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Binding Styles

Saddle Stitch Binding

Saddle Stitched

This is one of the most common binding methods and usually involves folded inner pages being inserted into a folded cover. Staples are then applied through the fold. This method, although very widely used is only suitable up to a limited number of pages depending on weight (please ask for advice). Adding folded sheets inside each other in this way causes creep - this is when the pages progressively creep away from the spine each time a sheet is inserted.
(See our page about creep for more info)

Case Binding

Case Binding

Used for books with a higher number of pages. Pages are collated in sections (usually 8 or 16). These sections are then sewn together and glued to the cover, along the spine, forming a very strong and durable bind. This method is often applied to reference books which need to withstand heavy use.

Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding

Most commonly used for paperback books, this method is normally a cheaper option than Case Bound. Similarly all pages are collated, stacked and glued down the spine. The spine can become damaged and split with heavy use.

Side-Stitched Binding

Side Stitched

All pages are of equal size and are collated and stacked. Staples are applied through the entire stack down one edge which will become the spine. Although this creates a strong binding it prevents pages from being fully open or flat. This is a popular method for calendars and note pads where a perforation is often added to allow tear-off.

Post Binding

Post Binding

This method utilises screws which allows for dismantling and adding or removing of pages. Popular for presentations or albums.

Spiral Wire Binding

Spiral Wire Binding

After being punched with small holes down the spine, a coiled spiral binding is screwed through the holes. This type of binding allows the pages to fully fold over and lie flat. The binding is available in wire or plastic and in various lengths, colours and diameters.

Plastic Comb Binding

Plastic Comb Binding

Like spiral binding this allows the pages to lay flat and open fully. The comb is plastic and allows pages to be easily added or removed. Although they can be relatively cheap to purchase, they are usually inserted by hand and can become expensive depending on quantities.

Wire-O Binding

Wire-O Binding

Individual loops are inserted through the punched or drilled holes. This allows pages to fold fully flat or flip over.

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