Perfect Bound Booklet Printing

Perfect bound books are perfect for catalog, booklet, and magazine printing of publications over 40 pages. Our books are printed in full color on your choice of uncoated, gloss, or matte stocks with 80# or 100# cover.

Size: 8.5" x 11" or 5.5" x 8.5" (For different sizes, please request a quote here)

Inside Paper: 80#, 100# Dull or Gloss Coated Text

Cover Paper: 80#, 100# Gloss or Matte Coated Cover

Printing: Full Color Throughout (4/4)

Mailing: Addressing, Prep, and Mail (Optional)

Artwork: Print-Ready PDFs Preferred

Perfect Bound Booklet Printing by U.S. Press

 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, school manuals, cookbooks, company handbooks, yearbooks, and annual reports. For over 40 years, our team has had the privilege to produce thousands of bound books for customers all across the U.S. We take great pride in producing high quality perfect bound books that are beautiful, durable, affordable, and delivered on time. Given the many steps that are involved in producing a book, we strive to provide world class service by assigning a dedicated print representative to your project. Whether you're printing 100 booklets or 10,000 booklets, each customer is given a dedicated account representative who oversees your project from start to finish and is there to answer any questions you have.

Prior to printing your booklets, it's important to determine if perfect binding is the best binding method for your particular design. 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 without the costs of hardcover or case bound books. The finished product will be a softcover book that's both beautiful and durable. 

Perfect binding begins with individual sheets of paper that are collated together and then inserted into a perfect binding finisher that applies a glue to hold the pages together and create a finished spine. Each individual sheet of paper has a front side and a back side, which creates two pages. Unlike saddle stitch binding which requires page counts in increments of 4, perfect bound books can be bound in 2 page increments, which allows you great flexibility in creating the content of your book. Each side of paper constitutes a page, so the front cover of your booklet will count as page 1, the front inside cover of your booklet will be page 2, and so on. 

Perfect Bound Booklets FAQ

What does perfect bound mean?

When you think of perfect binding, think of softcover books. "Perfect bound" is simply printing terminology for how a booklet and its pages are attached to each other.  Perfect binding is the bindery method of gluing pages together at the spine with a flexible thermal glue. Perfect bound books have a square spine. 

Do I need to save my artwork as spreads or individual pages?

You will need to save your artwork as a single PDF that contains individual pages, not spreads. Page 1 of your file should be the front cover, page 2 of your file should be the front inside cover, etc. The last page in your document will be your back cover page.

What are some common uses for these booklets?

Perfect bound books serve a wide variety of purposes and are often used for magazines, product catalogs, instructional manuals, company handbooks, as well as look-books for new lines of products. While saddle-stitching can easily accommodate lower page count booklets, perfect binding can be utilized for page counts over 40 and is the best method for page counts higher than 72. 

How long does it take to print perfect bound books?

Given the nature of this binding method, perfect binding typically takes between 7-10 business days depending on the quantity of books you order. If you have a critical due date for a project, please let us know as we always strive to accomodate customer deadlines. 

Can you mail perfect bound booklets? 

Yes, we can. Booklets can be mailed as self-mailers, meaning they do not need to be enclosed inside an envelope. While 5.5" x 8.5" books require wafer seals to meet USPS regulations, 8.5" x 11" books can be mailed without tabs/wafer seals. If you'd like for U.S. Press to mail your books, simply select the mailing option on our instant pricing calculator. For booklet mailing, the postage cost is largely dependent on the size and weight of your particular piece and thus will be invoiced as a second charge once we process your mail list. Note: you will be asked to upload your mail list after you place your initial print order online. 

What’s the difference between each paper stock? What's the best to choose?

We offer uncoated, gloss, and matte paper stocks. To determine the best stock for your project, it's best to look at the design of your book. Each book we print is unique and thus deserves the perfect combination of paper stocks suited to the particular project. 

If your artwork contains mostly images, we recommend choosing either a matte or gloss coated stock to make your photographs "pop." If you're looking for a shiny appearance, choose one of our gloss stocks. However, if you prefer your artwork to have more of a flat, modern appearance with less shine, a matte stock would be the best fit for you. 

For both our gloss and matte stocks, you will have the option to select a paper weight that best fits your needs. 70# text paper is very lightweight and cost-effective. 80# text paper is a lightweight option and is great for a wide variety of publications including newsletters and booklets that mail. 100# text paper is a thicker, more premium option. If your book has a lower page count, 100# text weight can be a great option; however, with higher page counts, either the 70# or 80# option can still give you a beautiful book for less cost. 

Alternatively, if your artwork is mostly text with few images or if you need a paper stock that can be easily written on, 60# uncoated text might be the best option for your project. Uncoated paper has a texture similar to copy paper and lends itself to easy hand-writing, which makes it a fantastic option for manuals, handbooks, workbooks, and other publications that require readers to write in. Additionally, 60# uncoated text is less expensive than our other coated papers, which can help your book project remain affordable, particularly if your book contains a high page count.

How should I select my cover stock? 

Both 80# and 100# cover are premium cover stock options that will give your perfect bound book a durable, luxurious feel. 80# cover is the lighter cover stock between the two options; 100# cover is thicker/heavier. Often, customers must weigh the advantages of going with a thicker cover stock with what their budget will allow.

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.

Can I order a perfect bound book with more than 120 pages? 

Yes! While our instant pricing calculator offers page counts up to 120 pages, we have the ability to print higher page counts. Please request a custom quote for books over 120 pages.

80# Gloss Text: High quality, medium text weight paper stock with a gloss finish on both sides.
80# 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# 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.
80# Matte Cover: High quality, medium weight cover stock with a satin finish on both sides.
100# Gloss Cover: High quality, heavy weight cover stock with a gloss finish on both sides.
100# Matte Cover: High quality, heavy weight cover stock with a satin finish on both sides.

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 by clicking "Upload Your File & Order Now". Or, if you prefer to send your files a different way, 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

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. Most proofs are sent within 1 business day of order placement; more complex art files can sometimes take longer. 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.

Shipping Transit Time: Once production is complete, your order will ship out via the shipping method you select at checkout. All of our orders ship from our location in Valdosta, Georgia. The transit map below shows expected transit time from our plant in Valdosta to your location based on FedEx Ground shipping. Alternatively, you can select an expedited shipping method (FedEx Express Saver - 3 business day transit), FedEx 2nd Day Air (2 business day transit), or FedEx Overnight Standard (1 business day transit).

Save time by using our guideline templates. Our templates have been setup with proper bleeds and margins, assuring your print job turns out accurate. To download, select a booklet size and file type below.