Perfect Bound Book Printing

Written by Christopher Ransom
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Less expensive than Smythe sewn and more attractive than spiral binding, perfect bound is the most common binding method in the world of book printing. If you consider books that do not have an obvious protuberance at the top or bottom of the spine, and you do not see evidence of stitching, stapling, spiral or 3-hole binding at the spine, that's a perfect bound book. Perfect bound books are flat spined with a clean, smooth surface where the pages meet the cover at the top and on all sides. Perfect bound book printing is the type of binding used for trade, scholarly, business, professional, religious, reference, textbooks, catalogs and manuals.

Trade, by the way, refers to the common trade paperback format used for fiction and non-fiction books. With a common trim size of 5.5 inches wide x 8.5 inches tall, trade paperbacks that use perfect bound binding may also be larger or smaller in size (see below). In bookstores, trade paperbacks out number hardcover and mass- market titles combined, and all use perfect bound book printing and binding methods.

Is Perfect Bound Book Printing Right for Your Book?

If your book is to be trim-sized anywhere from 3.5 to 10.5 inches wide, 4.5 to 14.5 inches tall, and 1/8 to 2 1/4 inches thick, it qualifies for perfect bound binding. Not all printers will be able to accommodate every size between these measurements, but perfect bound book printing and binding will support the weight and functionality of these sizes if they do.

Perfect bound books are cost-effective because perfect bound binding is a common and refined technique. Though not all perfect bound book printing solutions are created equal (glue, paper and your printer's skills all play a role), they are usually flexible and able to withstand normal wear and tear and should be considered second only to Smythe-sewn bound books in their longevity.

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