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How to Choose the Right Book Binding

Custom booklets are one of the best marketing tools you can use to blend important information with eye-catching images and impressive design elements for your audience. Booklets have a unique function for engaging your reader both visually and at an instructional level.

There are many different styles of booklet bindings and choosing the right one for your online printing project can be daunting. The one you choose should reflect how you want your booklet to be used and take into consideration the type of information and imagery you want to include.

 

Perfect Bound

Often referred to as paperback booklets, Perfect Bound Booklets have a clean, finished profile with a seamless square spine that’s great for professional pieces. Durable, a perfect binding features cut pages that are glued and bound in a wrap cover.

Features

  • Ideal for publications with 30 pages or more, up to 2″ thick
  • Square spine can be printed on and included as part of the design

Applications

  • Excellent choice for combining informational copy and stunning photography and design
  • Great for catalogs, lookbooks, magazines, photography portfolios, graphic novels, workbooks, directories and more

 

 

Saddle Stitch

Most commonly recognized as the binding for magazines and handouts, Saddle Stitch Booklets feature pages that are laid together and stapled through the fold line. In booklet printing, saddle stitch gets its name from the way the pages lay over the metal staples like a saddle.

Features

  • Perfect for booklets with small-to-medium page counts
  • Square backing option available to mimic the spine of perfect bound books without the cost

Applications

  • Frequently used for informational pieces like policy manuals, training manuals and annual reports
  • Great for magazines, product catalogs, holiday and season catalogs, event programs and lookbooks

 

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Coil Bound

Coil bound books feature a sturdy coil threaded through drill holes in the pages. Smartpress’ premium online printing services offer Spiral Coil Booklets with a continuous plastic coil and Wire Coil Booklets with individual metal coils.

Spiral bound books and wire-o books are unique in that they open flat and allow the pages to fully rotate for convenient usage and handling.

Spiral Coil Features

  • Feature a sturdy plastic coil that runs through holes drilled in the cover and pages
  • Durable binding that maintains its shape
  • Coil size can vary, making it ideal for any page count
  • Maximum thickness: 1-1/2″

Wire Coil Features

  • Pages are bound with a durable metal coil
  • Durable binding that maintains its shape
  • Maximum thickness: 5/8″

Applications

  • Commonly used for manuals, cookbooks, planners, menus and more

Tips & Tricks

These guidelines can help you determine which binding is ideal for your project, but remember: creative is key. You can design a cookbook with a perfect binding instead of a coil one or showcase your portfolio with a saddle stitch binding instead of a perfect one. It’s up to you!

Smartpress is the online printer for creative professionals, and our team of experts is ready to help you design and print the project you have in mind.

Learn more: Perfect Bound: Print Booklets with a Sophisticated BindingSquare Backed Saddle Stitch Booklet vs. Perfect Bound BookChoosing the Right Paper Stock for Your Booklet

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