Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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That characteristic of a bound book which allows the leaves to lie relatively flat when the book is open, with no weight or pressure applied (especially along the binding edge). Openability depends to a certain degree on the size of the book, and to a considerable degree on the weight and thickness of the paper, its grain direction in the book (which should be parallel to the spine), the method of sewing, and the overall quality and structure of the binding. Cf: LYING FLAT .

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