If you’ve been inside a bookstore, you’ve seen perfect bound books—you just didn’t realize it. Perfect binding is a commonly used technique for soft cover books. This method of binding means the pages and cover are glued together at the spine, but remain flexible due to the use of thermal glue. The other three sides of the book are subsequently trimmed to give them that classic clean, perfect edge.

Many of our clients request their sample booklets, annual reports, catalogs, or style guides to be perfect bound, as they are durable and inexpensive. Since the cover is usually clear-coated, it not only provides durability but offers visual appeal. The cover, of course, is made from cardstock that is heavier and sturdier than the interior pages. In addition, perfect bound books are less expensive to produce than hardcover books, while also stacking easier; storing and organizing is much easier than saddle stitch or spiral bound books, as the book’s title can be printed on the spine.

For any last minute projects or additions to previously printed material, this method is ideal as they are easy to print on demand and as rush jobs.