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Perfect Bound Books
Perfect bound books (known as softback or paperback) with no minimum quantity. Ideal for yearbooks, manuals, children's book, reports and general publishing. Retail quality printing and binding for any quantity from a single book to thousands. Go to our YouTube channel if you'd like to see a video about perfect bound books and how we make them.
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You can choose any quantity you like from 1 to thousands.
These are the size documents that you can choose from:
What is "small A5"? Well you will see this being advertised as A5 by other companies!
For technical reasons, if you want an physical DIN A5 size book you need to start off with a larger sheet of paper. It's pretty simple, a larger sheet of paper costs more! We don't want to pull the wool over your eyes and call it A5 (when it isn't), so we offer you the choice. If you want A5 you can have it. If you want a slightly smaller size and pay a bit less, you've got that option as well. The same principle applies for "Small A4". Truthfully, it's not A4, so we don't call it that! However, it's a cheaper way of getting a near A4 size and if that suits your requirements, it's a good choice. You can design your pages to factor in these actual "small" sizes, or supply the pages as A5/A4 and we'll reduce them in size slightly to fit.
Small sized A5 and A4 are not available with all paper types.
We can do custom sizes where technically possible, but these will cost a small amount more. Please have a chat with the helpdesk on 01452 751900 to discuss.
EVA is how most paperback books are bound. It is best suited to uncoated (i.e. matt, not gloss or silk) paper of 120gsm or less.
PUR is a slightly more expensive binding method and is required to create a strong bind on gloss or silk papers. The glue spine of a PUR bound book is also stronger and more flexible compared with EVA. This means that the book can open flatter and we can bind thicker pages without the danger of them breaking the spine.
Portrait means that the width is less than the height, landscape means that the width is greater than the height. Think of paintings on a wall, landscape paintings tend to be wider than they are tall, portraits tend to be narrower than they are tall. For example, an A5 book (210x148mm) would be bound on the 210mm edge (long edge) for a portrait book or on the 148mm edge (short edge) for a landscape book.
You can choose from the following options:
Remember - it's best practice that no printing should be on or near the spine on the INSIDE of the cover as this reduces the strength of the binding. You can usually get away with this with PUR binding, but not EVA.
Gatefold flaps are also known as French flaps. This is an extended front and back cover, where the flaps fold in toward the book block (the book block is also known as the text of the book). This type of cover is generally used for more upmarket books and many people think this gives something of the look of a hardback book with a dust jacket. The flaps can be used as a bookmark by the reader and generally allow more print area on the cover. Please make sure that you read the artwork preparation guide very carefully for sizes and LIMITATIONS as this is usually an option chosen by experienced designers. It is not an option that you can choose without thinking it through thoroughly and usually chatting with us about it!
You cannot use gloss or silk covers with EVA binding. If you want gloss or silk covers, you must choose PUR binding.
You can chose from a white matt cover in two different weights, or an off white recycled cover, or a gloss cover, or a silk cover.
In general we recommend that you keep the cover matching the inner paper. For example, if you want an off white recycled paper for your book block (the inner pages), an off white cover will match it in appearance. However, you can choose any combination you wish - it's your book!
This option specifies a thin plastic laminate coating to the outside of your cover. You can choose either a high gloss flat matt or soft touch (matt) laminate. All significantly enhance the appearance and increase the durability of the book.
Please note that if you have heavy ink coverage (for example a solid colour) on the spine or hinges of your book cover, this will almost certainly crack unless your cover is laminated. Cracking means that you will be able to see the white paper beneath the printing.
There are four different options available:
All B&W (Standard Quality)
Standard Quality Black & White is printed on the latest generation digital production printers. The quality is very good, resulting in crisp text, graphics and photographs. The print quality of photographs is good, and works well for many types of books, but this is not the highest print quality that we can offer.
We do not recommend high toner (ink) coverage with Standard Quality printing, as a general rule you should not exceed 30-40% toner coverage.
All B&W (High Quality)
This is our highest quality black and white printing for near photographic reproduction. Some people print very large areas of solids (i.e. covering nearly all of the page) when selecting B&W printing and although this can produce striking results, it is not recommended (you will get better and more consistent results using CMYK Rich Black).
A mixture of Colour and High Quality B&W
If you require some Colour pages and some Black & White pages, choose this option. It is not possible to mix Standard Black & White and Colour in the same book.
Full colour printed on a colour digital press for near photographic reproduction. These presses are used for photobook printing and you should choose this option if that is the type of finish you wish to achieve.
Why not request some samples from the helpdesk so that you can see the quality of the printing before ordering?
This is pages, not sheets. For example, book with 100 sheets of paper inside is a 200 page book.
This is pages, not sheets. For example, book with 100 sheets of paper inside is a 200 page book.
You cannot use gloss or silk paper with EVA binding. If you want gloss or silk covers, you must choose PUR binding.
You can choose from:
White Matt. This is a brighter white compared to the paper typically used for paperback books and well suited for printing colour images. Where you have dark images, or large areas of solid colour, we recommend using the 100gsm or above paper. This paper is uncoated and therefore flat matt. Suitable for most types of books including books with illustrations and photographs.
Off White (Recycled). This is a very nice sheet that is more like a traditional book wove, except with the benefit of being slightly more opaque. Compared to the standard White Matt, it has a slightly more textured and irregular surface with tiny flecks visible. Use where you want a "warmer", or more "organic" end result. If absolute colour accuracy is your goal, this isn't the sheet to choose, as an OFF WHITE will inevitably alter colours. It's also not capable of quite the same level of image resolution as the bright white or coated papers. Having said all that we've printed very many graphical novels, colour comics and product catalogs on this paper with fantastic results. It just depends on the look that you want to achieve. This is a 100% recycled uncoated paper made entirely from post consumer waste (PCW).
Cream Munken wove. This is genuine Munken Print Cream 15 from Arctic Paper in Sweden. It is a very high quality cream shaded paper developed specifically for book printing. This paper is generally used for high quality black & white books. We do not recommend it for colour publications where high colour accuracy is required. Experienced designers have produced beautiful books combining colour printing and this paper, where the natural colour and texture of the paper have been taken into account within the design.
Gloss. High quality triple coated paper. For people who are unfamiliar with this type of paper, please note that it is not a high gloss like the photo gloss you might buy for your inkjet printer. This is more of a semi gloss finish. If in doubt - get some samples! You will get a high quality colour print from coated paper, suitable for books with a large amount of photographic and graphical content.
Silk. High quality triple coated paper. For people who are unfamiliar with this type of paper, please note that it is a semi matt finish. Matt with a slight sheen is another way to describe it. Very little light or "glare" is reflected from the surface, making it easy on the eyes when reading. If in doubt - get some samples! You will get a high quality colour print from coated paper, suitable for books with a large amount of photographic and graphical content.
What about paper weights? Please remember that we are happy to send out samples. If you are new to book printing this is well worth while as you can judge which paper type and weight is suitable for your project. There are a few things that can catch you out if you are not aware of them. For example if you compare a coated paper and an uncoated paper of the same thickness, the coated paper is always heavier due to the coating. So you may well find that a 100gsm uncoated paper feels bulkier than a coated 130gsm paper.
Do you need something different? Please call the helpdesk on 01452 751900 and we'll be pleased to discuss your project.
PDF (online soft proof). This is a technical process to check that your artwork is printable and to prepare it for printing as far as possible. We aim to provide your soft proof within 4 working hours and you will get an email notification when it is ready.
The PDF that you send us (your artwork) has a pre-flight check carried out and a number of automatic corrections may also be made if necessary. The resulting soft proof is a PDF that is viewable through your admin area of the web site. It is very important that you carefully review your soft proof and the pre-flight report that we send to you.
If your artwork fails our preflight checks you will not get a proof, but you will get a report letting you know what is wrong with your file. You can then fix the problem and resubmit your artwork.
We may warn you about potential problems with your artwork. In this case, your artwork CAN be printed and you will get a proof to check. You should carefully check the warnings in your report before deciding whether to proceed or submit new artwork.
Your first soft proof is included in the price of your order. If you find that you need to make alterations to your artwork and ask us to create another proof, we may make a small charge for each additional soft proof. Please contact the helpdesk to arrange payment if you need additional proofs.
Remember, this is a technical file check, we don't proof read or check your design!
If you want a hard copy proof, please just order a single book.
To read more about proofs, read the help section:
HELP > ARTWORK > PROOFS (opens in a new window)
These are working days to print. Our standard print service is 5 working days to print. You can pay a premium if you want your order on the faster 2 day to print service.
Please remember to add transit (delivery) time to this and remember that these are working days to print and do not include weekends or bank holidays.
Unless you approve your order by 10am, the day that you approve your proof does not count in the time to print.
We cannot schedule your job to print until you have approved your proof. If you do not have a credit account with us, you will also need to pay for your job before we can schedule your job to print
Delivery is normally the next working day AFTER the job is printed. If you want a Saturday delivery, call the helpdesk to get that cost added to your order. We classify Monday-Friday as working days, Bank Holidays are not working days.
Fill in the full postcode of where this is being sent to so that we can work out a price and whether we deliver to this area. You'll fill in the full delivery address later once you've placed your order.
You must upload your files as PDFs. Please make sure that you read the artwork preparation guide before sending us your artwork.
If you have already printed this book with us before, choose reprint and we will use the same artwork. This costs less as we don't have to spend any time on your artwork, so we pass those savings onto you. Please note that it must be exactly the same artwork. Even "one little change" means that the job has to be processed again.
If you need help with your artwork, we have experienced artworkers and very reasonable rates. Please call the helpdesk on 01452 751900 for a chat to discuss this.