Common Questions


What are your opening times?

8.30 am - 5.30 pm, Mon - Fri.

Binding starts from 9 am 

Are you open on weekends?
Sometimes, please call on Thursday/Friday to check availability
Where are you located?

Click here to view our location

Do I need to make an appointment?

No, if you require the same day service all we ask is that you are here before

9.30am for Bespoke Binds and other binding work

10.30am for Standard Hard Bind, Soft Bind and Same day simple binds 

Simple bindings such as Velo, Thermal and Wiro binding can be done while you wait (subject to availability) with no appointment necessary

Can I bring my own sheets to be bound?

Yes you can bring your own pre printed sheets to us. (We strongly recommend using 90gsm - 120gsm to avoid any issues with binding).

If you would like us to print on your own paper, please contact us before you purchase.


How should I supply my files for printing?

As PDF please click here for more info

What margins should i use for binding?

We recommend leaving the default MS Word settings or leave around 2.5cm on the binding edge and around 0.5 all other edges.

Please refer to your institution / university guidelines as there may be regulations that you need to follow   

What should I do if my file is too large to send via email?

You can upload your file for free via our dropbox

Can I email my completed work?

Yes if you are having problems uploading your file via the order form please complete the order then email your PDF/s with order number to


You can upload your file for free via our dropbox

What should I do if I have multiple files?

Please number your PDF files in the order they are to be printed and email them with your order number to please place order online first.


You can upload your file for free via our dropbox

Do you only print & bind thesis?
No, we offer a wide range of printing & binding including full leather binding & restoration work, please call and talk to a member of staff for more details.
Do you offer FREE Deliveries?

Yes - we offer Free delivery to selected Institution / Universities  (minimum order £30.00)


Birkbeck College, Malet Street, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX

Christie's Education, 153 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 5BD

Courtaulds (Strand), Strand, London,  WC2R 0RN

Kings Franklin-Wilkins Building, 127 Stamford Street, South Bank London SE1 8WA

Imperial College - (South Kensington Only) Kensington London SW7 2AZ

Kings Maughan library Chancery Lane London WC2A 1LR

UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0AL

King's College James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road London, SE1 8WA

King's College, Guy's Campus, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT

King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

UCL Main Campus, Gower Street, Kings Cross, London,WC1E 6BT

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street,  Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HT

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Houghton Street, Holborn, London WC2A 2AE

Regent's Business School London, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NS

SOAS, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0XG

Sotheby's Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE

UCL, Student Centre, Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6BT

Can you deliver my work for me?

Yes, you will find all delivery options on the order form

Free Deliveries SEE FAQ

Paid Deliveries see below

Order value below £20.00 or non free - SE1/W1/WC1/WC2/EC1/EC2/EC3/EC4/SW1 £6.00

Order value below £20.00 - SW7 - £10.00

Goldsmiths (same day courier) - £14.00

Institute of Psychiatry - £10.00

FEDEX Next Working Day Scotland, Wales (Excluding Highlands and islands) £12.00

FEDEX  up to 3 working days Scotland & Wales £9.60

International (including N. Ireland)-  Add Full Address and we will quote you

How can I send my file for printing & Binding?

Please use our online order form, you will be given options at the end for sending us files.


You can upload your file for free via our dropbox

Do you do a same day service?



9.30am - collection 5.30pm for Bespoke Binds and other binding work

10.30am - collection 3.30pm for Standard fabric Hard Bind, Soft Bind and Same day simple binds


How do the 2 & 3 day services work?
example: 2 day service submitted to us before 10.30am on Monday would be ready Tuesday afternoon at 3.30pm (2 days) submitted after 10.30am it would be ready at 3.30pm Wednesday
Do you offer a faster service?

Yes, we have limited 2 and 4 Hour service, but please call us for availability.

What simple binds do you offer?

Wiro Binds

Velo Binds

Theremal Binds

How many pages can you bind in one book?

We can bind up to around;

500 pages (3" in thickness) in one book 

Simple binds

Wiro C. 160 pages (320 Double sided)

Thermal C.300 (600 Doulbe sided)

Velo - C.550 (1100 Double Sided)

Do you do Gold or silver foiling on the books?
Yes all of our thesis binding will be lettered to university requirements, we also do special requests for bespoke projects
What sizes can you bind?

We can bind documents as small as A6 and as large A0, please contact us for more info

Some more common sizes and the bookblock styles can be found here book-case-option-grid

What standard fabrics do you stock?

We Stock  C. 32 Buckram Cloths 

 Arbelave Library Buckram, used by all the leading library binders in the United Kingdom, It is suitable for both hand and machine binding. The durable, wipeable and scuff-resistant surface. Click here for the colour SWATCH FINAL

Do you carry any other fabrics?

Yes - we stock a number of premium fabrics including 

Brillianta is a Natural woven rayon cloth with a fresh, contemporary look. Acid free paper lining and exceptionally brilliant colours.

A smooth faux leather, our QUINEL® Nubuk Becerro is reminiscent of luxurious leathers.
The versatile material impresses with its versatile character and gives your projects a high-quality finish.

WINTAN NUBES Bonded Leat her & WINTAN NATURAL LINE PALMA Recycled Leat her:
A smooth bonded leather made of 85% genuine leather fibers, waste retrieved from tanneries. Looks smells and feels like genuine leather.
Recycled Leather made of 85% genuine leather fibers, waste retrieved from tanneries. Looks smells and feels like genuine leather.

Rexine is a strong coated cloth embossed to look like leather, made especially for bookbinding.
It has a rugged, rough finish. Rexine is long lasting and tough.

Premium Material Swatch

Do you have any inner page set up guides?

Yes for the 3 main types of book blocks

Section Sewing
Page count needs to be in blocks of 4 pages, blank pages can be added. A Section Sewn book, regardless of page count will be able to lay flat. Pages are printed and folded together into sections. Each section is then sewn into the following section along the spine. The spine is then glued together and a piece of linen is then glued to the spine for extra support. section-sewn-inner-page-setup

Hand Stab Sewn
Stab sewn A.K.A over-sewn binding is a type of bookbinding produced by sewing together loose leaves of paper to form a book block. Threads pass through small holes that have been drilled along the binding edge, forming overlock stitches. A piece of linen is then glued to the book block spine for further support. It is a very strong, durable binding technique.stab-stitch-inner-page-setup

Mechanical Stitch
Up to 12 regularly spaced holes are punched along the binding edge of the printed sheets. A plastic strip incorporating identically spaced ‘tines’ is then inserted through the aligned holes so that they protrude through all of the pages to the other side, also then passing through another plastic strip which has identically spaced holes. A binding machine then clamps tightly down on the whole assembly so that the book is compacted together. The excess lengths of tine are cut off and heat melted at the same time to seal them to the 2nd plastic strip, so forming a secure binding.mechanical-inner-page-setup-


Are there any cover page set up guides?

Yes we have;

Printed Hard Cover - Mechnical Stitch hard-binding-cover-guide-mechanical-stitch

Printed Hard Cover  - Stab Stich, Section Sewn  hard-binding-cover-guide-stab-stitch-and-section-sewn 

Perfect Bind - perfect-binding-cover-setup

What is a binding margin?

When creating a document in Microsoft Word for print binding, you must allow for added margin space in the area of the page that falls within the spine of the finished product. Word calls this area the gutter and allows you to customize the size based on your binding needs. Word also offers options for binding with facing, double-printed pages and center-folded, booklet-style printing where you have two pages per sheet of paper.

What printers do you use?

We use Xerox digital printers for our printing. Our printers produce high quality text and graphics with crisp vivid colours and will give your book a professional look and feel. Our standard paper is a high quality 100gm white paper which is suitable for text and graphics equally.


How are documents with colour and back and white pages managed?

Our printers count the number of colour and B&W pages and you will be charged for what you have. Please be aware, pages with ANY colour will count as and be charged as a colour page. This will include hyperlinks if they are still in blue on the PDF and can often include light greys (if not set up to be B/W) and/ or scanned images. Please check your PDF to avoid any unexpected charges.

How are documents with colour and back and white pages managed?

Our printes count the number of colour and B&W pages and you will be charged for what you have. Please be aware, pages with ANY colour will count as and be charged as a colour page. This will include hyperlinks if they are still in blue on the PDF and can often include light greys (if not set up to be B/W) and/ or scanned images. Please check your PDF to avoid any unexpected charges.

What is the difference between RGB and CMYK

The main thing to remember is that RGB is used for electronic prints (cameras, monitors, TV’s) and CMYK is used for printing. Therefore, when you are designing something for print, you will be using the colours of RGB. However, when it comes to actually printing the end product, it will be printed in CMYK and not RGB.

If you've created your designs in the RGB colour mode, you need to remember to convert the design to CMYK before sending it off to print. You may also need to colour correct the design manually by adjusting the cyan, magenta, yellow and key colour variations.

If you prefer to design in CMYK and intend to use your design for large printed media, Adobe Illustrator or a similar vector-based application might be the best option.

Do you stock any other papers?

Yes we stock;

100gsm matt - A high-quality premium paper with exceptional smoothness for excellent colour.

140gsm uncoated - Wood free, quality paper, excellent whiteness, smooth non-reflective surface.

160gsm Super Smooth Matt - Premium 1st class smoothness & whiteness, outstanding print quality.

170gsm Silk Coated - Low gloss finish produces beautiful images and crisp text.


To order these, please use our bespoke order form


What are Head bands and Registrar Ribbons?


Register ribbon bookmark are fixed into hardcover books. we have a range of colours and styles.

An head band is a part of a book, most often found with hardcover bindings, that consists of a small strip of material affixed near the spine to provide a decorative effect.

We have a changing range of headband colours and if ordered, we will select the colour that matches the case colour closest



What is bleed?

Ink that goes all the way to the edge of the paper is called “bleed”. This means that the printer is going to request bleed to be included on all four sides of your document.

The most common way printers achieve this result is to print on a larger sheet of paper than needed and trim it down to size. If your artwork is the exact size of the finished piece, it’s possible that a slight shift while trimming will result in a white edge on the final piece. Bleed is artwork that extends past the trim line of the document.


What are mirrored margins?

If you are printing on both sides of the paper, (double sided print) and binding your document, you may need mirror the margins, this means ensuring the space needed for binding is set up correctly on both sides of the printed paper.

This is easy to do and it is best completed before you start to create your files. Using Word, select  Layout, click on Margins, Click Custom margins, Pages, Multiple Pages select Mirror Margins.

If you require a large margin on the binding edge, on the same margin page you can select a bigger gutter margin on the left or top.

What is the difference between a hard bind, perfect bind and soft bind?

Hard Back / Hard Bind

Hard Back / Hard Bind- Typically, a 3mm thick grey board is cut for the front and back covers. The spine is measured and cut using Emblem grey board 461gsm. Covers overhang the book block by C.4mm on the top, bottom and fore-edge.

Paperback/Perfect Bind

These covers are printed on 350gsm board. This is the perfect media and is similar stiffness to a post card / business card.
Covers can be laminated with either a Matt Laminate (28 Mic) or a Gloss Laminate (27 Mic).
Paperback books generally use a 7mm hinge as these are hand stab stitched and glued.
The case is then creased 4 times to account for the spine and hinges that are required.

Soft Bind

A soft bind uses 1mm board covered in a fabric and are cut flush at the edges. Front cover lettering is not possible on this binding (only lettering on the spine).

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