A Handy Check List for Setting up Perfect Bound Books

Published by Northside Graphics • 5th August 2019

Imagine this: you’ve just sent your book away to be printed, you’re excited to see your finished product… but when you get it back you’re disappointed because it hasn’t printed the way you wanted and it just doesn’t stand up to the high-quality you imagined…   

At Northside Graphics, we want to help you avoid this disappointment. We check all our print jobs for errors before printing but to help you get it perfect the first time, we’ve created this ultimate checklist for setting up Perfect Bound Books.

1. Safe Area (Margins) for your Inner Pages

It’s really important that you leave a minimum of 12mm safe area from each inner page. This is done by leaving a 12mm margin from the bound edge on the right-hand side of your left pages, and then another 12mm margin on the left-hand side of your right pages. 

2. Submitting your Book

To ensure that your book is bound perfectly, you need to make sure that you are sending it to us in the correct format. We ask that your books be sent as two multipage PDF’s. This includes;

- 1st PDF; Cover File

The four pages you should include in this PDF are;

- Front cover

- Inside front over

- Inside back over

- Back cover

Before you send this away, please make sure that these cover pages are submitted as flat spreads in a 2 page PDF, but sent as one whole PDF document. 

Our automated system will tell you what width of your spine will be after you get a quote from us. The spine on the outside covers (front and back) will not be visible, but with the inside covers, it will be visible because this is where the glue will be applied to bind the exterior to the covers. 

- 2nd PDF; Inner Files

All of your inner pages should be supplied as one multi-page PDF. The document should run as single pages from the first to last inside page and include any blank pages where you would like them.

There you have it, everything you need to know about setting up your Perfect Bound Books for print. 

Here at Northside Graphics, we have perfected the art of print for over 30 years now. With the use of our 4 HP Indigo Presses, we can guarantee you the highest quality of digital print. We’re always on hand to help with any questions or queries you may have when it comes to book printing. For more information, feel free to contact us on 02890 222 111 or email us at [email protected]