Perfect Bound Booklet Printing

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Perfect Bound Booklet Printing differs from other types of binding by using durable glue to secure all the pages within the spine. Magazine and Catalog printing is perfect for bound booklets (usually). Here are some notable benefits that other binding methods don’t achieve.

  • Perfect Bound Booklet Printing and Binding are capable of securing hundreds of pages and a cover. Compare that to the most popular binding method of stapling or saddle stitching which becomes impractical around 50 pages.
  • Since this binding style omits the folding of saddle stitch booklets all the pages will be the exact same length instead of having the thickness of the spine count against the innermost pages.
  • Perfect binding lasts many years under the proper circumstances.
  • Are you interested in looking professional? Perfect bound books look “higher-budget” than most other binding styles. However, the pricing is very affordable for small quantity projects.

Is Perfect Binding right for your Booklet Project?

While there are distinct benefits to using a perfect bound printing method for your booklet there are other aspects to consider. Perfect binding is a form of Thermally Activated Binding, so it can be sensitive to high temperatures. Remelting the glue takes an excessive amount of heat (several hundred degrees Fahrenheit). But if it gets hot enough it can still make the binding fragile. To offset this try to favor uncoated stock rather than coated (glossy or matte). Uncoated material holds together much better with glue, but coated material still does well.

Another thing to consider is the difference between EVA and PUR glues. EVA is the most common is proper for most applications. But for heavily-used, long-term booklets like textbooks or study books then consider PUR glue. PUR glue is more expensive in every way and is not the type featured here or in most perfect bound printing online. Why don’t we use PUR glue all the time? Primarily because it’s not usually necessary. In general, the slight benefit is not worth the added cost.

Why do we offer Perfect Bound Printing?

Our focus is on maintaining high quality regardless of quantity. So we specialize in small quantity booklet and brochure printing services. It just makes sense that we focus on perfect bound printing online. There are so few capable print shops willing to do this. It goes great with our other products, like mini booklets, notepads, and coupon books.

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Artwork Information

You may upload your artwork or email us files or links to your art files. The important thing is simply to get your artwork files to us. We do not require you to do it in any particular manner. All artwork is reviewed for accuracy and quality by trained personnel prior to printing. Artwork will be proofed with you if necessary, if we need your input, or if you request a proof.

  • Artwork Preparation guidelines:
    • All Products
      • Bleed: 1/8 (0.125) inches on all edges.
      • Content Margin ("safe zone"): 1/8 (0.125) inches from trim.
      • Filetypes: PDF preferred. Other files may be accepted.
    • Saddle Booklets
      • Filetypes: Multipage PDF preferred. Straight pages, not spreads. Other files may be accepted.
      • NOTE: Saddlestitch booklets do not need bleed on the inside edge. This may interfere with spreads if it is the case.
    • Perfect Bound Booklets
      • Gutter between pages is required.

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