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Perfect Bound Books

Perfect Bound Books

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The #1 binding option for softcover books.

Perfect binding has rapidly become the leading choice for softcover books, especially paperbacks. It is very popular in the business world because it delivers a high-quality presentation at a very reasonable cost. Perfect binding is frequently used for corporate reports, catalogs, product brochures, manuals, and magazines.

Perfect bound books costs less to produce than hardcover books, and the square spine allows for printing on it. Perfect binding produces a strong, durable spine that won’t crack or break due to extreme high or low temperatures. The low production costs make perfect binding affordable for short-run print projects.

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  • Perfect bound books, or soft-cover books, uses a clean and elegant glue bind to give your readers the ultimate reading experience.
  • An excellent option for self-published books, catalogs, magazines, or any premium product.
  • Choose from endless paper and finishing options that fit your brand.
  • A premium reading experience, bound to impress.
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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.

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    What is perfect binding?

    Perfect binding uses glue as an adhesive to stick the interior pages and the cover together.

    Perfect bound books are more commonly known as soft-cover books, which you may find in your own library.

    What type of glue do you use?

    There are two types of glue that we use, depending on what product you order. Our standard perfect bound books use EVA glue, whereas our PUR perfect bound books use PUR glue.

    PUR glue is used for books that require a stronger bind. This includes book applications that required durable, lay-flat binding or books with over 150 pages.

    Get more information about PUR Perfect Bound Books.

    Why is it called perfect binding?

    Before binding, the pages and the cover are cut to the exact same size. This enables them to line up perfectly during the binding process so that no pages stick out farther than any other.

    What is the best page count for perfect binding books?

    It depends on the thickness of the paper and the number of pages. Generally speaking, perfecting binding is not well suited for books with a minimal number of pages. The more pages in the book, the more perfect binding becomes the best option.

    Can I put printing on the spine of a perfect bound book?

    Yes. Perfect binding creates a flat spine that allows for printing the name of the book and the author.

    Which is better – perfect binding or hardcover binding?

    It depends on many factors, including the number of pages and how long you want the book to last. For the right book project, perfect binding offers several advantages over hardcover binding.

    • Lighter in weight
    • Faster turnaround time
    • Ability to lay the book flat without damaging it
    • Lower cost than hardback
    What are the most common uses for Perfect Bound Books?

    Because perfect binding is such a versatile product, we see this type of binding used for catalogs, magazines, manuals, self-published books, children’s books and much more.

    How soon can I get my perfect bound books?

    Your exact delivery dates may vary depending on quantity ordered and page count, but the fastest delivery options will get your perfect bound books in your hands within 2 business days.

    Need same day or next day service? Contact us.

    Why use Printivity’s perfect bound printing service?

    Every order comes backed with our customer satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with our quality, we do our best to make it right.


    Why choose perfect bound book binding over other options?

    Perfect bound binding is great for any content that would fit in the format of the regular paperback books we all know and love. Documents such as instructional manuals, fiction, non-fiction, and all other manner of text is ideal in the perfect bound format. If you have content that you need to be printed inexpensively, that you want to last, perfect bound is your best choice. Further, depending on the paper stock that is used, a perfect binding book can support internal illustrations and full color glossy sections. Perfect binding is the default method of printing for most books over 100 pages today. One final feature of note for perfect bound books is that the format is perfect for Print-On-Demand books and small print runs.

    How does the process work?

    In the perfect bound printing process, the pages and cover are attached to the spine using a special bookbinding glue that’s strong and flexible. After this, the edges of the book are trimmed, giving the book clean and “perfect” edges. The spine of a perfect bound book should be at least one quarter inch.

    Perfect bound book printing is best for book printing between 100 and 300 pages. After 300 pages, perfect bound books become too wieldy, and should either be split up into multiple volumes, or bound with a different method such as hard bound or spiral bound. This is one of the reasons why large college textbooks are usually hardcover as opposed to perfect bound. Perfect binding is the standard for all forms of paperbacks, and is widely used all over the world. You can find perfect bound books (paperbacks) in newsstands and libraries everywhere.

    How can I customize my perfect bound book?

    Perfect bound book printing is a great choice for books with illustrations and heavy design elements. Unlike saddle stitch bound documents, perfect bound booklets are designed page by page. This is because each page for a perfect bound volume is printed individually, as opposed to saddle stitched booklet printing which uses a two-page spread for each piece of paper printed.

    In going to print, make sure that your color settings are for CMYK (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Black) color printing standard as opposed to RGB (Red, Green, Blue). Under RGB settings, the colors in your printed document will likely not end up appearing as they did on screen. CMYK is the standard for printing, and will best represent the content you’ve put so much thought into designing.

    Another important aspect to consider is the gutter, the loss of a quarter to half an inch of space due to the book’s spine. The thicker your book, the more space you will need to account for.

    Finally, don’t forget to account for bleed, the amount of background that will need to be trimmed off during the printing process. Bleed dimensions are between 0.125” and 0.25” (30MM to 60MM.)

    The layout of font, style, and shape will largely depend on what paper stock you choose to use, as well and other design factors. If you’re not sure what choices to make, give us a call, and we’ll be glad to smooth out the design kinks with you. This is one of our most popular products and we have a wealth of experience to help walk you through ordering from start to finish.

    Fun facts from history

    Perfect binding was invented in 1895. However, it wasn’t used on a large scale until 1931. In this year, the German publisher Albatross Books used the perfect binding format for the first mass production of paperbacks. This was quickly duplicated by Penguin Books and Pocket Books in in 1935.

    in 1940, DuPont Chemical Company invented the hot melt adhesive used in perfect book binding today. Cold glues that were used before DuPont’s invention became dry and brittle over time, leading to the rapid decay of perfect bound books. This innovation greatly extended the life of perfect bound books.

    Creative uses

    The most notable use for perfectly bound books is in publishing. Perfect binding is ideal for nearly any paperback book, illustrated or not, in any conventional size format. Even many fashion magazines use perfect binding for their large, glossy magazines. Any document over 100 pages that is meant to last is a perfect candidate for perfect binding.

    Business uses

    Often, companies find themselves in the business of publishing, even if they are not publishers—annual reports, documentation, statistics, and so on. The largest companies, especially accounting and law firms, have their own internal printing departments engage in bound book printing of all kinds, using printing processes as detailed as those of any print shop. Usually, the documents to be published using perfect bound printing are of an important enough nature that they must be made to last. These texts can include internal documentation, technical manuals for products, and more.

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