LayFlat Binding (also called Otabind or RepKover binding), sounds self-explanatory, but it’s a unique binding technique that is done in two stages. Cold glue is first applied to the spine and, when dried 24 hours later, the cover is attached to endpapers on either side of the spine. This creates a visible gap along the spine, giving Layflat Binding its unique appearance. LayFlat Binding takes patience but produces a superior book!
Layflat Binding has two advantages over regular perfect binding. First, unlike regular books, Layflat Books open almost flat. If your client has a graphics-heavy book design, the images are almost uninterrupted across the spine. Second, because the pages aren’t attached to the spine, continuous opening and closing the book won’t crease the spine! This means the spine remains smooth and book titles and copy are always easily readable.