Choosing the “Perfect” Book Binding

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  • June 29, 2016

Picking the perfect binding option often puts designers in a bind. (Sorry, we promise we won’t saddle you with more puns.) Binding does more than just hold your print project together; it can completely change the look and feel of your product. Let’s explore the four most common binding options available and help ensure that your print project is finished the way you envisioned.


Saddle Stitching

Generally speaking, saddle stitching is the most affordable. Post Press Specialties have done thousands of brochures, handouts, calendars, and small catalogs that have utilized saddle stitching.

Method: Stapling printed sheets together at two or three points on the fold. It’s a cost effective, yet effective solution for simple projects without a spine.


Perfect Binding

Perfect binding is one of the most common methods for binding projects with a large page count or high caliper pages. If your project has over 50 pages (25 sheets), perfect binding is the way to go. Post Press specializes in perfect binding that will give your piece a high-end look and feel.

Method: A strong adhesive binds the book block to the spine, and the residual glue holds the pages together. Ideal candidates for perfect binding include large books, instruction manuals, catalogs, and magazines.


Wire-O Binding

Wire binding is a popular commercial book binding method, and is known by a number of different names including twin loop wire, wire-o, double loop wire, double-o, ring wire and wirebind.

Method: Users insert their punched pages onto a “C” shaped spine and then use a wire closer to squeeze the spine until it is round.


Plastic Comb Binding

Need binding that is flexible, durable and adjustable? Plastic comb binding might be the answer. It’s very cost effective and usually can be done quickly.

Method: Pages are first pre-punched to accommodate the plastic comb. The comb is inserted and can hold many pages. Also, you can add and subtract pages if necessary.

Post Press Specialties can help you with your next project. Call us at 816-257-1919 and we can discuss which method is best suited for your project. It’s just another way we help printers “Finish Strong”