Library Binding, Textbook Rebinding, Fine & Hand Binding, Trade Binding, Thesis Book Binding, Prebinding


High Quality Trade Binding

In continuous operation since 1821, AcmeBinding has carved a recognized niche in the trade binding industry. We are well known for providing the highest quality bookbinding to discriminating publishers, printers, book designers and museums.

Flexible Scheduling – On Time Delivery

Because binding is the very last step in the creation of any book, we specialize in overcoming last-minute challenges such as late receipt of printed sheets, last minute specification changes, added tip-ons, unscheduled jobs and more.

We stay on top of each and every job, from prompt quotation to as-promised delivery. AcmeBinding always meets or beats promised delivery schedules!

Unmatched Experience and Service

With experience and personal service that is unmatched in the industry, we are your partner in complete project design and planning. 

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About Trade Binding

We produce both hardcover bindings and paperback bindings, either Smyth-sewn or perfect bound, in our 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts.


Tradebinding sample

In addition to standard-sized case bound books produced on Stahl/VBF in-line equipment, we use a wide range of automated equipment to produce oblong and oversized books up to 15″ wide and 15″ tall. Our paperback bindings can be perfect bound, Smyth-sewn or Smyth-sewn with the paper cover glued-solid to the end paper, which is the highest quality paper cover binding method.

Trade Bound Book Samples


Binding Options

Binding options include single or 3-piece covers, printed dust jackets and decorative headbands. As part of our trade binding service, we offer advice on printing layout, signature imposition, material selection, cover design, and other aspects of the book manufacturing process.

We can also provide:

  • Stamping proofs
  • Prototype books
  • Hand bound advance copies
  • Samples of cloth, endpapers, headbands and foils.
Binding Equipment


Fulfillment Services

Fulfillment services include the following:

  • Shrink wrapping
  • Label mounting
  • Disk/CD insertion
  • Individual boxing
  • Multiple location shipping

Equipment Capacities

Folding Capacity 42″ x 60″

  • Smyth Sew (Automatic Feed) 12-1/2″ x 16-1/2″
  • Smyth Sew (Hand Feed) 13-1/4″ x 20″
  • National Sew (Hand Feed) 15″ x 17″
  • Stahl/VBF High Speed Case Line 11-7/8″ x 14-7/8″ (book size)
  • Oversize Case Binding Line 15″ x 15″ (book size)
  • Stahl/VBF Case Maker 15-15/16″ x 23-5/8″ (flat case)
  • Oversize Case Maker 15″ x 28″ (Flat case)
  • Kolbus High speed Stamper 17″ x 24″ (flat case)
  • Kolbus Jacketing Machine 10-1/2″ x 13″ (book size) 4-1/4″ maximum flap fold
  • Kolbus 30-pocket Perfect Binder (paperback books) 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ min. 11-3/4″ x 15″ max.

Related Products

  • Menu Covers
  • Turned-edge construction ring binders and pocket binders
  • Diploma cases
  • Game boards
  • Custom designed special products

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In addition to high quality trade binding, our BookPartners division offers a wide variety of short run, hard cover binding in small quantities ranging from 25 to 1,000 volumes of a given title. Case options include custom graphic covers or cloth covers with hot foil stamped lettering and custom, artistic die stamping options;  specialties include trade publications, juvenile titles, genealogies, and individual manuscripts.

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