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Wire-o Bound Books

Wire (wire-o) binding is the perfect choice for training manuals, presentations, theses and reports .

  • Excellent quality HP Indigo printing
  • Available from 20pp to 196pp
  • Wide choice of cover and page options
  • Variable wire size used to suit pages
  • Generally VAT Zero rated
  • Lay completely flat

See 'More Details' for further information.

Pages (incl. covers)
Cover Weight
The most common weight for a paperback book cover is 250gsm. However if you want your book to feel more luxurious you can choose a heavier weight.
Cover Finish
Our books come with a choice of protective finish OR if you prefer, choose the natural, earthy finish of un-coated paper which has no protective finish but feels, well - natural!
Inner Pages Paper
Select from a choice of paper finishes to suit your needs See 'detailed description' for more assistance.
Wire Colour
Final Proof Check
Would you like to see a final PDF proof before we go to print? Please bear in mind this could affect the deadline.
Dispatch Date
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Quantity Minimum order: 1


There's something special about getting your book in print. It gives you the power to inform and influence, educate and entertain which is why they're just as popular now as ever. Wire-o Bound Books are are no exception, and are commonly used when a book needs to lay flat or open 360° with no risk of damaging the book. Perfect for training manuals, recipe books, jotter books, or even dissertations.

Wire-O bound books by definition have a thin wire (available in black or white) that spirals through the punch holes on the binding edge of the pages. This style is best suited to books containing over 20 pages. Here you can calculate prices for wire-o books of between 20 and 196 pages.

What size wire-o book is best suited to my needs?

A4 is one of the larger common European book sizes mainly used in the commercial world for workbooks, and training manuals. However hand-held items, such as recipe books or instruction manuals might be the smaller size of A5.

Before we go to print:

Meet Jack. Jack is our expert when it comes to making sure your files are good to print. Whether or not you request a proof, Jack, or one of his colleagues runs 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, to ensure your printed job turns out exactly as you intend. 

Selecting the right material and finish for your book:

For your cover: a 250gsm card weight with a deliciously silky smooth, matt-laminated finish is the most popular choice for most wire-o bound books but we also offer a very shiny, glossy finish, an amazingly tactile velvety finish and the natural non-coated, non-laminated finish you'd associate with the texture of a nice letterhead. Upgrade to a slightly thicker 300gsm or even 350gsm for the ultimate luxury.

Oh another thing about lamination: this is a very thin protective plastic film applied over the surface of the cover to enhance the look and feel of the book, protect the print and increase the lifespan.

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 semi glossy.

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. 

Wire-o Binding:

Wire-o Binding is a popular method of joining the pages and a cover together to create a bound document. The pages and the cover are punched with suitable size holes on the binding edge of the sheets, and then bound with a pre-formed wire loop that run along in a 'C' shape. See our video for a better understanding of how you're project will be finished.

Precision Finishing:

Wire-o Bound books are cut to size using a programmable guillotine, collated, and carefully bound by experts. These are then packed in extra thick, double-walled corrugated boxes sealed with reinforced tape to withstand the rigours of carriage.

Dispatch time:

The dispatch time for wire-o bound books is dependent on the number of pages and quantity. As a general guide jobs with a total combined quantity of up to 10,000 pages the times are as follows:

  • Express - Next working day*
  • Standard - Two working days*
  • Saver - Three working days*

*If ordered before 12 noon. Allow one extra day if ordered after 12 noon.

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.

Wire-o Bound Books - Artwork Information

Just beginning your book project? Please choose a template below to get started. Can't find the size or style you're looking for? Contact us about custom designs and quotes.

Size Portrait Landscape
210mm x 297mm
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148mm x 210mm
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