Perfect bound book printing is the most popular type of soft cover binding. Perfect bound books offer a durable, high quality professional look at an affordable price that can't be matched. It is the ideal binding choice for publications with higher page counts (28 pages up to 2 inches thick) such as catalogs, magazines, books, manuals, and more.
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Perfect binding booklet printing is single sheets (text weight) paper printed on both sides and collated in page number order, one on top of the other, and gathered into a book block. The spine edge is ground off. The softcover (a thicker cardstock) is placed over and around the book block (interior pages) and attached by the application of a strong yet flexible PUR glue along the binding edge, creating a professional looking square spine that can be printed on.
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Gloss paper has a shiny and lustrous smooth coated gloss finish. Excellent for making full color printing appear more vibrant.
Matte paper is a dull coated sheet that exhibits low gloss finish. Paper has minimal glare, making it easier to read text.
Uncoated paper is easy to write on and should be used in projects such as a workbook or coloring book.
Perfect Bound book printing may be used for a variety of purposes, such as self-publishing your own Art Book, Manual Book, Coffee Table Book, Guide Book, and so much more. Soft Cover Books are particularly useful for printing thick, higher page count books that cannot be saddle-stitched. PrintingCenterUSA produces high-quality perfect bound books with an expert, paperback appearance.
Display your products with images, descriptions, and prices. Add a way to track your conversions (like a QR code or special promo code) so you can easily determine the ROI. Companies with printed catalogs can boost sales 49%.
Preserve special events and milestones for your family and friends with a memory photo book. They are an easy way to give a touching gift for holidays and birthdays.
Self-publish and start a monthly or quarterly magazine. Whether it’s a hobby, lifestyle, passion project, or business magazine, perfect binding is definitely your best binding option.
Let PrintingCenterUSA take your perfect bound book project from concept to finished product! We have worked with and helped a number of businesses, non-profits, religious organizations, schools, and educational institutions design and print. Below are ideas, case studies, and examples from real customers to help you get the most out of your next bound book printing project!
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Perfect bound books are used to make a high-end impression on your business partners, potential customers, potential and existing client base, etc. Since perfect binding allows for a higher page count (28 pages up to 2 inches thick), you can provide a substantial amount of information in a professional-looking manner. The sharp, square spine is sure to boost customer confidence and brand recognition.
You can use these books for professional presentations, to express yourself, tell a story, train employees, self-publish a magazine, and many more options!.
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Bleed is an extra 1/8” of image that extends beyond the trim area of your printed piece. The project is printed on an oversized sheet that is cut down to size with the appearance that the image is “bleeding” off the edge of the paper. Learn More
What is the Minimum Page Count for Perfect Binding?
The minimum number of pages is 28 pages to 2" thick maximum. 2 page increments are required when ordering. Click here to learn more about page count for perfect binding.
What is perfect binding?
Perfect binding is when printed sheets are collated in page order, trimmed down to final size, and then finished by wrapping a cardstock cover around the pages, creating a square spine.
What is the difference between perfect bound and saddle stitch?
Printed sheets are gathered into a book, one on top of the other and the edges are ground off and the book is glued into a wrap around cover and then trimmed to size. This type of perfect bind creates a square spine. They provide an attractive looking durable book. They do not lay flat. Perfect bound book printing is great for directories, magazines, manuals, year books or any type of booklet that has many pages.
Perfect bound can have anywhere from 28 pages up to 2” thick. If it’s thick enough, you can design on the spine. A square spine gives it a very professional, high-quality look and feel. Saddle stitch can have as few as 8 pages and a maximum of 92. Saddle stitch is the most affordable and cost-effective option and it will lay flat and stay open when flipping through the pages. It does not have a printable spine.
Can I print on the spine?
Yes! You can print on the spine of perfect bound books as long as your page count is high enough. The spine width depends on the number of pages and the type of paper selected when ordering.
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How Much Does it Cost to Get a Perfect Bound Book Printed?
You can get 100 copies of an 8.5” x 11” 36 page Softcover Perfect Bound Book on 80# Gloss Cover and 100# Gloss Text, Full Color, (4/4) printed and delivered to your doorstep in 4-11 business days with our Wait & Save Production Time option for only $733.74 ($7.34 each) or 500 copies for only $2,147.54 ($4.30 each) plus shipping and handling at PrintingCenterUSA.com. Get an instant price on our cost calculator.
|8.5 x 11||$7.34 each |
|$4.30 each |
|$2.13 each |
|$1.84 each |
|$1.73 each |
|5.5 x 8.5||$5.11 each |
|$2.30 each |
|$1.34 each |
|$1.26 each |
|$1.14 each |
|6 x 9||$6.50 each |
|$2.74 each |
|$1.76 each |
|$1.53 each |
|$1.47 each |
• These are examples of our everyday competitive prices.
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How to Print a Perfect Bound Book in 7 Easy and Affordable Steps
- Gather all of your Perfect Bound Book project’s content and images.
- Place and format your content and images in an Adobe Suite Program (InDesign or Illustrator) OR: Use our online design tool or downloadable templates to create your perfect bound book. Click Here for Perfect Binding Design Tips.
- Enter your Binding, Size, Quantity, # of Pages, Ink, Paper, In-Hand Delivery Date and get an Instant Quote.
- Order & Upload your print-ready PDF.
- We will then run your files through our 43-point checklist and send you a PDF or Hard Copy Proof for you to approve or reject.
- When approved, we will schedule and print your perfect bound book with a softcover that is thicker and more durable than the inside pages.
- Your perfect bound book will be delivered to your doorstep as promised for you to enjoy and distribute your perfect bound books.
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