Softcover Binding Options

James and Brookfield Publishers

Softcover Binding Options

softcover book options

Perfect Binding:
Pages are stacked and milled along the spine to improve the bond between the paper and the glue. An industrial glue is applied to the spine where the pages are then mated to a card-stock cover. The book is then trimmed on three sides to complete the “perfect” look where pages are flush with the cover. Perfect Binding is common with most fiction and non-fiction books and is widely used throughout the industry as it enables printing on the spine of a cover.

Perfect Binding with Flaps:
Much like perfect binding but with an addition of flaps on the cover to create a look similar to a dust-jacket book but in the format of a paperback. Pages are stacked and milled along the spine to improve the bond between the paper and the glue. An industrial glue is applied to the spine where the pages are then mated to a card-stock cover. 
Perfect Binding with flaps is becoming a popular new format and offers a more elegant presentation to a softcover book. The flaps can serve as an additional area to include information about the book on them and can serve as a bookmark as well.

Saddle Stitched:
Pages stapled in the middle to bind the pages together. Saddle Stitched books do not have a spine that can be printed on. Saddle Stitching is popular with children’s books, calendars, and other educational material. Saddle Stitching has a maximum binding tolerance of 60 pages depending on the weight (thickness) of the paper used.

Plastic Coil:
Pages and covers are mechanically hole punched along the spine and a flexible plastic coil is then wound through the holes. Plastic coil is commonly used for manuals, workbooks, reports, and educational materials as it allows the book to easily open and lay flat. Plastic coil sizes vary depending on the amount of pages used and the thickness of the paper selected. Plastic coils are available in multiple colors.

Lamination Options

Choose from glossy or matte lamination for your softcover book.

Paper Options

Our papers handle text, graphics, black and white, and color work. We offer matte and glossy options, white and natural papers, and custom papers by request. Our staff will help you to select the right type of paper for your book.

Black/White and Color Printing

We can print your book in black/white, color, or a combination of the two. Color is an option that can enhance the look of your book. A popular choice is to print the pages of the book in black/white and have the cover in color.

Photos and Images

If you have photos you’d like to include in the book, we can insert the photos into your manuscript in either black/white, color, or a mix of black/white and color. Photos can be placed in any section of your book.

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Proof/Sample Copy

As part of our setup and pre-press process we will send you a finished copy of your book as a sample or "proof" to review.
Once we receive your files our pre-press and design team will meticulously review your files. Once they have reviewed and adjusted the files for print we will print, bind, and ship you a finished copy to review (or you can pick up the proof if you live in the Atlanta, GA area). This process has saved many authors time and money by enabling them to carefully go over the book one last time. We keep a copy for ourselves that we use as the standard for your book when it’s time to go to production.

We also offer electronic proofs when time doesn’t permit a physical proof. This way you are still able to review the files before print if we had to make any adjustments during the pre-press process.

Book Sizes

Books can be printed in any standard size (5.5 x 8.5”, 6 x 9”, 8.5 x 11”, or 12 x 12”) or custom sizes. We have a variety of samples to show off to help you decide what size will best work for your manuscript.

For more info on our hardcover book printing options please visit:

Hardcover Book Options

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Lamination Options
Choose from glossy or matte lamination for your softcover book.

Paper Options
Our papers handle text, graphics, black and white, and color work. We offer matte and glossy options, white and natural papers, and custom papers by request. Our staff will help you to select the right type of paper for your book.

Black/White and Color Printing
We can print your book in black/white, color, or a combination of the two. Color is an option that can enhance the look of your book. A popular choice is to print the pages of the book in black/white and have the cover in color.

Photos and Images
If you have photos you’d like to include in the book, we can insert the photos into your manuscript in either black/white, color, or a mix of black/white and color. Photos can be placed in any section of your book.

Proof/Sample Copy
As part of our setup and pre-press process we will send you a finished copy of your book as a sample or "proof" to review.
Once we receive your files our pre-press and design team will meticulously review your files. Once they have reviewed and adjusted the files for print we will print, bind, and ship you a finished copy to review (or you can pick up the proof if you live in the Atlanta, GA area). This process has saved many authors time and money by enabling them to carefully go over the book one last time. We keep a copy for ourselves that we use as the standard for your book when it’s time to go to production.

We also offer electronic proofs when time doesn’t permit a physical proof. This way you are still able to review the files before print if we had to make any adjustments during the pre-press process.

Book Sizes
Books can be printed in any standard size (5.5 x 8.5”, 6 x 9”, 8.5 x 11”, or 12 x 12”) or custom sizes. We have a variety of samples to show off to help you decide what size will best work for your manuscript.

Advanced Reading Copies
James and Brookfield Publishers can produce softcover books to be used as advanced reading copies and marketing books to be given or shipped to book reviewers, media, retailers, or distributors.

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