Types of Book Binding

All of our printing and binding is completed in-house. This gives us full control of the final end-product to make sure we produce a perfect book every time.

We have two types of bookbinding that we use on a regular basis - Perfect binding and hardback binding. Both bookbinding types are of high quality but are used for different purposes.

Find out more information on the most popular binding types for your bookbinding below.

Perfect Bound (paperback/softcover)

Perfect bound books use thick paper or a paperboard cover which is then adhered to the text block using a strong glue (EVA or PUR). For our perfect-bound paperback books, we use a 240gsm card which is laminated in either gloss or matt. The text of the book can be printed on a variety of different paper stocks, from uncoated 80gsm paper for novels and non-fiction work to 170gsm coated paper for photobooks.

Perfect-bound bookbinding is great for keeping the cost of your book low but retaining a high-quality look and feel. Perfect-bound books are the most popular type of bookbinding available for books online and in bookstores. We offer various extras that can be added to the finish of your book such as; embossing, spot UV, foil blocking and cover flaps which can make your book stand out amongst the many others which are produced every year.

If you want to understand our paperback books in more detail please visit - paperback book printing.

Hardback binding (casebound / hardcover)

Our hardback books are normal text blocks that you would find in a perfect-bound book but instead of having a paper or card cover, we use a thick heavy card at 2750 microns. This board is then wrapped in either a cloth wibalin cover or a printed paper case. The cloth-bound books will usually have a design printed on the wibalin or have gold or silver blocking. It is then common to have a dustjacket wrapped around the book for extra protection.

Hardback bookbinding is a premium type of bookbinding which is mainly reserved for special titles or books you want to last on the bookshelves for several lifetimes. They are more expensive to produce than perfect bound books but offer far greater protection a more premium feel than perfect bound books.

If you are producing a limited edition book or a book that requires a short printing run then maybe hardback binding is an option for you?

If you want to understand our hardback binding process please visit - hardback book printing.