Binding Methods FAQ

A variety of binding methods can be used to combine and fasten individual sheets into a booklet.  In choosing which binding method to use, the paper size and the number of pages need to be taken into consideration. The images below illustrate some of the most commonly used binding methods.

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Binding Illustrations

saddle stitch binding
Saddle Stitch Binding
This inexpensive method binds pages using two or more staples placed along a folded edge. Suitable for 60 pages or less, there is no printable spine with this option.

 

Ring Binding
This widely used method makes use of a plastic "comb" that wraps through rectangular holes in the edges of the pages. The plastic comb also forms a spine that covers the edge of the paper.


 

perfect binding

Perfect Binding
A paper cover wraps around the pages and glued to the spine. The cover forms the front, spine and back. Popular for paperback and softcover books, this method results in a professional appearance. Suitable for most book types and sizes.
coil binding
Coil Binding
This method joins the pages and cover of a book using a durable continous loop plastic coil. Pages bound this way can be opened 360 degrees and can remain flat when opened
wire-o binding
Wire-O Binding
Also known as twin-loop binding or double-loop binding, this method uses a wire threaded thru holes along the edge of the paper and cover. Wire-O bind has a similar look and function as coil binding.

 

case binding

 Hardcover / Case Binding

For this method of binding, the cover material can be printed paper, vinyl, cloth or synthetic leather. A loose paper jacket can be added to wrap around the cover to enhance the look of the book.


 

tape binding

Tape Binding
A strip of tape is applied to the spine of a stack of pages, overlapping the bound edge. The pages are often stitched together before the tape is applied. Limited color range.