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Which Book Binding Method is Best for Your Project?

Maybe that employee handbook has expanded, and you need to get it in booklet form. Maybe you’re creating a color catalog of products and services to send to potential clients. Or maybe you are giving a presentation and need to present the materials in an easy-to-use format.

Getting your information together is the first step. Choosing the book binding method is the next. Depending on the method you choose, booklets can be printed as small as 3.5” x 4.75” and as large as 12” x 14” and are available in every size in between. Here are some details on binding methods to help you choose the right one for your project.

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Saddle Stitching

Saddle stitching is when the paper is stapled at the side or top and folded over to create a booklet. Many catalogs, pamphlets and smaller magazines use this binding method. Saddle stitching is best for booklets with lower page counts, so keep this in mind when you’re determining the information you’ll include in your project.

Saddle-stitched booklets have a minimum page count of 8 and increase in increments of 4 pages. Depending on the paper weight you choose for your project, maximum page counts are as follows:

• 16 page maximum when using cover weight stock on interior and exterior pages
• 60 pages maximum when using 100# stock on interior pages
• 80 pages maximum when using 80# stock on interior pages

Saddle stitching may require special design layouts to prevent a phenomenon called “page creep,” so check on specifications before submitting your project.


Spiral or Wire Coil Binding

These bindings are what you see on spiral-bound notebooks and wire-bound manuals. When your books have a higher page count and you want them to open flat, this is the binding of choice. Spiral and wire coil bindings are available in exact quantities (1 to 5,000) and can be printed in a huge variety of papers. Ordering custom sizes and multiple versions is no problem.


You see wire coil and spiral coil bindings on projects like manuals, reports and handbooks used in meetings, and on workbooks during training sessions and seminars. When you need a thick coiled booklet, spiral is the way to go for usability.

Perfect Binding

Any paperback book or large magazine with a flat spine is an example of perfect binding. This method is ideal for books with 30-plus pages – the thickness can be up to 2”. So for large projects with a lot of pages, this is your binding method.


Perfect binding allows you to create any type of paperback book you need. Perfect-bound paperbacks can be the thick catalogs or annual reports your company produces. But don’t stop at business use! You can have your creative projects printed in perfect-bound paperback form, too. Are you self-publishing your novel or nonfiction book or creating a portfolio of your artwork? Perfect binding will make our project look professional and get it noticed.

Looking for something other than booklet printing? Take a look at the full range of Smartpress.com digital printing options.


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