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Case Bound Books

Also known as hard-back books or hard-cover books, adding a beautifully printed sturdy hard cover gives your book another level of quality and adds immeasurably to the perceived value.

  • 2000 micron (2mm) heavyweight board
  • Professional paper-over-board finish
  • Laminated or uncoated finish
  • Optional luxury enhancements
  • PUR Bound Book Blocks for strength
  • Choose from A4, A5 or Square
  • Quantities from 1 to 250 available online
  • Fast dispatch available

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Page Size
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No. of Pages (inc. cover)
Cover Finish
Your hard cover can be finished with a range of protective laminates, or left as a natural uncoated finish.
Inner Pages Material
Cover Enhancement
Add one of our special effect finishes to your soft-touch laminated cover to make your book really look impressive.
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Dispatch Time
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File Copies Quantity
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There's something special about getting a book in print. It gives the author the power to inform and influence, educate and entertain which is why they're just as popular now as ever. Our case bound books, otherwise known as 'hard back books', or 'hard-cover books', have a paper-over-board rigid cover that gives a book a definitive feeling of substance and quality.

Before we go to print:

Our pre-press department are expert when it comes to making sure your files are good to print. Whether or not you request a proof, they will run your artwork files through a rigorous 10 point check, testing for all the common problems we encounter and ensuring they're fixed before they're printed, ensuring your printed job turns out exactly as you intend. 

Book Cover and Cover Finishes

Please note: the sizes stated are for the inner pages of the finished book. As is standard for case-bound books, the actual cover size is few millimetres bigger all around.

The book cover (otherwise known as the 'case') is made from 2000 micron greyboard enclosed within a printed paper cover. We recommend one of our laminated finishes to add additional protection to the book; though do have an non-coated, non-laminated option if required.

For the inside pages, natural uncoated paper with no reflection or glare is ideal where mainly black and white text and illustrations are dominant such as novels, poetry books, autobiographies and colouring books. Natural uncoated paper can also be easily written on making it perfect for text books. Otherwise if you want vivid colour photographs and fine detail to look their best, such as in photo-books, catalogues or brochures, we'd recommend one the coated grades of paper such as silk or gloss.

Enhanced Finishes:

By choosing our most luxurious soft-touch velvety finish you can also add 'impossible-to-resist-touching' special effects to your cover such as raised spot gloss highlighting and raised metallic foils. These seductive enhancements really help to make your book cover stand out.

End Papers

Books come as standard with plain, unprinted, white end-papers (the inside cover and first sheet). Printed, or coloured end papers are available only be requesting a custom quote.

High Definition Printing:

Every job at Flexpress is printed using the finest technology digital and lithographic technology available. You wont receive any products printed on beefed-up photocopiers from us - another reason we back everything with our total satisfaction guarantee. 

PUR Glue Perfect Binding:

The inner pages of the book are glued into a book block using PUR (Polyurethane Reactive) glue for it's superior adhesion and lay 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 case (or hard cover) is then glued to the end papers to give a finished book.


Use the countdown timer to ascertain when your job will be dispatched. You can choose to have the job dispatched faster by selecting the 'Express' option, and paying a little more, or alternatively, if you're not in a rush, save a few pounds by selecting the 'Saver' option

All orders are dispatched using reputable national carriers on a standard next working day service. This will require a signature and will usually arrive by 5pm although please be aware that once goods have left our premises we have no direct influence on exactly when they are delivered. 

UK company with a reliable track record:

Undercover Print is  fully UK based keeping British people in jobs. We print and finish your entire job ourselves at our Leicestershire based book factory. 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.