Binding Methods FAQ

There are a variety of binding methods can can be used for combining separate pages into a finished document. The type of binding may be limited by the paper size and number of pages to be bound. The images below illustrate some of the more popular binding methods used in the printing industry. If you have questions about these or other binding methods, please contact us.

Binding Illustrations

corner staple binding illustration
Corner Staple Binding
The most economical binding method, a staple is used in the corner to attached pages together.
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.
coil binding
Spiral Bound Binding
A round plastic or metal coil is wound through the pages to hold them together. Pages bound this way can be opened 360 degrees and can remain flat when open. Available in black (standard ) and other colors including PMS.

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.

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.

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