Paperback / Perfect Bound / Softback books, they are one and the same thing; bookshop quality books that are bound using a hot melt binder, often referred to as a 'Perfect Binder'.
The process of perfect binding involves the milling of the spine edge of the unbound book to create a rough surface for the glue to bond to. The book block then passes over a very hot glue tank where glue is applied by a revolving wheel. The pre creased cover is pressure clamped on to the book block and the glue is allowed to set. Once cooled, the bound books are then trimmed flush to the desired finished size. Novels, Poetry Books, Holiday / Travel Guides, Academic, Children's Story Books and many Trade Books are generally bound using the Perfect Binding method. This is by far our most popular binding choice.
What size should my Paperback Book be?
We can supply perfect bound books in a range of sizes, A6, A5, Royal, A4 or a custom size of your choice. Our instant price calculator will give prices for our standard book sizes, but you will need to contact us direct for custom size prices.
Full colour or black and white printing?
We can supply perfect bound books with either black and white or colour insides and the covers are printed in colour as standard.
How many pages can I have?
Perfect bound books need to have a minimum of 25 pages and a maximum of 600 pages in order for the binding process to be effective. For books of less than 25 pages we suggest using our booklet (stitch binding) option.
For text books (where the printing doesn't cover the complete page) we suggest you leave a minimum of 15mm margins (white space) around all four edges of your text. If your book has pages that are printed across the whole page (no margins) we suggest that you add a 5mm bleed. For more information on bleeds please click here.
We prefer to receive artwork as individual pages within a document, rather than double page spreads. For design and layout advice, please call us on 01733 898102.
If you would like us to design your book please call us on 01733 898102 and we will arrange for one of our senior designers to do this for you.