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Why Perfect Binding is a popular choice for books and magazines

Posted 31st May 2017

Why Perfect Binding is a popular choice for books and magazines

Offering a clean and professional finish at an affordable price, perfect binding is chosen by many businesses and organisations producing books and magazines. Most printers will offer this service, allowing you to produce printed products that are finished to a high standard.

So just why is perfect binding such a popular choice and could it be right for you?

What is perfect binding?

Perfect binding is a technique that’s commonly used on softcover books and thick magazines. When using this method, the pages and cover of the printed product are glued together at the spine with a strong, flexible thermal glue. The other three sides of the book or magazine are then trimmed to give them a clean, ‘perfect’ finish. To see an example of perfect binding, just take a softcover book from your shelf or pick up a good quality magazine. You’ll see that the spine is strong and stable, the pages neatly bound together and that the printed product looks professional.

The benefits of perfect binding

The many benefits of perfect binding are key to its popularity. For a start, the method is very affordable. Compared to other more complex methods of binding, the process is quick and straightforward and most professional printers will offer the service.

Books that have been perfectly bound are easy to stack and store, and because of how they are made, the title of the book or magazine can be printed along the spine. This is a great feature to help your publication get noticed, and something that many other binding methods don’t allow for. Perfect binding is also ideal for short runs and on-demand printing, making it a great choice for businesses trying to keep their costs down.

Durability and design

When books are finished using perfect binding, the covers are often clear-coated to ensure the product is durable. The spines of the perfectly bound books are also very strong thanks to the thermal glue that’s used to hold the pages together. This makes this type of finish a good choice for books and magazines that are going to be handled by a lot of people.

The covers of perfectly bound books and magazines can be designed in any way you like. Often, extra finishes will be used to enhance the design, such as laminating or varnishing.

To learn more about perfect binding, or to find out about other binding techniques, explore our site or contact a member of our team.

For more details about other binding options see How to choose the right binding for your printed document.