What binding should I choose for my book?

Are you interested in finding the most effective binding option for your print materials? There are a lot of factors that should be considered when choosing the best binding technique for your project. Some of the most popular techniques are saddle stitch, coil binding and perfect binding. These techniques are durable and stylish, and can be used for books of varying shapes and sizes, including multi-page booklets, catalogues, magazines, and more! But what is the difference between them?

Saddle Stitch

Saddle stitch binding can be very useful if you would like to bind small books that have fewer pages. This method is still useful for putting together pamphlets and magazines that have less than one hundred pages. The page count of the small books have to be in multiples of four. This binding technique requires full sheets of paper to be stapled together in the center. Next, the book is folded in half by following the line of the staple. Since glue is not required, this binding method is relatively more cost-effective. Additionally, saddle stitch books can be produced quickly and efficiently, and is a very eco-friendly process.

Coil Binding

Coil binding is a great option for short run books with low to no minimums. Pages are punched and a plastic coil is wound through, giving a professional look. Coil binding is one of the few styles that allows the book to fold over 360 degrees while remaining flat. Page count and size is also very flexible. Upgrade to a metal wire coil for an enhanced look.

Perfect Bound

Perfect bound is the most commonly used technique when it comes to binding softcover books. It uses glue to hold together the pages of magazines, books, journals, and catalogs of different sizes. If that sounds like something that would be perfect for your creative project, you should definitely give it a try! The spine of softcover books is part of the front cover, which means that the front cover is bent in a way to create the spine, and the pages are then glued in. There is no seam between the front cover and the spine, which makes a more smooth and aesthetic front edge. Not only does this method offer strength and durability, but is also
completely customizable.

Now that you know the differences between saddle stitch and perfect bound binding, and have an idea of which one would be more suitable for your project, visit us at Minuteman Press Burnaby! Our print shop’s other great services in Burnaby include printing stickers, business cards, custom outdoor signs, banners, social distancing stickers, yard signs, sandwich boards, and more! For more information, visit our website or call us at 604-451-9185 for a quote!