The process is actually quite simple. You either bring your printed copies to our bindery, alternatively, supply your thesis on a flash drive and we will print your copies for you. We will discuss the various binding options with you, from the cover material required, to the gold foiling / lettering required on the front of the cover, and if required, the spine as well. Once you have made your choices, we can then start the binding process.
Firstly, we take each printed set of pages, attach front and back end-papers to the sheets and then we align all the pages. (This is called “knocking-up” the pages in our layman terms, to ensure that the book pages are 100% square). The two end papers are the sheets that get glued onto the front and back of the hard cover, once the book block has been back glued.
From here, we take the “knocked-up” book block to have the spine glued via our hotmelt back gluing / nipping machine. This process is entails roughing up the spine to ensure that the glue is “forced” between the spine pages, so that you book won’t fall apart and will be extremely durable.