What Makes Perfect Binding So … Perfect?

What Makes Perfect Binding so Perfect?

‘Perfect binding’ is one of the most popular and impressive ways of binding any kind of printed publication. It has a great look and lends some sophistication to any book, booklet, brochure, annual report, catalogue or magazine. ‘Wiro’ and ‘saddle-stitched’ binding, although both professional and presentable, look a little more basic by comparison. Perfect binding gives a publication more gravitas; a feeling of added value and something that subtly says ‘I am an important document’ without even trying. As such, perfect bound books are far more likely to be kept or handed from person to person. That’s great for your business and marketing goals.

Printing & perfect binding for Flint WinesSimilar to a ‘soft-back’ or ‘paperback’ book, perfect binding gives a professional finish with a ‘square’ spine, which can be printed on because it’s all part of the one-piece cover. So, you can have full colour graphics and imagery printed continuously from front cover, across the spine and around to the back cover, all without any interruption if you like. Of course, this applies to the addition of special finishes too, like gloss UV varnish, metallic foil and lamination to name just a few.

Tech Spec

At Southside Print in London SE1, we print and perfect bind totally in-house. That means total control over colour and quality, speedy turnarounds and the most competitive pricing. There are just a couple of limitations:

  • We can perfect bind up to A3 in length or width (so spines as long as 420mm are not a problem — that’s big!).
  • The spine can be as thick as a staggering 90mm — that allows a huge number of pages in the book and is thicker than many old-style phone directories!

We also use a super-strong new glue. This keeps your pages and covers securely bound — for the long term.

Perfect bound reports for 'Power to Change', London SE1Overnight Success

Our perfect binding service is also available on an overnight basis. So, if you’re in a terrible rush to get important documents and publications printed and perfect bound for the next business day, we can usually help, particularly if you give us a little bit of warning. This is great for annual reports that need to be ready for board meetings and AGM’s, or things like proposals, tenders, pitch documents and other important presentations that could win your company or organisation its next major contract.

Perfect Examples

The photographs show just how impressive perfect bound brochures and books can look …

Perfect bound book for St George The Martyr, BoroughThe Flint Wines ‘Trade List’ and ‘Plant List’ examples are very snazzy indeed. We produced a few hundred of each for this London client and the covers were made to feel good as well as look good through the use of a soft-touch lamination to the outside. Stunning! Each contained 164 internal pages and was digitally printed in full colour on our digital printing presses. They have the feeling of high quality catalogues and look incredibly rich.

The Power To Change examples are also perfect bound in full colour. With only 60 internal pages, they have a thinner thickness to the spine. As such, they have the feel of a report, which is indeed what they are. Regular readers may recall our blog post from October 2017, which featured these reports along with some Annual Reports that we printed and perfect bound for the same charitable trust. In fact, Annual Reports are a perfect use of perfect binding as they look highly professional and lend a certain sophistication and perceived value to any publication or document.

The black and white ‘St George The Martyr’ book is another example of high quality digital printing and perfect binding produced by Southside Print. This book is, in fact, available to buy at the church office, subject to stock availability. It highlights the church’s history along with that of the surrounding area around Borough High Street.

Curatorial Rationale binding for London university studentLast but not least, we show an example of a perfect bound ‘Curatorial Rationale‘ for a university art student. Similar to an artist’s statement, a Curatorial Rationale is a publication that introduces the specific work that an artist exhibits at an exhibition, explaining why particular pieces have been chosen, the reason they are presented in a particular way, their meaning and what challenges were faced along the way. They also attempt to give context to the pieces and thereby to connect the works to those viewing them. Southside Print would be happy to print and bind more Curatorial Rationales, dissertations and theses for students in London and beyond.

Get In Touch for Printing & Binding Quotes

If you would like to obtain a free printing and binding quotation, please get in contact or request a quotation online here and we’ll be happy to help. You can also order perfect binding online if you’re supplying your own artwork but, if not, simply call 020 7378 6754 to chat over the options, without pressure or obligation. We offer full design and artwork services as well as digital printing, large format printing and various other types of document binding. For those local to London Bridge and Borough in South East London, you can also drop into our print shop in Tabard Street, SE1. Click any of the bold links for further information.