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Our team is excited to get the pages turning on your custom book.
“The flipbooks arrived and they look fantastic! Thank you so much for taking care of this – we love them! Wonderful service! Cushing helped us print & assemble a somewhat unusual project with waterproof paper & carabiner binding, and throughout the entire process from quote to delivery they were very fast, very responsive & helped us research solutions as challenges came up. The product printed beautifully & everyone we interacted with was knowledgeable, helpful & polite.”
What is a perfect bound book? A binding style that resembles a paperback book and comes in a variety of sizes. Laminating adds a professional look to stand out from the competition. When it comes to perfect bound binding, clients tend to call ahead even if their book or design is still in the beginning stages (which is great; we love these inquiries). In the design phase? Explore the perfect binding infographic below. Make your presentation perfect with a perfect bound book!
Use these perfect binding guidelines to prepare your files. Click the image to download the guidelines as well.
GBC plastic comb books are an inexpensive, low maintenance option for many document types, including financial reports and training guides. We tend to receive a number of requests from architectural and engineering community for this binding option. It can be used with many applications and popular within manufacturing and the engineering printing industries.
It has nothing to do with horseback riding, but this binding option is offered in response to frequent client requests received by our customer service team: I need a book printed and bound but don’t want it that big?
Or: I need a multipage piece but not bulky, thin in appearance. Sound like your project? Saddle stich is an option for you to consider.
Ideal for shorter presentations, wire-o binding can be used for annual reports, marketing collateral, pricing books, sales reports or ANY other document that needs a special flair. Wire bound books are sturdy, will deliver the impressive results you need and keep the pages flipping. Many marketing directors spec this bind specifically; most likely it will come down to personal preference. Want a sample? Lets talk.
Coil/spiral document binding allows you to lay documents flat when open, or turn pages notebook-style. We have a wide selection of classic spiral binding styles and cover options perfect for document printing. Spiral is strictly plastic. Customers tend to request this option because it works well to spruce up a presentation and catches the eye.
“I had a super tight deadline to get a small order of printed books for an important proposal. Somehow, Cushing delivered in time, the books were flawless, and we won the business! The quality of the HP Indigo Digital Press was incredible. Two of the decision makers at the meeting remarked at how professional the proposal books were, and I’m convinced that gave us the edge. I’m very impressed that Cushing treated us with such care and attention even with our last-minute order. No doubt I’ll be coming back to them again.”
Adobe InDesign is Cushing’s #1 one choice for ﬁle building programs, speciﬁcally when packaged to include all ﬁles, crop marks, bleeds, links, and fonts. Print-ready PDF ﬁles should include crop marks and image bleed. Why do we request sending this way? It helps us incorporate your book spine and ensure the pages are in correct order.
Files must be set up as one ﬁle with single pages or facing pages. We ask that you not set these up as printer spreads. Why do we prefer the files this way? Perfect bound books are typically two-sided, so spreads can confuse the pagination and require additional work to correct. ready to move forward with your project and have additional questions?
Please tell us during setup if the cover of the book has printing on the inside front and inside back cover pages. The glue doesn’t stick to the toner on the inside of the spine, so a white “no print area” will be created, by Cushing, when setting up the cover and should only affect this area. Internally, we’ll set up the cover spread (front/back inside and outside) as a separate ﬁle and add the spine to it. The size of the spine is determined by us, according to the number of pages needed, and cannot be smaller than a 1/4” inch. Type and/or graphics can be printed on the spine. Please create a separate ﬁle for this named “Spine”.
On our Konica Minolta, the maximum sheet size we can run is 26” inches x 13” inches. This means that the largest size book that can be produced on this machine is 12” inches x 12” inches. Another option we offer is the HP Indigo digital press, and the largest book size available is 9” inches x 12” inches.
While we can print up to 110 lb. cover stock for perfect bound covers, the maximum paper weight for interior pages is a 100# text weight stock.
For a book that has the minimum number of pages, we would only recommend this weight.
Please keep in mind that we do have a $35 minimum – this keeps your material cost down – and the attention to detail up!
Here are some perfect bound books.
“Val was so helpful and patient with everything that went into our order. The books turned out great and everybody loved them. Cushing was so wonderful to work with and we will definitely be using them again in the future!”
“The personal phone call from Maht put Cushing at the top of the list. The personal touch showed me right away that Cushing was a dedicated and professional service.”
Your custom book is a useful leave behind. Don’t forget to include critical information such as your website and contact details.
Make it easy for your prospects and customers to get back to you.
“I can’t thank Cushing enough for the incredible work they have done for us. Always able to fit in our often last minute request and always the top quality. Cushing is our go-to for all of our printing needs over at Whittl!”
From event agendas and programs to a syllabus, these can be a simple two-paged staple document or 400 page document. Speaking at a conference or trade show in Chicago? Have a critical sales presentation? We can have all your print ready materials here when you arrive. We can even have them ready for you in over 200 cities in North America and the UK, right out of Chicago. Simply want to impress your audience with a high quality, customized document? Consider proposal printing. Not only will your audience be impressed, they’ll be able to reference the information you presented for days and weeks to come.
With so many professionals and businesses in the city of Chicago, no two inquiries are the same. Clients include Chicago-based advertising agencies, writers, business and owners. Custom printed books to additional small format printing, check out our latest digital press, offering incredible quality, by clicking the image below.
No matter if you are an aspiring author or marketing manager, we take your printed books seriously and want you satisfied. You want to create a custom book that’s as unique as you are. It’s sure to get rave reviews.