A4 PUR Perfect-bound Magazines
The ‘perfect' blend of quality and affordability. The ideal choice for magazine publishers seeking a top-notch solution without compromising on quality or spending a fortune!
- Standard Size A4 Portrait
- Gloss or Matt Laminated outer cover
- A choice of 150gsm Gloss or Silk inners
- 250gsm Gloss or Silk Cover
- From 36 to 148 pages
- Top quality Litho or HP Indigo printing
- PUR adhesive for superior strength and flexibility
A4 PUR Perfect-bound Magazines - More Info
Our SUPER SAVER Perfect-bound Magazines are ideal for publishers seeking a cost-effective solution. Okay, so there's just a couple of material choices on offer, but often, that's all you need and you'll still get the same enviable Flexpress quality, and service, whilst being confident you also have the best prices in the UK! And if you need more choice you can always click here.
All supplied artwork files undertake our rigorous 10 point file check free of charge to ensure your printed job turns out exactly as you intend. Files are automatically imposed ready for printing in the most effective way to minimise waste.
With only 150gsm Gloss or Silk inners to choose from, you may be tempted to think at these prices we'll be using cheap paper or clearance lines but you'd be wrong! We use the same, top quality, branded 150g or 250g silk or gloss materials we use on our regular PUR bound bookls.
High Definition Printing:
Every job at Flexpress is printed using the finest technology available. You wont receive any products printed on beefed-up photocopiers from us - another reason we back everything with our total satisfaction guarantee. Our booklets are printed either lithographically using a RMGT 924 LED UV Press, with instantly drying inks or using a HP Indigo 100K digital offset press, which is arguably the finest digital technology available.
Lamination adheres a protective Glossy plastic film over the book cover and is included in the price with all SUPER SAVERS Glossy Magazine orders. This helps to prevent the cover from marking, scuffing or tearing and adds durability to the finished product. If you want an unlaminated cover, or need another type of laminate, please view our Perfect Bound Books.
PUR Glue Binding:
There are basically two types of Perfect Binding glue: EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) and PUR (Polyurethane Reactive). Flexpress use PUR glue for it's superior adhesion and press flat properties. The process involves 'roughing' the spine of the book block enabling the glue to penetrate into the fibres of the paper which ensures a strong, bind with anti-pull out qualities up to 70% better than traditional EVA glue. The cover is creased and hinged before being drawn onto the spine. To see the process and understand just how strong the finished bind is see our demonstration video.
For larger quantities that are printed using our LED UV Litho technology, pages are collated on our 6-tower Horizon Stitchliner III.
Perfect Bound Books are trimmed down to the finished size using our precision three-knife book trimmer and carefully packed in super-strong, double-walled corrugated boxes to withstand the rigours of carriage. All of our packaging: boxes, reinforced tape and void fill, is environmentally friendly and completely recyclable for your peace of mind.
All SUPER SAVERS Magazine Orders are treated as Express orders, and so this means 10-100 are usually dispatched next day. 101-250 are usually dispatched in 2 days, 251-500 in 3 days, 501-1000 in 4 days and 1001-2000 are usually dispatched in 5 days. Please allow an extra day if ordered after 12 noon.
All orders are packed in super-strong boxes, custom made especially for us to give your job the best chance of surviving the rigours of overnight carriage. Your job is then dispatched using reputable national carriers on a next working day service. This will usually arrive by 5pm although please be aware once goods have left our premises we have no influence on when they are delivered. If required, you can choose to upgrade to a timed delivery for additional cost at checkout.
UK company with a reliable track record:
Flexpress started life back in 1989 and are UK based keeping British people in jobs. Everything we offer is printed and finished in-house by us as at our modern, centrally based premises in Leicestershire. We're proud of our facilities and welcome visitors at any time.
Your satisfaction guaranteed
We take quality and customer service very seriously. Our right-first-time approach coupled with cutting edge technology and professional team mean we're confident enough to offer a total satisfaction guarantee. If through any fault of ours, there's an issue with your printing, we'll always arrive at a solution to leave you 100% happy.
FAQs - A4 PUR Perfect-bound Magazines
How strong is PUR binding?
PUR adhesive forms a chemical reaction with the pages of your book which, after just 24 hours, is stronger than than the paper itself. In other words if you're trying to pull a page out of a PUR bound book, the paper will tear before the glue gives.
Does it stay strong in very warm climates?
Yes. Unlike EVA hot-melt adhesive, PUR withstands extremes in temperature. Once it has formed its bond with the paper, it won't even melt if you put it in the oven! Likewise, even in the fridge, it won't go brittle and break.
What are the disadvantages of PUR binding?
The disadvantages are predominantly for the printing or binding company: PUR binding requires more daily cleaning and maintenance, is more expensive than EVA and unlike EVA takes 24 hours to fully cure. For the buyer though, there are no disadvantages, only advantages.
Will the spine crack or break?
Only with extreme abuse. You can try to press flat a PUR spine and it will maintain its strength and integrity whereas an EVA glued spine will break. Thicker papers, coated papers or even papers with the grain direction running perpendicular to the spine can cause problems with EVA adhesive whereas PUR takes all of these in its stride.
Why is it best to laminate covers?
In printing terms, magazine covers take a lot of punishment. When they are folded, the fibres of the paper crack causing unsightly white lines in the print and weak spots in the material. Adding a layer of plastic laminate to the cover makes the book much more durable and capable of being handled over and over again. Not to mention, our Gloss Laminate makes the colours on a magazine cover pop!
Supplied Artwork Specifications – PUR Magazines
Magazine covers can either be single sided (printed to the outside only), or Double Sided (Printed to the outside and inside). If printing to the outside only, please ensure the PDF you are supplying for the cover is a 1 Page PDF, containg the back cover, spine and front cover all on one spread.
If printing to both sides, please ensure the supplied PDF contains 2 pages, with page 1 being the back, spine and front, and page 2 being the inside front cover, spine (though this should be left blank as that is where the glue will go during the binding process) and inside back cover. Please see the illustration below as an example.
Need to find out how wide to make your spine? Use our FREE Spine Calculator tool! Please click on the relevant icon in order to download an artwork template for your magazine cover:
All pages must be supplied to Flexpress as a single PDF in running order. Supplying the artwork in any other format will usually result in delays. Please click on the relevant icon in order to download an artwork template for the inner pages for your magazine:
For an excellent job, that's right first time...
Please ensure all artwork is created in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). When creating artwork for print, it's important to use CMYK because it's specifically designed to work with the four color inks used in the printing process (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). If you use RGB (which is best for digital displays), the printed result may not match what you see on the screen. Therefore, designing artwork in CMYK ensures that the final printed product looks just as you intended.
All Magazine artwork must be supplied with 3mm bleed, and a safe zone of at least 10mm. Please avoid placing thin borders, text or important images within this safe zone.
Please ensure any white text is set to knock-out, and not overprint, as this will result in the white text not appearing on the finished job.
For the best results, Flexpress would always recommend using Adobe InDesign to create your magazine artwork. With the best option to download one of our FREE artwork templates (as above) and using that as your base. However, please remember to remove the artwork template when supplying the artwork to us.
All raster images must 300 dpi to ensure your printed image is clear and sharp on your finished job.
When exporting your PDF files, please ensure you select ‘Press Quality' in the output settings to ensure all resolution settings and colour settings are all saved within the final PDF that you will submit to Flexpress. Please also ensure you are also exporting with 3mm bleed and crop marks.