A type of reinforced binding designed for libraries, schools, or other applications where a book might experience high circulation. In some cases a library or institution will replace the original binding of a book or periodical with a strong, utilitarian binding. In other cases, a publisher will offer a library binding edition as an option directly from the publisher or distributor, especially as an option for paper back original (pbo). As a result of differing ways that a book may receive a library binding there is not one typical appearance of library bound editions, but a typical version of a library binding produced by a publisher would be similar to a standard high school or college textbook with glossy pictorial paper over stiff cardboard with reinforced hinges.
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