AKA Perfect Bound or Softback Books
The most popular books in book shops - perfect for any printing need.
Paperback books need no introduction. They are the most popular book type and the ones we are asked to print most often. Sometimes referred to as perfect bound or softback books they are perfect for any printing need. Novels, poetry collections, travel guides, children's books, and autobiographies are all usually printed as paperback books.
There are lots of reasons to choose to print your book as a paperback. They are more cost effective than hardback, they are more portable, and are printed quicker. Get an instant online quote to find out how much it would cost to print your book as a paperback.
We can print paperback books in a range of sizes; A6, A5, A4, Royal or a custom size of your choice.
The size you choose will depend largely on what your book is. Most novels are printed A5, but workbooks, reference guides and training manuals are often better in A4.
Our instant price calculator is able to work out the cost of printing your softback book in any of the regular sizes. If you would like a quote for a custom size, get in touch with a member of the team on (01733) 898 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is 'should I print my book in colour or in black and white?'
There are a number of factors that would contribute to the decision. If your book is plain text, then the decision is simple. Black and white all the way. But if your book features images you have a decision to make.
Black and white printing is less expensive than colour; our online calculator can demonstrate the cost difference for you. But sometimes the look of the book is more important than saving a few pounds. If your book relies on images or colourful illustrations, or if you've written a children's book, they often look much better in colour. It is worth remembering that there is a third option: colour inserts. If you want to print primarily in black and white with a few colour pages, you could save quite a bit of money.
Perfect bound books need to have a minimum of 26 pages and a maximum of 600 in order for the binding process to be effective. If the book has too few pages the glue might not take properly, and if it has too many the insides might become too heavy and break up the glue. If you stick to the 26-600 page rule, you can't go far wrong.
If you do need to print fewer than 26 pages, we recommend our booklet printing service. This uses stitch binding and as such there are no minimum page quantity restrictions.
You will also need to decide what paper type you are going to use for your book. There are two common mistakes you need to avoid here. Many people either go for the thinnest paper to save money, or the most expensive assuming it will result in a better quality book. Whilst that can sometimes be true, it's often not the case. Our webpage on paper types can help you understand the differences between each type, but if you want advice on which to use for your book you are best off getting in touch.