|A text block made of signatures|
In most case bound books, there is a text block, the "guts" of the book itself. The text block is the collection of sheets of paper within the book; a stack of sewn or glued together pages that are placed within a case. A text block is also likely what one finds most significant in the books on their shelves: in a novel, the text block contains the story; in a dictionary, it contains the words and their definitions; in a phone book, it holds names and numbers.
|A text block and hard-back casing|
A completed text block may also include endsheets, pieces of paper (usually of a heavier weight) that mark the boundary between cover and text. Though the process is different for casing in hard- and soft- cover books, both text blocks often use endsheets in order to be properly glued into the their respective front and back covers.
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