The process of folding the papers on which there are printed books, periodicals, brochures and any other similar written or pictorial works according to the order of page and signature and putting a folder as a protection on them after they constitute blocks and putting a folder as a protection on them or engaging them so that they will not separate after they constitute blocks and the processes like that are called binding and this art is called the art of binding.
This is a valid explanation only as a general identification. Binder does not only mean binding a book or a magazine. For example, there is a work to be printed on the printing machine. The process of cutting the printing papers in the desired size, of folding the signatures with the page number in a way to follow each other, of sewing them in order or engaging them with wire sewing (stapling), of making creasing line, of making processes such as embossing are all the work of binding.
In today’s world the work of binding has been developed greatly. With the developments of technology, blending the signatures, the sewing with glue, placing the cover, all cutting processes and even packaging processes are carried out by the machines. After printing, it carries out the function of a mirror showing the final situation of a printed work.
No matter how perfect the preparation and the film, the paper, the printing were, the appearance and the quality of the work after releasing from the bindery are the real art. Let’s remember some incidents we experience (we experience them for sure) nowadays, that arises from some faulty bindings and bothers us. You want to buy a book. You take the book you like in your hand. Would you buy a book with a sinuously attached binder, messed signatures, swelled cellophane, unparallel and faulty side cuttings? Or would you prefer a more decent book with none of these mistakes?
So, the importance of the work of binding which is the most important part of the post-printing gets revealed here.