Perfect Bound Books, Booklets & Brochure Printing

Perfect bound booklets are ideal for brochures, magazines or any other document where you want to guarantee an expensive look and feel from your printing and binding. Tailor your notebooks to your specific needs with flexible page options from 32 to 300. We print perfect bound booklets on quality 150gsm silk paper with a premium 350gsm silk cover. You can opt for a softbound version for a sleek finish or, if you prefer something sturdier, choose our robust hardcover alternative. What's more, your choice of matt or gloss cover lamination is included as standard.

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What Is a Perfect Bound Book?

Perfect binding provides for a range of print requirements, with the most popular uses in children's books, portfolios, and magazines. Its strength and durability are underscored by the use of strong adhesive to bond the pages, ensuring a prolonged shelf life.

Our perfect bound books come with two cover options;

Soft Cover:
Our softcover perfect bound books combine the best of both worlds, flexibility and durability. A softcover is the perfect choice for more budget conscious jobs without compromising on quality.

Hard Cover:
Taking your print to the next level, a hard cover is ideal for more high-end print jobs where luxury and strength is a must. Mounted on 2500mic board hardback complete with a 150gsm matt lamination cover, hardcover is the perfect choice if you’re out to impress without the higher costs of thread sewn hard covers.

What Machines Are Perfect Bound Books Printed On?

Landa S10P: Print
We’re the proud owners of the UK’s first nanographic press – a new printing technology that is set to revolutionise our industry. The Landa helps us combine the methodology of lithographic offset printing with a digital operating system, which means your print gets the best of both worlds.

Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 106: Print
We are committed to filling our factory with industry leading machinery and the Speedmaster XL 106 is the king of litho efficiency. This is one of the first litho presses capable of changing jobs fully automated. In fact, Heidelberg claims it takes less than three minutes for the XL 106 to print the last sheet in one run and starting the first good sheet in another.

Kolbus KM 600: Binding
When it comes to binding our perfect bound booklets to their covers, we use our cutting-edge Kolbus KM 600 Perfect Binder. The KM 600 applies glue to the spine, mills and notches it, ensuring a flawlessly bound book block. Once this is done, the cover and block are joined, where every detail has been engineered to deliver the perfect book quality. We take pride in using the Kleiberit 743.7 EVA adhesive for its high quality, ensuring a fault-free and superior spine.

Why Choose instantprint

Quality Assured

Utilising Indigo, Heidelberg, Truepress and Landa print presses, our world class print capabilities mean your product is guaranteed to be of the highest possible quality. To make things hassle-free, our client services teams are targeted on resolving your query on first contact.

Expert Book Makers

Our 150,000sq ft print facility is coupled with a team of project managers who ensure your print project is monitored from start to finish. We guide your order through the facility and can offer advice at various stages.

Recent Upgrades

We listen to feedback and make any and all necessary improvements to our product offering. Over the years we've significantly improved the durability of the binding, perfected our page matching process and sharpened our cutting techniques.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Perfect Bound Booklet?

Perfect bound booklets are often known as glued because the pages are glued down to the cover at spine. Once the glue has dried, the remaining three sides are trimmed down to size, giving them ‘perfect’ edges. It’s one of the sturdiest booklet binding methods and is known for giving a professional, premium finish, meaning they’re often used for corporate reports, manuals and catalogues.

Paperback books are a common example of perfect bound booklets. Just like them, you’ll be able to choose a thicker paper stock as the cover with a soft-touch or glossy lamination.

A popular book binding glue is PUR, however we use one called EVA because it dries a lot faster, meaning we can produce them a lot more quickly.

To make sure there are enough pages to glue to the spine, the minimum number of printed pages we offer is 40pp.

How to Make a Perfect Bound Booklet

To make your own perfect bound brochure or booklet design, it’s important to think about the spine. No matter your experience or preferred design programme, we’ve created step-by-step instructions to make creating your own perfect bound book design from scratch, including how to set up your pages to include bleed.

Depending on your budget and what you want to use it for, we offer a huge range of paper types for perfect bound brochure printing. You can even add a matt or gloss coated paper to your cover page for a special touch. Matt lamination is a smooth, no-shine finish, whereas gloss gives your paper a high-shine look.

How Are Perfect Bound Booklets Made?

If you’re looking for high quality perfect bound booklet printing right here in the UK, you’ve come to the right place! We print all of our glued booklets using our high-speed ink jet printers (Truepress Jet 520HD) for the inside pages and either our iGen press or Heidelberg for book covers.

We then use a high strength, quick-drying glue called EVA glue to bind these pages and the cover together – also known as perfect binding. Depending on how many pages you supply, your book can have a designable spine. Because of their flat finish, this type of booklet is perfect for stacking as they easily fit together and look effective when set out this way.

Top 4 Most Common Uses for Perfect Bound Booklets

Perfect bound booklets are the best way to show customers you mean big business. If you’re not sure how to best use them for your marketing or what some more creative ideas to spice up your next came here, here are our favourite perfect bound booklet uses.

1) Product Catalogues

We love using perfect bound booklets as product catalogues! Because of their premium look and feel, they help give the products you’re selling an extra edge too. Go square with our 210mm perfect bound booklets or keep it classic with an A5 size.

2) Annual or Quarterly Magazines

If you don’t send out magazines frequently, you can afford to print high quality perfect bound ones. We know your customers will love to keep your branded magazine on their coffee table! A4 is a great size for your new swanky mag.

3) Employee Handbooks

Perfect bound booklets are sturdy and great for long-life usage. That’s why they’re great for employee handbooks or even brand guidelines. A small square perfect bound booklet is the ideal size for your new handbooks!

4) Prospectuses

Print your own prospectus for your college or university with instantprint and you’re sure to impress. With up to 120 pages to design, there’s plenty of room to shout about your courses and facilities. Go for an A5 perfect bound booklet for a student fair handout, or A4 if you’ve got a lot to say.

Our Top Perfect Bound Booklet Design Tips from Our Studio Team

Here are a few top tips and things to keep in mind when designing your own perfect bound booklets:

1) Setting Up Your Pages

Please set your perfect bound booklet artwork pages up as single pages in the same document, rather than spreads (two pages together). If you’re struggling with this, feel free to ask our Personal Artworker team how to do this by emailing pa@instantprint.co.uk.

2) Adding Bleed

We recommend adding 3mm bleed area as standard to your perfect bound booklet pages. Read our bleed guide for help with this and a short description of why you need to add bleed area when printing.

3) Keeping Text Safe

As well as a standard 3mm bleed area, we’d also recommend having a 6mm safety zone on the binding edge of your booklet pages and 3mm safety zone on the remaining three edges. This is because there will be a small area of your design that isn’t quite visible once printed due to how it’s glued. Make sure you keep important text away from the binding edge to avoid it being hidden in the fold line.

4) How to Upload Your Artwork

Because of how large perfect bound booklet files are, please use WeTransfer to send us your artwork.

To do this, place a blank order (order your booklets without any artwork) and we’ll send you an email with your web order number. Go to WeTransfer and send your artwork to us at artwork@instantprint.co.uk, using the web order number as your subject line. We’ll then triple check that your artwork is set up correctly before sending a proof for you to approve before we send it to print.

What is a Perfect Bound Booklet?

Perfect bound booklets are often known as glued because the pages are glued down to the cover at spine. Once the glue has dried, the remaining three sides are trimmed down to size, giving them ‘perfect’ edges. It’s one of the sturdiest booklet binding methods and is known for giving a professional, premium finish, meaning they’re often used for corporate reports, manuals and catalogues.

Paperback books are a common example of perfect bound booklets. Just like them, you’ll be able to choose a thicker paper stock as the cover with a soft-touch or glossy lamination.

A popular book binding glue is PUR, however we use one called EVA because it dries a lot faster, meaning we can produce them a lot more quickly.

To make sure there are enough pages to glue to the spine, the minimum number of printed pages we offer is 40pp.

How to Make a Perfect Bound Booklet

To make your own perfect bound brochure or booklet design, it’s important to think about the spine. No matter your experience or preferred design programme, we’ve created step-by-step instructions to make creating your own perfect bound book design from scratch, including how to set up your pages to include bleed.

Depending on your budget and what you want to use it for, we offer a huge range of paper types for perfect bound brochure printing. You can even add a matt or gloss coated paper to your cover page for a special touch. Matt lamination is a smooth, no-shine finish, whereas gloss gives your paper a high-shine look.

How Are Perfect Bound Booklets Made?

If you’re looking for high quality perfect bound booklet printing right here in the UK, you’ve come to the right place! We print all of our glued booklets using our high-speed ink jet printers (Truepress Jet 520HD) for the inside pages and either our iGen press or Heidelberg for book covers.

We then use a high strength, quick-drying glue called EVA glue to bind these pages and the cover together – also known as perfect binding. Depending on how many pages you supply, your book can have a designable spine. Because of their flat finish, this type of booklet is perfect for stacking as they easily fit together and look effective when set out this way.

Top 4 Most Common Uses for Perfect Bound Booklets

Perfect bound booklets are the best way to show customers you mean big business. If you’re not sure how to best use them for your marketing or what some more creative ideas to spice up your next came here, here are our favourite perfect bound booklet uses.

1) Product Catalogues

We love using perfect bound booklets as product catalogues! Because of their premium look and feel, they help give the products you’re selling an extra edge too. Go square with our 210mm perfect bound booklets or keep it classic with an A5 size.

2) Annual or Quarterly Magazines

If you don’t send out magazines frequently, you can afford to print high quality perfect bound ones. We know your customers will love to keep your branded magazine on their coffee table! A4 is a great size for your new swanky mag.

3) Employee Handbooks

Perfect bound booklets are sturdy and great for long-life usage. That’s why they’re great for employee handbooks or even brand guidelines. A small square perfect bound booklet is the ideal size for your new handbooks!

4) Prospectuses

Print your own prospectus for your college or university with instantprint and you’re sure to impress. With up to 120 pages to design, there’s plenty of room to shout about your courses and facilities. Go for an A5 perfect bound booklet for a student fair handout, or A4 if you’ve got a lot to say.

Our Top Perfect Bound Booklet Design Tips from Our Studio Team

Here are a few top tips and things to keep in mind when designing your own perfect bound booklets:

1) Setting Up Your Pages

Please set your perfect bound booklet artwork pages up as single pages in the same document, rather than spreads (two pages together). If you’re struggling with this, feel free to ask our Personal Artworker team how to do this by emailing pa@instantprint.co.uk

2) Adding Bleed

We recommend adding 3mm bleed area as standard to your perfect bound booklet pages. Read our bleed guide for help with this and a short description of why you need to add bleed area when printing.

3) Keeping Text Safe

As well as a standard 3mm bleed area, we’d also recommend having a 6mm safety zone on the binding edge of your booklet pages and 3mm safety zone on the remaining three edges. This is because there will be a small area of your design that isn’t quite visible once printed due to how it’s glued. Make sure you keep important text away from the binding edge to avoid it being hidden in the fold line.

4) How to Upload Your Artwork

Because of how large perfect bound booklet files are, please use WeTransfer to send us your artwork.

To do this, place a blank order (order your booklets without any artwork) and we’ll send you an email with your web order number. Go to WeTransfer and send your artwork to us at artwork@instantprint.co.uk , using the web order number as your subject line. We’ll then triple check that your artwork is set up correctly before sending a proof for you to approve before we send it to print.

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Perfect Bound Booklet Artwork Guide

Perfect bound booklets are often hailed as the premium booklet binding option, so ensuring your design matches the premium quality of your book is essential. Here are our step-by-step instructions on setting up your artwork for a perfect print job.
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How to Create an Impressive University Prospectus

Perfect bound booklets make idea prospectuses. In this guide, we’ll talk you through exactly how to create an impressive college or university prospectus that’ll show prospective students why you should be their top choice.
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5 Big Impact Booklet Layout Design Tips

Layout plays a key role in multi-page documents like perfect bound booklets. Not only do they make each page flow and look great aesthetically, but including hierarchy also makes it easier for readers to understand the content. Here are our top tips.
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Sustainably Sourced

Promote your business sustainably with our print options! Whatever impact you would like to make, we’ve got an option for every occasion and every business. We have the perfect size and paper stock to suit every occasion - no matter the budget you’re working with, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

We only use paper stocks from FSC® certified suppliers
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) are an international organisation dedicated to improving responsible management of the world's forests. Look out for our FSC Certified products.
We use the greenest paper options available
We use FSC Mix and FSC Recycled for all of our prints, which are the most sustainable options.
We're Carbon Neutral
We earned our Carbon Neutral certificate in 2021, meaning we reduced our carbon emission as much as possible, then invested in offsets to balance out any leftover emissions.

We're ISO 14001:2015 Certified

We work towards a set of environmental management standards where an external auditor measures our impact on the environment. We then create a plan of action on how to keep reducing the impact every year!

War on Waste Campaign

Our internal War on Waste campaign has been running since 2018, and has seen us change processes to reduce our waste output. We eliminated 100% of waste in our Inkjet stream and are working every day to go further!

Recyclable Packaging
Responsible Waste Management
Plastic Reduction Strategy
10 Point Artwork Check
Carbon Neutral Manufacturing