Binding Options

Choosing the best option for binding your project can be determined by the way the job is printed. This will vary depending on whether it prints digital or offset. Binding is usually selected based on the function and requirements of the document, the size, the number of pages it will contain, and your printing budget.

Saddle Stich is an economical option for magazines of booklets, up to 96 pages plus a cover. It is a method in which folded sheets are gathered together one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the folded crease from the outside and are clinched between the centermost pages.

Perfect binding is glued at the spine and cannot lay completely open without breaking. It features a cover and pages cut to line up exactly, with a cover that folds into a durable and seamless square spine.

Case binding is how the industry describes hardcover books. This option is best suited for books that are expected to have a longer life. There are different types of case binding available depending on the type of project and your budget.

Spiral Bound allows your book to lay flat for easy note-taking and the durable spiral holds up to the mail system.

Just about all of the bindings mentioned above are available for both digital and offset printing. Although the look may be the same, the process in which the binding is produced is different for each type. This would affect the strength of the binding and you should discuss the details with your sales associate in advance of production.

The selection of binding should be part of the conceptual design of your project. It is important to discuss the options and your budget with your designer at the early stages of the design. This will provide you with the necessary information to make the right decisions for your project.