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Changing your selections may increase or reduce the options available. Please feel free to amend your selections and change the options.
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.
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.
A hardcover, or hard bind (also known as hardbound, and sometimes as case-bound) book is one bound with rigid protective covers (typically of Binder's board or heavy paperboard covered with buckram or other cloth, heavy paper, or occasionally leather).
Hard Binds / Case bound books can use:
Perfect Binding is a widely used soft cover book binding method. With this binding, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong, yet flexible glue and stitched for extra support . They have a square, printed spine and the cover is made from a laminated cardstock that is heavier than the internal pages.
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Turnaround times will commence only when the artwork and quotes have been reviewed/approved
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We use Xerox digital presses 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.
Please be aware, pages with ANY colour will count as and be charged as a colour page. This can often include light greys (if not set up to be B/W) and / or scanned images.
If using a design programme, check your black text to ensure the colour profile, Black text that uses CMYK will be processed as colour, text that uses a % K only will be processed as Black.
All orders are Double sided as a standard, for single-sided printing please select the option.
We will check the PDF file you provide us to print. as follows:
The file-checking service will NOT:
This is not available on 2-hour services
Front and back covers will need to be supplied as a separate file (not included in your internal pages). More Cover information further down the form.
Hardback books have endpapers and flysheets added as standard.
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.
Please Note there is a minimum charge of £15 for 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.
We offer two types of lamination (matt or gloss) that is applied to the outer cover. Lamination is essential to both the binding process and the longevity of the item.
Gloss V’s Matt Lamination?
With the gloss, the shine finish gives the artwork a much more striking look, the light reflects off the cover, the solid colours have a richer depth.
With the matt, the colours are paler, slightly duller, but overall it has a look of high-class, a sophisticated feel that isn’t trying to grab attention by being ‘shiny’.
Please review the examples of the Mechanical Stitch cover artwork or Hand and Section Sewn cover artwork.
Once your book has been printed and the book block created, we will pass you your cover dimensions for your to create your artwork
Click here for Hard Binding Cover set-up guide.
Spine lettering is included in the price with every hard bind using fabric. Lettering is de-bossed on to the spine and /or cover of the book using metal blocks to form words, names etc.
The number of characters and the font size of the text can be limited by the size of the spine.
We also offer spine decorations; these are a traditional feature on the spine of a book. These are usually positioned horizontally across the top and/or bottom of the spine. See Here for spine decoration examples – (Images Required)
We have 3 standard type faces that can be selected along with a small selection of foil colours.
A combination of heat and pressure is used to transfer the foiled letters into the spine.
Please download the form on the link below – Here you will be able to confirm the position and the actual spine lettering required.
Spines have limited space and the number of characters has been restricted to ensure it will all fit.
Once completed, please SAVE and upload this with your main file – Further down the page
A dust jacket is a removable printed paper cover, generally with a decorative design, used to protect a book from dirt or damage.
These are printed on good-quality paper and then laminated.
Once your book has been printed and the case made, we will pass you your dust jacket dimensions for you to create your artwork
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
Click here for Perfect Binding Cover set-up guide.
Click here for Perfect Binding Internal Page set-up guide.
When exporting your file for print, please select single pages NOT spreads
Please note, we need Print Ready PDF Files, Files are not essential for a quote, but would be a benefit, (even if not 100% complete).
If your files are over 50Mb you can upload your file for free via our dropbox
Hard Bind Fabric up to 3 uploads – Main Body + Spine Lettering + Front Cover Lettering