We specialize in custom book printing with low minimums starting at $250. All of our equipment is designed to help keep creatives and businesses agile by bringing boutique-level print to lower quantities.
We have eight different bind types to keep your brand feeling fresh and dialed in. Choose from perfect binding, hardcover binding, thread saddle sewing, thread smyth sewing, wire-o binding, screw-post binding and more.
We have over 100 different paper stocks to dial in your project. We’ve vetted each one to make sure the quality stays high. Not every paper works with different types of art so we’ll guide you on the best mix.
We have two different ink options – matte and glossy ink. Matte ink is great for a warmer, more classic and vintage feel. Glossy ink is great for strong colors and for a book that pops a bit more.
Look further down this guide to see the difference.
Clients that add an embellishment to the covers of their book are able to enhance the value of their book. We provide nearly all available embellishments that our industry provides:
We offer a plethora of binding types in house to finish your project. We offer other higher quality bindings as well with our partners. The bindings below can be produced within a quick turnaround time for your rush projects as well.
Also known as softcover binding, this is our favorite binding method. Our PUR glue helps books lay flatter and last longer. We can do from 1-2000 books in house with confidence and we have vetted partners for larger projects.
Our hardcover binding is great for presentations. We use a soft touch laminate for our covers for a premium feel. For larger projects we have vetted partners that can do library quality bindings and lay-flat bindings.
Screw post binding is fantastic for projects that need a unique look. We’re able to bind books as large as 24w x 12h for books that need to make an impact.
This is also a unique bind. We use the tape more for aesthetic purposes to give your project a throwback feel. We first perfect bind the books and then tape it at the end.
Wire-O binding has a great presentation feel while keeping your book completely flat. This is also a great product for those tight deadlines as these books do not need any glue curing time.
This is very similar to Wire-O binding but we recommend this for heavy use. The plastic coil tends to be a bit more gentle and it also allows for a lay flat book.
Staple saddle stitch books are great for lower page count projects with tons of full spread images. It provides the best transitions for full spreads since there are no gutters. We have different staple colors as well like red, white, blue, black, gold, and copper.
This is only for unique projects for very low use. It has a beautiful lay flat look due to the flexibility of the glue, but these books will come apart since the glue is weak. This is popular if you want to incorporate postcards and turn it into a tear off book.
Paper selection for custom book printing is a crucial step to aligning your art with your vision. The photos below is just a small sample of papers we have. Paper breaks down into two main components – the feel and the thickness.
The feel and look of paper breaks down into four general categories:
Gloss – A reflective sheen. This is the most common paper type for commercial use.
Silk – A modern coated paper. It’s silky smooth and is coated, but has a low sheen.
Uncoated – There’s no visible coating on the sheet to help enhance the character of the fibers of paper. Many printers struggle printing on this type of paper but we love it on our HP Indigo press.
Specialty – A very large category that includes textured, colored, metallic, and other less common types of paper. We also love printing on specialty papers on our HP Indigo press.
For book interiors we typically stick to “text” weight papers. 60# text is the closest to “copy” paper we have. 100# text will give you the least amount of show through when flipping through the pages. As you increase the thickness of your book, it’ll make the book feel more “stiff”.
This adds an additional dimension to your print. We have two types to help dial in your custom book.
We can combine premium perfect bound books with white ink, digital die cutting, holographic foil, and everything in between to make your book stand out.
The best custom books start with a great conversation. We’ll help demystify the print process so you can choose the best method for your proejct.
Our guides help creatives design with the end in mind so you can save time and have the best looking product.
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