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Order Perfect Bound Book Printing and Binding

  • Perfect-bound, or softcover, books use a glue bind like most books you’d find in a store or library
  • This method can accommodate projects ranging from 30 to 200 pages—making it great for self-published books, catalogues, magazines, and more
  • Perfect binding offers a broad selection of paper types, coating, and sizing options to fit your needs
  • It continues to be an economical printing option, while offering a premium look and feel

Why Printivity

Perfect-bound booklets: A premium, professional reading experience

You don’t have to be a famous author for your work to feel like a masterpiece. Perfect-bound booklets elevate your project—whether it’s a report or a catalogue, a manual or a magazine—by using a professional glue binding. So no matter whether it lives on a library shelf or in a desk drawer, your piece will always command attention.

Design? Done.

You don’t have to be a Photoshop master to create a million-dollar perfect bound book design. At Printivity, we put our expertise to work for you—providing guidance on visuals to elevate your business.

Check, check, and check again

At Printivity, we never blindly press the “print” button. Instead, we take the time to review your files and create a digital proof that works for you. And if we think there’s another option that’s better for your order, we’ll let you know—without delaying final delivery.

Our service promise

Our policy is simple: we guarantee that your project will meet your expectations. If not, we’ll reprint it for free or give you a full refund. For more details, check out our terms and conditions.

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  • Preferred File Format: PDF.
  • Accepted File Formats: DOC, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIFF, AI, PSD, PUB, PPT.
  • Resolution: 300 DPI.
  • Color Space: We prefer CMYK (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/blacK). If you use RGB, the colors on the print may turn out, in some cases, different than what you're expecting.
  • Fonts: Please flatten your documents before sending your file. If you use a special font which our system can not recognize, the document will replace your font with another font in our system.

  • Need help? Contact us or visit our help center.

    FAQ

    What is perfect binding?
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    Perfect binding uses glue to hold the pages of your book together. Perfect-bound books are more commonly known as softcover books.

    What type of glue does perfect binding use?
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    We use two types of glue depending on the product you order. For our standard perfect-bound books, we use traditional EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) glue. For our PUR perfect-bound books, we use PUR (polyurethane reactive) glue—a stronger adhesive that can provide more durability, flexibility, and longevity, especially for books over 150 pages.

    Which is better: perfect binding or hardcover binding?
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    The binding process you choose depends on many factors, including the number of pages in your book and how long you want it to last. However, perfect binding does offer a number of key advantages over its hardcover counterpart.

    Perfect binding …

    • Is lighter in weight
    • Has a faster turnaround time
    • Enables users to lay the book flat without damaging it
    • Is less expensive
    What are the most common uses for perfect binding?
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    Perfect binding is incredibly versatile and can be used across a wide range of products—from catalogues and magazines to self-published books, children’s books, and beyond.

    How many pages are best for perfect binding?
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    Though it ultimately depends on the thickness of the paper, perfect-bound books can generally be as short as 30 or as long as 200 pages. For longer page counts order PUR perfect bound books: it's the same clean, crisp glue-binding binding but with a stronger, more durable glue.

    Can I print on the spine of a perfect-bound book?
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    Yes. Perfect binding creates a flat spine, so it’s possible to print on this surface.

    When will I receive my perfect-bound books?
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    Delivery dates vary depending on the quantity and page count of your order, but our standard turnaround time is typically 4 days.

    For faster turnarounds, select a delivery date in your cart.

    What is the difference between saddle stitch and perfect binding?
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    Saddle stitched booklets are bound with two staples, perfect binding bound using glue. Perfect bound books have a cleaner look and feel and is a great option for page counts above 64 pages.

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    Perfect binding is a popular binding method frequently used for paperback/softcover books, magazines, and catalogs. Perfect bound books use melted EVA glue to bind the book guts with the covers.

    This article is about the book printing & binding process, and the kinds of applications perfect bound books are most typically used for.

    Equipment needed for perfect binding

    When a printing company prepares to perfect bind a book, they need the following equipment:

    • A stack of book guts, uncut
    • A stack of book covers
    • Creasing machine or scoring machine (for the covers)
    • Perfect binding machine
    • Guillotine cutter (for the 3-knife trim after binding)

    The printing for perfect binding is pretty straightforward—you need a set of guts (the interior sheets), as well as covers that have a spine designed for it. Note: perfect bound books require spines to be designed; other popular binding techniques like saddle-stitching, spiral binding, and wire-o binding do not require a spines to be designed and printed.

    Step 1: Crease the hinges of the cover

    Before binding the books, the covers need to have their hinges prepared for folding. If the perfect bound book covers are not prepared, the covers will be crack-prone and will not bend in a consistent manner. This process creates the hinges on the front and back covers of the book.

    The difference between creasing and scoring covers is that creasing is done by knocking an indentation into the cardstock covers with a wedge. Scored covers, on the other hand, use a process that is a bit like a pizza slicer—a rotating disk is used to indent the sheet of paper.

    Step 2: Perfect bind the covers and guts of the book

    Then there is the bind: the perfect binding process uses a perfect binding machine to bind the covers to the book. The machine itself first grinds down the binding edge of the book to help the glue get a better grip on the books. Then, it applies the glue onto the leaves (i.e. unbound sheets of paper) of the guts. And lastly, the perfect binding machine applies the cover onto the guts, and clamps down for a brief moment.

    Step 3: The 3-knife Trim

    The last part of the process is known as the 3-knife trim. Up until now, the guts and the covers have been done on larger sheets of paper. Perfect binding is done on larger sheets of paper and then trimmed down so that the final cuts make the books crisply clean on all the edges—no unevenness and no excess glue.

    This process is called a 3-knife trim because there are 3 cuts to be made: the top cut, the bottom cut, and the face cut. The face cut cuts off the side that is opposite of the binding edge. Basically, the printing company cuts all 3 sides other than the binding edge.

    Perfect binding tip: Shrink-wrap your books before shipping

    Shrink-wrapping your perfect bound book before shipping protects the covers from getting damaged and scratched. Keeping the booking in small shrink-wrapped packages keeps the books from moving around during the shipping process.

    This is usually not a problem when ordering and picking up perfect bound books from a local printing company. However, as more printing shifts to online printing, binding, and shipping, this has become an issue.

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