What is Otabind?

Otabind meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

The trade name for a relatively new type of adhesive binding that opens flat without any resistance and has the internal characteristics of a binding sewn through the fold. Two different cold emulsion polyvinyl acetate (PVA) adhesives are applied separately to the binding edge, providing maximum strength and flexibility when allowed to dry naturally. The cover is attached with hot-melt adhesive, not to the spine but to the sides of the text block, leaving a hollow back. Click here to see examples of Otabind, courtesy of Buchbinderei Grollimund AG.The hot-melt adhesives used in perfect binding have a clamping effect that hampers openability. They also have low cold-crack resistance, which makes them unsuitable for use in countries that experience extreme winter temperatures. The impetus for the development of an enhanced adhesive binding came from the Finnish publisher Otava. Otabind International was founded in 1986 by the Dutch binder Gerard Hexspoor in cooperation with Muller Martini, a Swiss manufacturer of binding equipment. The method was introduced in the United States and Canada in 1988 and is especially suitable for volumes that must open flat (instruction manuals, music books, textbooks, travel guides, cookbooks, etc.). Its durability is several times that of conventional perfect binding.


reference: ABC-CLIO