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Coil, or spiral binding, is a commonly used book binding style for creating documents, reports, presentations and proposals. Documents bound with coil can open flat on a desk or table and offer 360 degree rotation for easy note taking. This binding style is durable and is often used for documents that need to be mailed. Spiral coil binding spines are also available in more colors and sizes than other binding styles.
A paperback (also known as softback or softcover) is a type of book characterized by a thick paper or paperboard cover, and often held together with glue rather than stitches or staples. In contrast, hardcover or hardback books are bound with cardboard covered with cloth; although more expensive, hardbacks are more durable. Inexpensive books,
paperback editions of books are issued when a publisher decides to release a book in a low-cost format. Basic paper, glued bindings, and the lack of a hard cover contribute to the inherent low cost of paperbacks.
A hardcover, hardback, or hardbound is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, buckram, or occasionally leather). They may have flexible, sewn spines which allow the book to lie flat on a surface when opened, although most modern commercial hardcover books have glued spines.
Hardcover books are much more durable than paperbacks, which have flexible, easily damaged paper covers. Hardcover books are also marginally more expensive to manufacture and are usually much more expensive. Hardcovers traditionally came with artistic dust jackets, but a "jacketless" alternative is becoming increasingly more popular.