What is “Perfect” Binding? Process & Benefits

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If you’ve ever stuck a book in your pocket or flipped through a training manual, there’s a good chance that it was a paperback “perfect” bound book. In this piece, we’re going to look at what makes a perfect-bound book as well as it’s many benefits for publishers and readers alike.

“Perfect” — Not The Binding

Oddly enough, the main adjective used to describe perfect binding has nothing to do with the binding at all. Perfect binding is a flat binding of various folds of a page using an incredibly durable yet flexible thermal glue. The pages are first glued together to create the binding. After the pages have been bound, the pages are all uniformly trimmed to size. This uniform cut on three sides creates an extremely orderly, “perfect” series of edges not always found in traditional hardcover books. Perfect binding makes for a clean look that stacks well and looks great on a shelf.

Some Advantages of Perfect Binding

Perfect binding books are a favorite among readers for their strength and clean edge appearance. Perfect-bound books appeal to publishers because they are relatively inexpensive and can be created in limited supply. Even a one-off book can be printed with a perfect-bound cover. This smaller quantity print option makes perfect-bound books a favorite among businesses for training manuals, report books, and other documents.

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