Binding Types | BookPrint

Printing in Unsworth Heights, Auckland.

In recent years book printing technology has rapidly advanced, this allows you to take advantage of dramatically lower costs and the ability to print bookshop quality books in low volumes. We design, print and bind books everyday using our fantastic digital book production setup to produce short run books. If your sales grow we can help you transition to larger orders through our offshore printing partners allowing you to take advantage of the cost efficiencies of book printing in Asia.

When is local printing for me?

  • if you are printing up to 500 hard cover books,
  • or up to 1,000 soft cover colour books or booklets,
  • or up to 2,000 black and white soft cover books,
  • or you just want your book printed in good ol’ New Zealand,
  • or you are in a hurry ;).

You can trust our process:

  1. Discussion. We will sort through the specification of your book, including papers, print, covers, binding etc. We have samples you can come and see in our showroom.
  2. Proof. We provide an unbound proof  for $65 or free for jobs over $1,000. This typically takes 2-3 days to complete plus shipping time.
  3. Payment. After accepting the proof you will need to make payment.
  4. Wait. It will take approximately 9 working days for softcover books, and 12 working days for hardcover books to be produced. Shipping is typically 2-3 days nationwide.
  5. Awesome. Your books will get delivered to your specified address, and you can start distributing them.

At any stage in the process we are always available to talk with, on the phone, via email or in our office. That is the beauty of dealing with a trusted New Zealand Book Printer.

Would you like an example cost? I know I would if I was you, so here you go.

Premium Novel

5×8 inches
Perfect Bound – PUR glue
Text: 180 pages, 80gsm bulky book stock, printed black
Qty of 200. Unit cost $8.00 +gst
Qty of 600. Unit cost $6.50 +gst

Hardcover Memoir

165x230mm (oversize reader)
Hardcover: 3mm board, smythe sewn, buckram cloth, foiled title.
Text: 120gsm bright white, 100 pages, 20 photos.
Qty of 20. Unit cost $70 +gst
Qty of 60. Unit cost $40.00 +gst

Soft Cover Kids Book

A4 Portrait
Perfect Bound (soft cover)
150gsm / 300gsm Coated Art Stock + Gloss Laminate
CMYK colour throughout text and cover
44 pages
Qty of 200 Unit cost $8.30 +gst
Qty of 600. Unit cost $6.40 +gst

Keen to get started?

Fire through a query and we can get you a production slot scheduled. Or just want to have a chat? Send a message through anyway we’d love to spend some time going through various options or just talking books with you 🙂

Want to rub books on your face?  Book sniffers and touchers are more than welcome to come past our office/ showroom/ production space. Book an appointment with Amy using the handy dandy appointment booking button.

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Binding Types Available

Hard cover book binding type

Hard Cover Binding (Case Bound)

For high value books, case binding is the way to go. At BookPrint we can work with you to produce hard cover books that will leave an impact. Hard cover books are not cheap to produce in small quantities but become more affordable as the quantity increases – notably around the 1,000 copies amount when it becomes economically viable to have them created by our partner in Taiwan.

For hardcover binding we offer a number of embellishments to match the finish with the binding, this can include foiling, debossing, laminates, leather, buckram, wibalin or other binding cloths. Then within the case there are numerous ways we can bind the ‘text block’ these include section sewing (smyth sewing), singer sewing, PUR, or stab sewing.

Case bound or hardcover binding is for special books. Whether it is a limited edition history or any other high value book. Case binding is the way to go.

Perfect Binding (Paperback)

Many books are perfect bound (soft cover). It is the industry standard for novels, self-help books such as religous or motivational, fiction and non-fiction.

Probably because it is a versatile and great looking binding. We can perfect bind books from A6 right up to oversize A4.

We can add cover flaps to give it a more upmarket feel and increased durability. The minimum spine thickness is 2mm and the maximum is 49mm.

There are two glues we use: an EVA hotmelt, or for books that require extra durability PUR is available which has a stronger bind and is recommended when binding coated stocks.

Perfect Binding Type Book Printing

Wire Bound Book Printing

Wire Binding (Wiro)

Wiro binding is a practical and traditional binding method. We can wiro bind virtually any size upto A3.

The benefits of wire binding is the ability to leave your book open flat at any page – the down side is the wire is bulky so can get damaged when in shelves and there is no spine.

Because of it’s lie flat ability it is a practical choice for cook books, or anything that is written on such as note books, conference notes, training manuals etc.

Saddle Stitch Bound (Stapled Booklets)

Saddle stitch binding is a practical and cost effective binding method. We can saddle stitch booklets from A6 right up through to A4 portrait.

We can saddle stitch 2 sheets (giving you an 8 page booklet) right up to 50 80gsm sheets (giving you a 200 page booklet).

However, when the books get thicker from approximately 80 pages onwards the spine can become slightly damaged in the process so for high presentation requirements it is advised to switch to an alternate binding method.

Saddle Stitch Bound (Stapled Booklets)

Get your book on it’s way.

Keen to get started? If so fire through a query and we can get you a production slot scheduled.

Just want to have a chat? Fire a message through anyway we’d love to spend some time going through various options or just talking books with you 🙂

Want to rub books on your face? Book sniffers and touchers are more than welcome to come past our office/ showroom/ production space. We are open for walk ins Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 3pm or call for an appointment.

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