PERFECT BOUND BROCHURES: A STRONGER, CLASSIER BOOK
This style of binding is probably the most popular around, and for good reason. Perfect binding gives that wonderful high-class magazine quality to your brochure or catalogue and as a bonus will work wonders for the long-lasting durability of your publication.
We realise that it's often a struggle for you to give your literature an edge without paying over the odds. That's why we couldn't recommend perfect bound printing more; it'll give your clients an awesome impression and really will last long enough to prove its worth.
Printing your brochure as a perfect bound booklet makes so much sense. You can use the perfect binding style as a base for all manner of other beautiful embellishments, such as a spot UV gloss varnish (awesome on top of matt lamination, or even soft-touch velvet lamination). Try experimenting with unusual paper styles too, such as this unique, award-winning perfect bound brochure we produced using a Kraft board for the cover.
Popular sizes for perfect bound brochures include:
- A4 landscape and portrait
- 210 x 210mm square
- A5 landscape and portrait
- DL (210 x 99mm or third A4) portrait
Usually a minimum of 36 pages of text is recommended for perfect bound brochure printing, but this will depend on the thickness of the paper used. We'd always recommend a perfect bound spine for anything with more pages than that anyway as it would be too bulky for a standard saddle-stitch. (You may have heard of PUR bound brochures; it's exactly the same thing. PUR is just the type of glue that we use in perfect bound booklet spines. It's flexible and tough, meaning that your brochure will open out better and last longer).
Perfect binding is ideal for both low and high quantities including digital print. It's a really cost-effective binding method and makes a lot of sense. We produce a lot of digitally-printed brochures with a perfect bound spine and it does make a lot of sense given the relatively low cost and long life.
It probably goes without saying that perfect bound books such as catalogues and brochures which have 100pp or more should have a decent cover (350gsm - 400gsm) combined with lamination and a thinner text paper (130gsm is a good choice). This will give you the perfect blend between durability, cost-efficiency and quality.
Perfect bound brochures are suitable for all paper options. Often, we find that catalogues and magazines are best on a gloss paper. Brochures, look books, guides etc are usually printed on a silk paper (less sheen than a gloss). For a touch of class and to give your brochure a slightly rustic charm, go for a gorgeous uncoated paper. Ask us for samples to help you decide which is best for you.
If you need your brochure to really last long, then we'd recommend a section-sewn (or thread sewn) bound book. This is literally as it sounds - the book is bound together at the spine with actual thread before the cover is attached. If you're expecting your book to get a lot of use as well as last for years, then this is the one for you.
If you would like to find out more about perfect bound brochure printing then please do get in touch. Or pop a question in the chat window below. We're always on hand to help.