I’ve been bookbinding again, and now I’m wondering why it’s been such a long time since I last made a book–I am so happy when I’m binding. And I just learned a new binding from The Center for Book Arts called a laced case binding. It doesn’t use any glue, so there’s no mess and you can take it apart (if you’re ever crazy enough to want to). I made two of them. The first one I actually did use a little glue on because I used ribbons instead of paper tapes so I could tie it closed:
The second one I did was honestly non-adhesive. You just sew the book like a normal case binding, but instead of linen tapes or ribbon, you use a nice cover-weight paper like elephant skin (made from Tyvek, not elephants), then weave the tapes through the cover to attach.
On the turn-ins for the cover, instead of gluing them down, you make interlocking tabs that form a little pocket.