Book Printing in Lancaster, Morecambe, Preston & The Fylde Coast

Your memoirs or a safety manual, your repair guide or novel. We print books of all kinds from stapled booklets through to case bound books with foiled cover and dust jacket. From periodicals or just a few copies to distribute to family we like to think we have it covered.

The range of finishes for this kind of work is quite extensive and can be confusing.

Below are the common type of bound finishes available and an explanation as to what each one offers.





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Stapled Booklet finish: This is the common stapled or sometimes referred to as wire stitched booklet finish. Suitable up to a maximum of 64pages this is the most cost effective way of producing a booklet. And gives a neat professional result. The cover can be on a different material to the body of the booklet and can even be laminated if required.


Perfect Binding: This method of binding consists of melt gluing a drawn on cover to a book block. Commonly used for paperback books it has an advantage over a booklet in that a flat spine is created and therefore can have a title printed on the spine to be visible on a shelf. The bind is suitable particularly for ‘soft’ uncoated paper as the glue can really get hold of the paper for a strong bind. For silk and other coated sheets PUR binding is recommended. Again the cover can be of a different material and is commonly printed on card and laminated.


PUR Binding: This process is identical in method to perfect binding but a Polyurethane Reactive glue is used. While a little more costly the bind is far superior in strength and durability. It is commonly used in printed catalogues where high usage and robust handling are expected. Where a perfect Bind may give when the book is broken (the pages are opened so far the spine cracks) and pages may become loose. The PUR bind is much less brittle and pages can be opened flat without risk to the book.


Wiro Binding: This is suitable for manuals and workbooks as the pages truly lie flat. The common use of wiro binding is calendars where the bind is usually augmented with a hanger at the centre to allow for wall mounting. This does not allow for a printed spine for shelf viewing.


Half Canadian Binding: This is a way of wiro binding where a printed spine is allowed for and the wiro runs inside the back cover.


Case Binding: This is the kind of binding seen on traditional books where the cover may be covered in material or even leather. Often the cover and spine are hot foiled with title and author whilst an optional colour dust jacket is wrapped around. The body of the text is produced in folded sections, which are then section sewn and the cover drawn on. Traditionally a fly sheet is inserted between the cover and the first and last pages giving an authentic feel to a really high quality publication.