Perfect binding (also called perfector binding) is a type of bookbinding where pages and covers adhere together at their spines using flexible glues or adhesives, often for mass-produced paperbacks that will only be read once or twice. Perfect binding is popularly used with books intended to be read only once or twice.
Perfector printing presses can print simultaneously on both sides of a sheet of paper, unlike ordinary presses, which can only print one side at once. Though more costly than their regular counterparts, perfecting presses are often helpful when used for certain book publishing and production work forms.
When books are printed using traditional presses, each page is individually printed before being cut apart and collated into their correct order. This process can be time-consuming, and errors are more likely to arise; should any pages get misprinted out of sequence, quickly identifying and fixing them may be impossible.
Perfecting presses aren’t limited to book printing; they can also be used for other forms of two-sided printing, including business cards, postcards, and labels.
Perfect binding offers both speed and cost advantages; its main drawback lies in that pages may not remain securely attached to the spine as they would be with case binding; as a result, perfect-bound books tend to disintegrate over time due to this insecure connection between pages and the spine.
Perfector is an integral component of book and printing production, enabling books to be printed with high quality and accuracy while offering numerous customization options – an indispensable resource for publishers, authors, and printers alike.