The ideal document binding method depends largely on the function of the document, the number of pages it contains and the printing budget.
Perfect bound book printing is a widely used method for magazines, books and reports. With this method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible adhesive to provide a smooth and stylish finish. If your document is too thick to be saddle-stitched or stapled, then perfect bound book printing is your perfect option. Furthermore, the perfect binding method can accommodate up to 700 pages and you can print on the spine.
Saddle-Stitched Documents (or Stapled Documents)
Probably the most common binding method. Saddle stitching is the process of binding pages together using staples known as stitches along the spine – a stitch of thread or wire staple is passed through the fold of the document. This is a straightforward method for printing documents of up to 48 pages. All saddle-stitched documents must be created in multiples of 4 pages, counting each page as you would in a normal page numbered book. Thus, a single page folded in half becomes a 4 page book and so on.
Wiro bound document printing is a highly popular option. The process involves gathering pages together and treading a formed metal wire through punched holes in the spine. The metal wire spine allows books to lay flat when open. It’s suitable for between 4 and 180 pages – that’s up to 360 printed sides. Choose wiro binding on the top or left hand side, and landscape or portrait orientation. This is a durable option for a wide variety of project types such as presentations, notebooks, recipe books, manuals and other reference documents.
Here is a helpful infographic based on document function and number of pages, to help you decide what document binding method is most appropriate for your printed document.
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