Perfect Bound Books

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Perfect bound books are long-lasting, high-quality books loved by readers worldwide. It’s the classic style of book printing and binding that make perfect bound books so durable. Whether you need a single-book order or large-scale printing and distribution – nobody can beat Print-on-Demand on price or finish.

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Rated 4.5 by over 1,000 customers

  • United Kingdom and International delivery options
  • Dispatch within 5-7 working days
  • Wide range of perfect bound products available
  • Print up to 1,000 books

Available perfect bound book sizes

  • A4 (297mm x 210mm)
  • A5 (210mm x 148mm)
  • A4 Landscape (210mm x 297mm)
  • Royal (234mm x 156mm)

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From proof to print, the team were fantastic. I chose the quantity and did an instant quote online, and the books were out for delivery within seven days. Excellent cover material and superior binding. Love it!


Perfect bound book printing done right


Before I placed my order, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I ordered 50 perfect bound booklets for my business, and I have to say I’m very impressed. I’ll order again next year.


Great from proof to print


We went through the process of choosing our paper options and uploaded our artwork the same day. The quote process is super simple, and the products get top marks from me.

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Matt lamination

Matt lamination is great for all types of paperback books. It adds a smooth and unique finish to your cover. You’ll find that most novels come with matt lamination. Matt lamination works best on covers with large text and blocks of colour.

Gloss lamination

Gloss lamination offers a high-quality shine finish. It’s great for perfect bound books that are full of colour. You’ll often see gloss lamination used on children’s books. Gloss lamination works best with detailed artwork where colour matching is essential.

How long will a perfect bound book last?
A perfect bound book can last for up to 20 years with the right care. The PUR adhesive that binds the inside pages together is powerful and durable. Another influencing factor behind how long perfect binding will last is how thick your spine is and the number of pages. Thicker text blocks can add greater strain on the glue over time.
How are perfect bound books made?
Perfect binding means all of the printed pages are stacked together (known as a text block) and squared off. The pages are then glued along the spine edge with PUR adhesive before the cover is then wrapped around the text block. Once this happens, the cover and artwork are trimmed to the correct size.
What are perfect bound books good for?
A perfect bound book is great for magazines, brochures, bound booklets and marketing material. They can be used for business as employee handbooks because of their professional and visual appeal or, a nice addition to your home bookshelf. Perfect bound book printing offers more range of customisation compared to saddle stitch and spiral-bound books and booklets.
How do I work out the spine width?
You can calculate your spine width based on the size of your book and the number of pages. The higher volume of pages, the thicker the text block will be. Meaning your cover will have more area to wrap around. In addition to this, you have to balance your paper type, also. If you have 200 pages of 150gsm paper, compared to 300 pages of 80gsm paper, the book may end up being similar thickness. If you’re struggling to work out the correct dimensions, please use our spine width calculator to help you set up your files.
What glue is used for perfect binding?
There are two types of adhesives used for binding a perfect bound book together. Traditional perfect binding relies on ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) whereas, PUR binding uses polyurethane reactive (PUR) adhesive. Despite the technical differences of putting a perfect bound booklet together, both techniques rely on hot glue is used to bind your pages to the front and back cover.
What lamination works best for perfect bound books?
If you want a perfect bound book that’s more scratch-resistant and better for a full-colour cover, gloss lamination would be the best choice. However, if you’re printing your first novel or auto-biography, matt lamination provides a professional and soft touch to your cover. The beauty of book printing is that it’s completely personal to you. If you’re unsure which would work best for your order, please let our customer service know!
Is there any limit to having my book being perfect bound?
The most notable limitation is the spine being too thin or thick. We’ll make sure that your book meets our minimum spine thickness of 2mm during our file check. Anything smaller than this, and a saddle stitch booklet would be the alternative option. Please note that whilst a book spine is extremely durable and we use fantastic quality cover materials, if the book is too thick, the binding glue may start to come apart due to excessive strain on the adhesive.