Lay flat books are a great method of binding when spreads need to work
Lay Flat Books
Whilst we specialise in short run print production, it is not always possible to produce small quantities of lay flat books particularly economically – so sometimes when this is the preferred option for binding it’s best to just accept that it commands a premium, can work incredibly well if the right design touch is applied and it’s not always appropriate. If your book doesn’t exploit content that works across the spread of the pages of a book, then there are more cost effective ways to bind it which you should consider.
Here are two examples of A4 Portrait Lay Flat books – one was for several hundred books printed colour throughout with Soft Touch Laminate and White Foil to the outer covers and the second was only two books for a degree show held on Brick Lane which used 540gsm board for the pages, had cut vinyl applied to the cover and was printed colour throughout.
The real benefit that comes from this method of binding is stylistic – you don’t have folded pages butting up which you get when books are saddle stitched, or tight gutters into the spine when glued using perfect binding (or PUR) and the result appears to be one continuous page with just a fold in the middle. So when you are using large photos or maps across a spread ‘lay flat binding’ comes into its own. It is a more expensive method of binding your books but it gives you the opportunity to show off your content to great effect.