Methods of binding

What are the most common methods of binding and which one is right for you?

Saddle stitching

Saddle stitching is the binding of a brochure or magazine using two or three staples to hold the pages together in the centre fold. This method is suitable for publications of 8 pages up to 48 pages (depending on the paper stock weight and finished size) and will ensure your magazine lies flat.  

With saddle stitching, each spread is made up of 4 pages. If necessary, you can include blank pages to make up the total, but they must be included in the overall layout and your page totals must be a multiple of four e.g. 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28 etc.

This applies whether you print self-cover (same stock throughout) or print your cover separately on a heavier stock for added impact.

Perfect binding

With perfect binding, glue is used to bind the pages together instead of staples.  This gives your magazine or book a defined spine, the size of which is determined by the number of pages and the weight of paper stock selected. The cover (including front, spine and back) is wrapped around the internal pages and glue is applied to the spine area to seal the cover to the text.  The glue is then allowed to dry.

Perfect binding is not suitable for a small page count as it too difficult to keep the spine square or centred. However you can print any number of pages and are not restricted to multiples of 4.

It is best suited to a page count of 48 pages upwards and is ideal for annual reports, magazines and books. Perfect binding also offers the option to include multi-page fold outs for maps or photos.