Perfect binding is our preferred method of binding for publications over around 64 pages.
Perfect binding is a method of bookbinding where a flexible adhesive (ethylene vinyl acetate [EVA] adhesives) attaches a thick card cover to the spine of the collated, assembled pages.
Perfect binding puts all the pages together in a “book block”, roughens and flattens the edge, then a flexible adhesive attaches the paper cover to the spine. The book is then trimmed on three edges to provide a “perfect” finish. Paperback novels are one example of perfect binding.
Perfect binding, for us, involves printing books as collated sets (something that is possible with digital printing, but not traditional litho or offset printing). We print these usually four up or two up, and guillotine them into book blocks
Booklets, telephone directories, and some magazines use perfect binding methods. Compared to other binding methods, perfect binding is quite durable and has a low to medium cost. It can be used with publications that are several inches thick.
Perfect binding is by far our most common binding method. It is always used for books over about 64 pages, but can be used for publications as low as about twelve pages — it is often used for children’s books that may be around 36 to 48 pages, and often A4 landscape.
Case binding
You can choose to have your book with a custom hand crafted hard cover binding. You get a genuine, top quality, hand crafted hard bound book with buckram (very heavy cloth) bound onto a heavy card. The buckram can be virtually any colour. Books are sewn in the spine and glued. They have end papers glued on the inside covers. They also have head bands (small velvet like bands at the top and bottom of the spine). In other words, they are almost indestructible! Books can have gold or silver lettering on the cover and on the spine.
Here are the main case binding options.
 •Plain coloured buckram (most colours are available) with or without gold or silver embossed lettering on the cover and / or the spine.
 •A ‘pasted down’ cover which is a printed, laminated cover that is adhered to the thick board that makes the hard cover hard. This covers the entire book — front, back and spine — and folds over into the inside covers. This replaces the buckram cover.
 •Either of the above, with a dust jacket — a very long sheet printed on one side, usually celloglazed to protect it, that folds all the way around the book with a flap of about 100mm or more that folds into the inside covers.
Case binding looks great, but in practice few short run self-published books are case bound because of the cost. Most case binding these days is done in Asia as the price advantages are overwhelming. However case binding is Asia is uneconomical below around 500 copies. We are able to case bind small quantities, but what we do is completely had crafted and therefore comparatively expensive.