What is Perfect Binding?

Perfect Binding is a form of bookbinding in which the books pages are bound by gluing together single sheets rather than by sewing or stapling. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed to give them clean “perfect” edges.

Perfect bound books look clean and professional. Ideal for show catalogs, portfolios, photo albums, small run comics, and self published artists books.


 File Preparation


For more information on file layout and set-up and pricing, download our How To Booklet:

Everything You Need to Know About Perfect Bound Books 

 

File Set Up

2 separate files – a file for the cover, and a file for the body of the book.

Both files need crop marks and bleed marks to ensure that we cut your book down to the correct size.
The body of your book must be single pages, not spreads.

File Format
All files must be exported and submitted as a PDF (Click for PDF Settings).

Available Media

Body: Bond, Hammermill Text, Neenah Solar White 100T, Futura Gloss Text.
Cover: Hammermill Cardstock, Neenah Solar White 100C, Futura Gloss Cover.

If you intend on using a paper not included in the available paper list the cost per sheet will be outside of the discounted pricing we offer for Perfect Binding. This can increase the cost of your job considerably. Please speak with a Technician before submitting and receive a quote. 

You can supply your own paper or work already printed, but some papers won’t work in our printers or binder, so check with the a Service Bureau Technician before submitting your job. 


Spine Calculator

Refer to our spine calculation table to estimate how wide the spine will be. If you want text on your spine, be sure to make it small enough to fit. 

*We highly recommend a proof when using text on the spine. 

 

 Questions? Schedule a Consultation with our Technicians.  

 


  Turnaround Times


Perfect Bound Book orders can take 9 business days to fully complete your order. We can have a proof ready in 3 days, and the finished book(s) 6 days after that, not including weekends.

If you do not want a proof, your final book(s) will still take 6 business days.

 

Perfect Bound Books take 6 business days to complete, whether you’re getting 1 or 20. This does not include a proof book.

We highly recommend getting a proof of your book. Proofs take 3 days. The rest of the books are finished 6 days after you approve the proof. Proofs are 1/2 price if you approve the order, full price if you decide to cancel. Proofs are labeled with a sticker on the insider cover.

 

 

If you’re getting more than 20 books, please speak with a Technician before placing your order. Unfortunately, the binding process here at the Service Bureau is all by hand which takes a considerable amount of production time and pulls staff away from their other duties. For this reason, we reserve the right to deny certain amounts for Perfect Binding requests. There are other options that we recommend for orders with larger quantities listed here.

 


  Pricing


For books 8″x10″ portrait or smaller – NO lamination. 

# of sheetsprice/sheetBinding FeeCover Fee
10-20$.30$5$2
21-40$.29$5$2
41-60$.27$5$2
61-80$.26$5$2
81-100$.24$5$2
101-120$.23$5$2
120-150$.22$5$2
151+$.21$5$2

 

If you’re getting more than 20 books, please speak with a Technician before placing your order. Unfortunately, the binding process here at the Service Bureau is all by hand which takes a considerable amount of production time and pulls staff away from their other duties. For this reason, we reserve the right to deny certain amounts for Perfect Binding requests.


 Submission Guidelines


 

Perfect Bound Book orders are submitted via our Digital Storefront. www.sbureau.artic.edu

Visit the DSF Submission Process page for step-by-step instructions when uploading to the Storefront.

 

 

 Questions? Schedule a Consultation or Tour  

 


Oversized Books and Lamination

If you are thinking about printing a large book, or adding finishing touches like lamination to your book, here is some information you need to know. 


Oversized Books

Cover :You can supply your own cover, or use our oversized Neenah Solar White 100# Cover.
Paper :Hammermill Bond, Futura Gloss, Neenah Solar White Text for books larger than 11″x17″.
Turnaround: 6 days
Size: An Oversized Book is anything larger than 8″x10″. The biggest we can print is 11×14″ landscape, with the maximum spine length being 11″.
Price: Price per page doubles for Large books.

Lamination

Types:  Glossy or Matte
Benefits:  Laminating your cover protects it from general wear and gives the book a professional look. Highly recommended for Inkjet covers, which are more likely to scratch.
Prices:  Adds $5.00 /book