Smyth Sewn Books
Hardcover Books are Smyth sewn, a chain lock stitch that sews
Smyth sewn is the term for book signatures that are sewn together. Smyth sewn text blocks can be bound with a softcover, like a paperback book. They can also be bound with a hard case, for a hardcover book.
Books that are Smyth sewn are the most securely bound books. People in the industry know that Smyth sewn books are a sign of a top quality, and is a well-known standard for art books and large coffee table books. Smyth sewn works well for coated or uncoated papers.