How do you feel when you hold a well-bound book in your hands? How about if that book contains your very own work? There’s nothing quite like that feeling. In the business world, a presentation that is professionally bound puts your best face forward. For a self-published author, seeing your work in print can be the culmination of years of work. For a school or community theater company, a bound program can elevate the ticket buyers’ experience and be a money maker. In the classroom, a bound booklet can be a teaching tool and a student keepsake.
Your first step in getting the perfect booklet is to consult with a great printing company. Working with a high-quality printer gives today’s do-it-yourselfers access to the latest in printing technology. Best of all, they also have access to high-quality binding. The perfect binding will be sturdy, neat, and secure.
There are many different binding options you can choose from:
- Coil bound: When thinking about coil bound booklets, picture a spiral notebook. These booklets are economical and can be the perfect solution when you want to convert a plain set of pages to something that looks like a finished product. For coil bound booklets you can use standard 8.5 x 11 paper and print on both sides.
- Saddle Stitch: Saddle stitch booklets use large sheets of paper that are folded in half and then stapled down the middle. This is the style of most magazines. When selecting saddle stitch remember that you will need to produce copy in multiples of 4 (2 pages on the front, 2 on the back). You may also have limitations on the number of pages.
- Perfect Bound: With Perfect Bound booklets the pages and cover are glued together using a very strong hot thermal glue. The edges are then trimmed to give a uniform look. This style of binding is commonly seen with catalogs and paperback books. This is the best style for booklets that have a higher page count.
- Square Bound: Square binding is a cross between saddle stitching and perfect bound. The square spine provides for better stacking while the staple increases sturdiness. Square binding is generally more economical than perfect bind. Like saddle stitching, square bound booklets use larger sheets that are folded in half so page count must be divisible by 4.
It’s easy to see that no matter what you need there is a binding solution available. There are, however, layout and page number constraints, so it’s best to talk with your printer before you decide. When you’re ready to get your project bound, contact us and we can help you determine the best binding for your needs.