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Bookbinding Sydney

Bookbinding in Sydney

We love printing books! Bookbinding helps create a finished product that is long-lasting, easy to use and beautiful. The type of bookbinding you require, depends on how you intend to use the book, but also on the number of pages you have, and the budget and time you can afford. Whether you need help binding a business document, a thesis, a family history book, a wedding album, or old journals and magazines, we do it all! Our binding service caters for your budget and requirements with a range of book binding options. 

Bookbinding options 

The most common question we get for our bookbinding is what kind of bookbinding should I use? It really comes down to 3 things: the minimum time you have for your books to be printed, the number of pages, and the budget. 

1. Wire bound

Also called 'twin loop binding', wire binding uses a metal loop to bind the spine of the "book". Wire binding is a popular and affordable choice for binding low volumes of books, including educational resources or company-wide documents. Our wire binding is neat and accurate and will not unravel easily or punch through the text. If you need your book to lie flat or to be opened regularly for reference, we would recommend wire binding.

  • For booklets with any quantity of pages in multiples of 2. 
  • Highest cost per book.

2. Saddle stitched 

This is the best option for your binding needs if you are working with booklets, newsletters, pamphlets, comic books, magazines or catalogues. Involving neither saddles nor stitching it can be a bit confusing but this is the industry jargon for a collection of pages folded in half and secured with 2 staples.

There are 2 types of saddle stitched books that we produce. The first is called ‘self cover’ which basically means that the paper stock used is the same thickness (or GSM) throughout and does not have a heavier cover. The second choice is to have a thicker cover on the booklet. We recommend a 150gsm inner and a 300 gsm cover for best results. 

  • For booklets between 8 – 40 pages. The page count is done per panel so if you take a sheet of paper and fold it in half you have 4 pages. This means that the minimum number of pages for a saddle stitched book is 8 or 8pp as we like to say!
  • Lowest cost per book.

3. Perfect bound

Perfect binding is used on soft cover books (paperback) and normally the cover is made from heavier (thicker) paper than the internal pages. When binding large books the printing is done in sections, glued together at the spine creating a square spine. If you would like your booklet to have a spine then perfect binding is for you. Usually a perfect bound book has a 100gsm to 150gsm internal and a thicker 250gsm to 300gsm cover. We can also celloglaze the cover in a matte or gloss finish to give the perfect bound booklet durability and a more professional finish.

  • For booklets over 40 pages. This is with a glued spine rather than staples and will lay flatter than a very thick saddle stitched booklet. Page number needs to be a multiple of 2. 
  • Higher cost per book than saddle stitched booklets.

Specialty printing embellishments for bookbinding 

Various finishes can be applied to thick covers as well as both digital and offset booklets and documents. These include:

  • Matt/gloss Celloglazing: a thin laminate coating that not only makes your printing look and feel great it increases longevity.
  • Scoring/Folding: makes folding easier on heavy card and reduces the chance of the ink cracking on the folded area.
  • Die cutting: adds an extra dimension to your print by cutting it to shape. Just about any shape is possible. 
  • Perforations: make it easier for your customers to redeem your promotions by tearing out pages.
  • Foiling: is available in multiple colours but most common in metallic gold and silver for that high end look.
  • Embossing: add a third dimension to your book.
  • Rounded corners. 

Prices and turnaround times for book cover finishing option available on application.

Hardcover books

Hard Cover books are our premium binding option for any booklet. Also referred to as Case binding. Of all our booklet options, this style does come with the longest production time and a higher cost, compared to perfect bound, staple bound or wire bound. Faster book options are available, this style is perfect for the no-rush project which needs the highest quality result.

There are multiple options for internal paper stock, and style of cover available for hard cover booklets. There is no minimum order quantity, however it is recommended to order at least 5 for cost effectiveness.

We are happy to help guide through the process of creating a book like this.

Please email our in-house Booklet Account Manager Sean at to discuss your project and how we can help you!

Hard cover books require precise measurements and careful consulting to select the perfect book. Hardcover books have cover papers or Buckram that is wrapped (glued) around grey board (approx. 2mm thick) to create your hardcover book. Hard cover books are printed the same way as perfect bound books (in sections with a square spine) however the book is covered with a hard cover. We create hardcover books that are as attractive as they are durable. We use only the highest quality adhesive and binding materials to make sure that once a book is bound it remains that and does not fall apart at the first hint of moisture, heat or pressure. 

Crocodile board covers

Crocodile Board is printed with a "crocodile skin look" is often used for bookbinding. Crocodile Board is a heavy weight pasted board; Excellent Stiffness, rigidity and outstanding durability crocodile board available in four colours - blue, green, grey, red; One sided crocodile print with a white reverse.

Buckram covers / bookcloth 

Buckram Covers are a hard cover make from Buckram; this is a stiff cloth is made from cotton and still occasionally linen.  The glazed finish allows for it to be washable as well as mildew resistant. It is also well suited for gold stamping. Buckram is known as the strongest and most durable of the traditional book cloths.

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Do you need your Book Binding quicker?

We can print and dispatch short run digital printing in a few short hours for larger digital jobs we can often print and dispatch a part order same day (next day for booklets). For large offset jobs we have great relationships with suppliers who have offset printing presses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide and can often print express offset Flyers, Posters and Brochures in 1 to 2 working days! Call us on 02 8203 1800 if your print job is super urgent and we'll work some Fast Print Services magic for you.

Do you need a cheaper price?

Were not "a cheap printer" but we do pride ourselves on providing the best value on Book Binding printing in Sydney. Whether you are after full colour digital Book Binding with fast 24hr express turnaround, more economical large-run offset printing, or even full service Book Binding printing and flyer distribution packages we can get your Book Bindings designed, printed and delivered, on time, on brand and on budget.

Our price guarantee.

If we can't save you 10% on your same day or 24hr digital printing quote we'll give you a credit towards your next digital print job with Fast Print Services. If you have been provided with a cheaper price simply forward it to We always find a way provide our clients with a more competitive solution!

Why use our Book & Document Binding Services?

  • Fast Printing & Bookbinding. Same day; next day, any day delivery.
  • Guaranteed Best price on same day digital Book Print & Binding in Sydney Australia.
  • Cheap printing prices, save money printing digital Book Binding on 2-3 day or 3-5 day turnarounds.
  • Quick Printing of Offset Book Bindings, delivered in 3 to 5 days (next day turnaround is also available**)
  • Full service Design and Print Studio with onsite designers who know how to design for print.
  • Extensive range of stocks and finishing options, including onsite celloglazing, scoring and perfing.
  • High Quality Digital Printing done onsite at our conveniently located factory in Alexandria, Sydney NSW.
  • Quality Guaranteed,  dissatisfied with the quality of your printing? Return the job in full, and we reprint it Free!

Australia wide delivery

Fast Print Services is located in Alexandria NSW, Sydney, Australia. We ship printed products and arrange the installation of signs and flyer distribution for national franchises and events in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Gosford – In fact anywhere in Australia! So when you think printing, think Fast Print Services.

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