Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sewn Binding?

I noticed that a new Classic Reference Edition ESV is available. The only thing I can see that is different is that it has "sewn binding." Can someone help me out? What does that mean?


Clif Cummings said...


My best guess is that it means that the pages are sewn into the binding -- not glued as is the case of most books.
Found this on Google -
1. A binding can be either (a) sewn or (b) glued. Sewn bindings are better quality and will last longer, but glued bindings are cheaper. If you've ever had pages -- or whole sections -- fall out of your Bible after use, the odds are it had a glued binding. If you're looking for a Bible that will last, get one with a sewn binding. Having said that, if you're careful with a glued binding, it can last a good while, too.

Paul Roberts said...

You definitely want a sewn binding in your bible.

If you look at a well-bound book from the top, you will see that it consists of several sections of folded pages called "signatures." These signatures are then sewn together and usually onto cords, but not to the cover. Such a sewn "text block" will last long enough to see several covers before it wears out. Bindings that are not sewn are just individual pages glued together like a notepad and will begin losing pages.

I hope this helps.