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Booklet Printing FAQ

Have a question about custom book printing? Check out these frequently asked questions and learn about booklet bindings, the difference between page and sheets, how to submit your PDF and more. Expand the sections below for each of our booklet types.

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How do I arrange pages for online printing?

Please provide two files for your Perfect Bound Book: a cover file and an interior page file. The cover file should be twice the size of the final page dimensions, plus the spine size and bleed (i.e. a 6”W page with a .1” spine would have a 12.35”W cover file, including bleed). Learn more: Bleeds & Borders

It’s important to provide the interior page file in the order the pages will be read. In this file, page one is the first right-hand body page, page two is the back of page one, page three is the front of the second body page, etc.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include the cover when calculating them?

A page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc. For Perfect Bound Booklets, please enter the sheet count (to calculate the number of sheets, divide the number of pages by two). Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

Should I submit my PDF in spreads or individual pages?

PDFs for Perfect Bound Booklets must include a cover file as a spread (to include spine width and/or any design or print over the spine) and an interior file that has single pages in the order they’ll be read. Learn more: Reader’s Spread vs. Printer’s Spread

What is the minimum and maximum number of pages my booklet can have?

Perfect Bound Books must have a minimum of three pages and can be up to 2” thick. The maximum number of pages depends on which paper stock you choose (the thicker the stock, the fewer the pages). Learn more: Booklet Printing

How do I choose the right booklet binding?

Consider page count and usage when choosing a book binding. Smaller page counts are well-suited for Saddle Stitch Booklets, larger page counts work well with Perfect Bound Books and our coil bound books can handle either.

For a clean, professional look, Perfect Bound Booklets are ideal, while Saddle Stitch Booklets allow for uninterrupted imagery across two pages. Our coil bound books open flat for a convenient turn of the pages. Learn more: How to Choose the Right Book Binding

What kind of paper should magazines be printing on?

Online printers generally produce magazines (both covers and interior pages) on the same paper stock with the same paper weight. We recommend 80# text or 100# text coated gloss stock. Learn more: Small Format Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Is pricing affected if only one page of my booklet is in full-color?

If the interior pages of your booklet have a mix of black-only ink and full-color ink, the full-color ink price will be charged. Our printing process reads all interior pages as a whole, and therefore cannot distinguish between one page being full-color and the rest black-only. Learn more: Pricing, Black vs. Full-Color Ink

What kind of glue is used for the perfect bound spine?

As part of our premium online printing services, PUR glue is used to secure Perfect Bound Booklets. Providing a stronger bond on digital print than other glues, PUR requires a longer curing time (at least 24 hours), which is why Perfect Bound Books have a longer turnaround time.

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Saddle Stitch Booklets[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

How do I arrange pages for online printing?

Please provide two files for your Saddle Stitch Book: a cover file and an interior page file. The cover file should be twice the size of the final page dimensions, plus the spine size and bleed (i.e. a 6”W page with a .1” spine would have a 12.35”W cover file, including bleed). Learn more: Bleeds & Borders

It’s important to provide the interior page file in the order the pages will be read. In this file, page one is the first right-hand body page, page two is the back of page one, page three is the front of the second body page, etc.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include the cover when calculating them?

A page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc. To calculate the number of sheets, divide the number of pages by two. Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

Should I submit my PDF in spreads or individual pages?

PDFs should always be submitted in single pages in the order they’ll be read. Learn more: Reader’s Spread vs. Printer’s Spread

What is the minimum and maximum number of pages my Saddle Stitch booklet can have?

Saddle Stitch Booklets must have a minimum of eight pages and can have a maximum of 80 pages. For custom books measuring 9” x 12” or larger, the maximum number of pages is 36. Learn more: Booklet Printing

How do I choose the right booklet binding?

Consider page count and usage when choosing a book binding. Smaller page counts are well-suited for Saddle Stitch Booklets, larger page counts work well with Perfect Bound Books and our coil bound books can handle either.

For a clean, professional look, Perfect Bound Booklets are ideal, while Saddle Stitch Booklets allow for uninterrupted imagery across two pages. Our coil bound books open flat for a convenient turn of the pages. Learn more: How to Choose the Right Book Binding

What kind of paper should magazines be printing on?

Online printers generally produce magazines (both covers and interior pages) on the same paper stock with the same paper weight. We recommend 80# text or 100# text coated gloss stock. Learn more: Small Format Stocks, Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Is pricing affected if only one page of my booklet is in full-color?

If the interior pages of your booklet have a mix of black-only ink and full-color ink, the full-color ink price will be charged. Our printing process reads all interior pages as a whole, and therefore cannot distinguish between one page being full-color and the rest black-only. Learn more: Pricing, Black vs. Full-Color Ink

Can I print crossovers with booklets that are saddle stitched?

Yes. Since the images are digitally-imposed together, you do not need to include bleed where the pages touch in your print-ready file. Learn more: Crossover

Can you remove the blanks from my saddle stitch booklet?

No, we are unable to remove blanks because of the binding process (Saddle Stitch Books must have a page count divisible by four). However, we can place blanks wherever you’d like within your booklet.

Why is it called saddle stitch if the binding has staples?

Saddle stitching refers to the equipment used to create the binding. The sheets are folded and placed in order over a rounded triangle form, or “saddle,” and then stitched together with staples.

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How do I arrange pages for online printing?

Please provide two files for your Spiral Coil Book: a cover file and an interior page file. The cover file should be twice the size of the final page dimensions, plus the spine size and bleed (i.e., a 6”W page with a .1” spine would have a 12.35”W cover file, including bleed). Learn more: Bleeds & Borders

It’s important to provide the interior page file in the order the pages will be read. In this file, page one is the first right-hand body page, page two is the back of page one, page three is the front of the second body page, etc.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include the cover when calculating them?

A page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc. To calculate the number of sheets, divide the number of pages by two. Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

Should I submit my PDF in spreads or individual pages?

PDFs should always be submitted in single pages in the order they’ll be read. Learn more: Reader’s Spread vs. Printer’s Spread

What is the minimum and maximum number of pages my booklet can have?

Spiral Coil Books must have a minimum of three pages and can be up to 1-1/2” thick. The maximum number of pages depends on which paper stock you choose (the thicker the stock, the fewer the pages). Learn more: Booklet Printing

How do I choose the right booklet binding?

Consider page count and usage when choosing a book binding with an online printer. Smaller page counts are well-suited for Saddle Stitch Booklets, larger page counts work well with Perfect Bound Books and our coil bound books can handle either.

For a clean, professional look, Perfect Bound Booklets are ideal, while Saddle Stitch Booklets allow for uninterrupted imagery across two pages. Our coil bound books open flat for a convenient turn of the pages. Learn more: How to Choose the Right Book Binding

Is pricing affected if only one page of my booklet is in full-color?

If the interior pages of your booklet have a mix of black-only ink and full-color ink, the full-color ink price will be charged. Our printing process reads all interior pages as a whole, and therefore cannot distinguish between one page being full-color and the rest black-only. Learn more: Pricing, Black vs. Full-Color Ink

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How do I arrange pages for online printing?

Please provide two files: a cover file and an interior page file. The cover file should be twice the size of the final page dimensions, plus the spine size and bleed (i.e., a 6”W page with a .1” spine would have a 12.35”W cover file, including bleed). Learn more: Bleeds & Borders

It’s important to provide the interior page file in the order the pages will be read. In this file, page one is the first right-hand body page, page two is the back of page one, page three is the front of the second body page, etc.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include the cover when calculating them?

A page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc. To calculate the number of sheets, divide the number of pages by two. Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

Should I submit my PDF in spreads or individual pages?

PDFs should always be submitted in single pages in the order they’ll be read. Learn more: Reader’s Spread vs. Printer’s Spread

What is the minimum and maximum number of pages my booklet can have?

Wire Coil Books must have a minimum of three pages and can be up to 5/8” thick. The maximum number of pages depends on which paper stock you choose (the thicker the stock, the fewer the pages). Learn more: Booklet Printing

How do I choose the right booklet binding?

Consider page count and usage when choosing a book binding with an online printer. Smaller page counts are well-suited for Saddle Stitch Booklets, larger page counts work well with Perfect Bound Books and our coil bound books can handle either.

For a clean, professional look, Perfect Bound Booklets are ideal, while Saddle Stitch Booklets allow for uninterrupted imagery across two pages. Our coil bound books open flat for a convenient turn of the pages. Learn more: How to Choose the Right Book Binding

Is pricing affected if only one page of my booklet is in full-color?

If the interior pages of your booklet have a mix of black-only ink and full-color ink, the full-color ink price will be charged. Our printing process reads all interior pages as a whole, and therefore cannot distinguish between one page being full-color and the rest black-only. Learn more: Pricing, Black vs. Full-Color Ink

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