,
  • paper-over-board binding, meaning that the cover laminate is made of coated paper with a grammage of 135 g/m 2 to 150 g/m2, which is then laminated with either matte or gloss film,
  • quarter-cloth binding – binding made in such a way that only the spine is covered with natural cloth,
  • half-cloth binding – this binding is made in such a way that only parts of the cover are made from natural cloth, and the rest from paper; for example, we can offer a cover with cloth over only the spine and corners,
  • covering on a paper base (e.g. imitation leather, fabric, etc.),
  • natural covering (e.g. fabric, leather),
  • made by combining various materials, such as cloth and cardboard, metal, wood.

Finishes for hardcover bindings:

  • hot stamping (e.g. gilding),
  • dry debossing or embossing, known as “blind embossing”,
  • metal corners may be added to the cover,
  • spot UV varnish application on the cover,
  • rounded corners, like those found on Moleskine notebooks.

Hardcover book blocks:

  • white or coloured, for example with a double-hued, decorative headband,
  • added bookmark ribbon or several in different colours,
  • cut-out tabs (only on flat back books),
  • glued-on tabs (only on flat back books),
  • the book block can be made with rounded corners,
  • the publication can have an elastic band closure (like on a Moleskine cover),
  • the publication can have a dust jacket as well,
  • the publication can have a fold-out page.


A book’s cover is without a doubt the first element that we notice. Softcover book binding is a form of book finishing and, besides the final trimming to the desired format, it is the final essential process in producing a book, influencing the general form, aesthetics and character of the final publication. Which is why at ZAPOL Group we approach all finishing work with the appropriate care and professionalism.

Types of covers used in softcover book binding:

  • we create soft covers using cover stock with a grammage of 230 g/m2 to 250 g/m2, but we can also make covers from cover stock of greater or lesser grammage – the highest grammage cover stock we have used to create a cover for a softbound book was 350 g/m2,
  • we create covers for softbound books from coated paper (chalk) with a grammage of 250 g/m2 to 300 g/m2, but we can make covers from coated paper of different grammages,
  • flexible PVC covers (Flexcover).

Covers for softcover perfect binding can undergo a variety of decorative finishing processes:

  • cover protection with gloss or matte offset varnish,
  • application of both gloss and matte UV varnish to the cover,
  • lamination with matte, gloss or textured film,
  • hot stamping with metallized or non-metallized foil,
  • dry embossing – “blind” embossing,
  • brocade application,
  • we can die cut covers for softbound books,
  • the covers can have flaps – 8 pages of binding.

Methods of preparing the book block for softcover binding:

  • the assembled block is cut to a depth depending on the number of pages,
  • sewn and perfect-bound book blocks.


Saddle stitching is the cheapest form of binding and allows works with a small number of pages to be bound (e.g. pamphlets, catalogues, training materials, promotional and advertising materials). The stitching can be done with flat or loop staples. It is also called single-fold binding, as the book block is connected at the spine. In this type of binding, the number of pages must be a multiple of 4, so the minimum number of pages that we can bind using this method is 4+4 (4 printed pages and 4 cover pages). The maximum number of pages that can be saddle stitched is 100. ZAPOL Group has even bound 132 pages, as in that particular case the economic factor was decisive for the client. The thickness of the book block has a large influence on the product’s final effect. Which is why the grammage of the book block material should be carefully selected in saddle stitch binding.

In saddle stitch binding, the bound publication is stapled together with metal staples and trimmed to the desired size. In this type of binding, either flat or loop staples (“euro” staples) can be used. The use of loop staples allow the publication to be directly attached to a ring binder. Saddle stitch binding can have its own cover – that is, made from the same material as the book block – as well as a cover made from a higher grammage material. Saddle stitch binding can be done in portrait layout – stitched along the longer side of the publication – or landscape layout, stitched along the shorter side.

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