Bookbinders and print finishers to the trade and public. All styles from paperback books to hardback books.

J.Muir & Company Bookbinders | Perfect Binding | Dove Tail Binding | Thread Sewing | Short Run Case Binding

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Tel: 020 8692 75656 Email:
Address: 64-68 Blackheath Road, London, SE10 8DA


A hardcover or hardbound book has rigid covers and is stitched in the spine. Looking from the top of the spine, the book can be seen to consist of a number of signatures bound together. When the book is opened in the middle of a signature, the binding threads are visible. The signatures in modern hardcover books are typically octavo (a single sheet folded three times), though they may also be folio, quarto, or 16mo. See the discussion below and book size. Unusually large and heavy books are sometimes bound with wire or cable.
The covers of modern hardback books are of thick cardboard. Until the mid 20th century those of mass-produced books were covered in cloth, but from that period onwards most publishers adopted clothette, a kind of textured paper which vaguely resembles cloth but is easily differentiated on close inspection.

A paperback or soft cover book
consists of a number of signatures or individual leaves between covers of much heavier paper, glued together at the spine with a strong flexible glue; this is sometimes called perfect binding. Mass market paperbacks and pulp paperbacks are small (16mo size), cheaply made and often fall apart after much handling or several years. Trade paperbacks are more sturdily made, usually larger, and more expensive.

A sewn book is constructed in the same way as a hardbound book, except that it lacks the hard covers. The binding is as durable as that of a hardbound book.

The rise of desktop publishing has brought a fifth form into the commercial market, as well.
A comb-bound book is made of individual sheets, each with a line of slits punched near the bound edge. A curled plastic "comb" is fed through the slits to hold the sheets together. Comb binding allows a book to be disassembled and reassembled by hand without damage.

Magazines are considered more ephemeral than books, and less durable means of binding them are usual. In general, the cover papers of magazines will be the same as the inner pages (self-cover [1]) or only slightly heavier (soft cover).

Perfect binding similar to paperback books is often used; National Geographic is perhaps the best known of this type.
Spiral binding is commonly used for atlases and other publications where it is necessary or desirable to be able to open the publication back on itself without breaking the spine. There are several types but basically it is made by punching holes along the entire length of the spine of the page and winding a wire 'spiral' (like a spring) through the holes to provide a fully flexible hinge at the spine.

Stapling through the center fold, also called saddle-stitching, joins a set of nested folios into a single magazine issue; Playboy (before 1985) is a well-known example of this type, as are most American comic books.



Front & Spine Lettering

Soft Bound

Spine lettering only

Copies Standard 24hrs 24hr service £20 Copies Standard 24hrs
1. £40 £50 3 day service
£15 1st copy, £10 rest
1. £30 £40
2. £60 £90   2. £48 £70
3. £70 £120 * extra for Video Boxes £10/copy
* CD Pockets £2.50/ copy
3. £60 £90
4. £85   4. £75  
5. £100   5. £90  
Phone our friendly staff for more details
Tel: 020 8692 75656 Email:
Address: 64-68 Blackheath Road, London, SE10 8DA

Darwin Press - digital printingDIGITAL PRINTING | short run book printing

Darwin Press supply digital and offset printing services from their Greenwich premises.

Specializes in short run full colour digital printing, and offset printing services based in London.


One of the key advantages with Digital printing is that you don't need to create films, plates and there is no make ready. Printing is essentially on-demand. This makes it cost effective and ideal for short production runs, as well as delivering excellent turnaround times

By “printing on demand”, it allows you to order exactly what you need and when you need it. This prevents overstocking of obsolete materials and general waste which is often the case with litho printing.

Sample Book Printing Costs

A4 on 160gsm - 75p single-sided
A4 on 160gsm £1.50 double sided

Contact DARWIN PRESS for your next print job. Telephone 020 8691 1357

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