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Here at U.S. Press, we want to make sure your books speak volumes for you with our high-quality, professional book printing. Well-designed and expertly printed, our bound books are ideal for a variety of projects: price booklets, product catalogs, magazines, self-published books, employee manuals, cookbooks, company handbooks, yearbooks, and annual reports.
Perfect binding is a popular binding method for booklets larger than 40 pages. Unlike saddle-stitch booklets that require staples in the spine, perfect bound books are created by gluing the pages and cover at the spine with a flexible and durable thermal glue. While they tend to be more expensive than saddle-stitched booklets, perfect binding will give your books and catalogs a highly professional, upscale design.
Size: 8.5" x 11" or 5.5" x 8.5" Paper: 60#, 70#, 80#, 100# Dull or Gloss Coated Text with 80# or 100# CoverInk: Full Color ThroughoutOptions: Mailing Services Available; 3 Holes Drilled OptionalArtwork: Print Ready PDFs Preferred; Design Services Available
Size: 8.5" x 11" or 5.5" x 8.5"
Paper: 60#, 70#, 80#, 100# Dull or Gloss Coated Text with 80# or 100# Cover
Ink: Full Color Throughout
Options: Mailing Services Available; 3 Holes Drilled Optional
Artwork: Print Ready PDFs Preferred; Design Services Available
70# Gloss Text: High quality, light text weight paper stock with a gloss finish on both sides. 80# Gloss Text: High quality, medium text weight paper stock with a gloss finish on both sides.80# Dull/Matte Text: High quality, medium text weight paper stock with a satiny, matte finish on both sides.100# Gloss Text: High quality, heavy text weight paper stock with a gloss finish on both sides.100# Dull/Matte Text: High quality, heavy text weight paper stock with a satiny, matte finish on both sides.80# Gloss Cover: High quality, medium weight cover stock with a gloss finish on both sides.100# Gloss Cover: High quality, heavy weight cover stock with a gloss finish on both sides.
Basic layout and print file guidelines:Document size: Same size as final trim size of piece
Bleed: Set your bleed to .125" on all sides
Safe Area: Set your margins to .125" and keep all important elements (logos, text, and images that do not bleed) within these margins
Resolution: 300 PPI for all images is strongly recommended for best print quality
File Type: PDFs are preferred
Uploading files: You can upload files directly to this product page, or you can send files here.
If you need any help with creating your print ready artwork, please give us a call at 800-227-7377 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proofing: After you place your order and upload your artwork, our prepress team will begin inspecting your files to ensure your document size, bleed lines, margins, image resolution, and more are correct in order for the best print quality.They will email you a soft proof (PDF) for your approval prior to printing. Soft proofing is an easy way to see what your finished product will look like and make sure the content is correct. However, soft proofing is not intended for exact color matching. Every monitor displays color differently, and on backlit screens, colors may appear lighter than the actual colors contained in your files. If color matching is critical, please give us a call at 800-227-7377 to order a hard proof.Production Time: Production time begins after proof approval and is the time required to produce your order before it ships. It is calculated in business days, starting at the next occurrence of 9:00 AM Eastern on the 1st business day after the proof is approved. U.S. Press is closed Saturdays, Sundays and all major holidays; thus, these days are not included in the production schedule.
What does perfect bound mean?This is printing terminology for how a booklet and its pages are attached to each other. Perfect binding is the method of gluing pages together at the spine with a flexible thermal glue. Perfect bound books have a square spine.
What are some common uses for booklets?Common uses include product catalogs, instructional manuals, company handbooks, as well as look books for new lines of products.
Does U.S. Press mail booklets like postcards or other products? Yes, we do. To add mail services, simply select “Yes, mail them for me” under the Mailing Services option on our pricing calculator. Postage is additional and will be calculated after list processing.
What’s the difference between each paper stock? What's the best to choose? We offer both gloss and dull paper stocks. If you're looking for a shiny appearance, choose one of our gloss stocks. If you're looking for more of a flat, matte appearance, choose one of our dull/velvet paper stocks. Next, decide on the weight of paper you would like. 70# text paper is a very lightweight option and is a good option for newsletters and booklets that mail. 80# and 100# text paper stocks are slightly thicker, with 100# text being a more premium option. If you'd like to add a thicker cover (rather than self-cover), then you can select either 80# or 100# cover which will give your booklets a more upscale feel.
What does self-cover mean? What is a heavy cover? Self-cover simply means that the outside cover is the same text weight paper as the inside pages. A heavy cover is an additional cover (adds 4 pages to your booklet) that is printed on premium cardstock, which gives your booklets a durable, luxurious feel.
Can I order a perfect bound book less than 40 pages? Perfect bound books are intended for larger publications such as catalogs, annual books, and magazines. If you're looking to print a smaller catalog or booklet with less pages, we recommend checking out our saddle-stitched booklets as this will be a more feasible and cost-effective option.