What are the different Binding Terminologies?

Good communication starts with a clear understanding ofbindery terminology. Book binders speak a different language than printers and designers. Although there is a glossary in the back of this book, there are a few things you must know up front.

Binding TerminologiesHead The top of a book

Tail The bottom [also called foot] of a book

Face The front of a book

Spine The bound edge of a book

Almost everyone involved in print production agrees that thesingle biggest error made in project planning is the miscom-munication regarding the number of pages versus sheets whichare to be in a finished book. Often used interchangeably, theydo not mean the same thing.

Leaf A single sheet of paper in a book [one leaf equals two pages]

Sheet Also called a leaf

Page One side of a sheet/leaf of paper

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