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Perfect Bound Books

Why use perfect binding?

Perfect binding is a bookbinding method used to create paperback books. It involves gluing the pages of a book together at the spine, rather than sewing them. The process typically involves roughening the edges of the pages, applying an adhesive to the spine, and attaching a paper cover.

Here are some benefits of perfect binding:

  1. Cost-effective: Perfect binding is a cost-effective method of binding books, especially when producing large quantities. The process is relatively simple and requires fewer materials and labor compared to other binding methods.
  2. Professional appearance: Perfect binding creates a clean, polished look for books. The flat spine allows for the inclusion of titles, author names, and other information, making the book easily identifiable on a bookshelf.
  3. Flexibility: Perfect binding is suitable for various book sizes and thicknesses. It can accommodate a wide range of page counts, from a few pages to several hundred, making it a versatile option for different types of publications.
  4. Easy readability: Perfect-bound books lie flat when opened, which makes them easy to read and allows for better handling. This feature is especially beneficial for books like novels, textbooks, magazines, and catalogs that are frequently read or referenced.
  5. Printing options: Perfect binding allows for high-quality printing on the spine and covers. This makes it possible to incorporate eye-catching designs, artwork, and additional information, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the book.
  6. Accessibility for customization: Perfect-bound books offer ample space on the spine and covers for customization. Publishers can print logos, branding elements, or other relevant information on the covers, helping to establish a unique identity for the book.

What are perfect bound books?

Perfect bound books, also known as soft cover books. They are excellent for magazines, catalogs, journals, manuals, and more.

The books use a glue bind like most books you’d find in a store or library. The covers are printed on a heavier cover stock. Our Perfect binding system scores the cover and runs glue up the inside of the cover to insure that it will lay flat and that the cover will not come off the book. We can even laminate the cover giving it a high gloss finish that is water-resistant. The contents meanwhile are a thinner text-based paper.

The benefits of perfect binding

Perfect binding has a number of compelling benefits. Firstly, and most importantly for many, it’s very affordable. Not only are perfectly bound books more cost-effective than hardcover binding methods, but perfect binding can also be used on relatively small print runs, allowing customers to create high-quality printed products on a budget. The University of Calgary, also known as printing uCalgary uses perfect binding on many of its projects as it is an economical solution to bookbinding. The uCalgary print department relies on Color Right Now for many of their other projects, and we deliver!

Perfect bound books are the ideal medium for containing a textbook’s worth of information, with a professional finish, at an economical price.

We design perfect bound books

Do you need a book but do not have a design? Color Right Now has you covered, check out our graphic design services! We have been proudly designing booklets for schools, businesses, and organizations with business stationery for over 25 years.

You can design your own books

Check out our HOW TO page to learn which free software’s we recommend to create your own digital print file for your project.


Are you not sure what questions to ask when inquiring about having your next project printed? Our Frequently Asked Questions page answers all the most common questions people ask us.

How much do perfect bound books cost?

Prices vary based on page count, many paper stock choices and the size of your booklet. For an accurate price of your perfect bound book, use our Request an estimate page.

We are more than a book making company

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