Binding is simply the method used to hold a book’s pages together.  The type of binding you choose will depend on your design and how you are going to use the book.

Saddle-Stitched Booklet
Saddle-stitching or bookletizing is a simple, quick, economical and polished binding method for documents with a low page count.  With a saddle-stitched booklet, the front and back covers are printed on one sheet of paper.  That piece of paper is placed on the top of the stack of paper that makes up the inside of the booklet, and then the whole booklet is stapled and folded down the middle.  Saddle-stitching is documents such as catalogs, brochures, marketing materials, and other small documents comprised of eight or more pages (the total number of pages must be divisible by four).

Comb Binding

Comb binding is a popular binding method that is economical, convenient and has a degree of durability that makes it a good option for just about any document.  When a book is comb bound, an edge is punched with small rectangular holes and a plastic comb strip is inserted through the holes.  The strip covers the spine, is round, comes in a variety of colors and can be printed on.  Comb bound books can easily accommodate a large number of pages, add or remove pages as necessary, and can lay flat, so it is a good choice for book like technical or course manuals.

Coil Binding

Coil binding (also known as spiral binding) is an economical way to achieve a strong, lay flat binding.  Pages turn very easily and can also be opened back to back, while remaining flat.  When a book is coil bound its pages are punched with small round holes and a plastic coil is threaded through and then trimmed and crimped to the size of the book.  Coils come in a variety of colors but this method of binding does not have a printable spine and you cannot easily remove or add pages.  Coil binding is a great choice for notebooks, reference materials, yearbooks, and manuals.

Wire-O Binding
Wire-O binding is a sturdier alternative to coil or comb binding but accommodates fewer pages than comb binding.  One advantage of Wire-O binding is that it does not “step up” when opened, allowing images to seamlessly cross over.  When a book is Wire-O bound, its pages are punched with square holes and a double-loop wire is inserted through the holes.  The loops are crimped together to hold the wire in place.  This double-loop wire is available in a variety of colors, gives a book a polished look and allows it to lay flat.  However, it does not provide a printable spine and you cannot easily remove or add pages.  Wire-O binding is used in books, manuals, notebooks, presentation books, and reference materials.

Tape Binding
Tape bound books use fabric along the spine to create a stylish look.  Fabric tape, covered on one side with glue, is applied to the edge of the pages of a book, wrapped around the pages and heated to melt the glue onto the paper.  As the glue melts, the taping machine applies pressure and bonds the tape to the front and back covers of the book.  Tape binding allows a printable spine, but you cannot remove or add pages once the book is bound.  Tape binding is a popular method for binding reports, manuals and books.

Perfect Binding (Not available at Clone)
A perfect bound book is made up of stacked printed pages which are clamped tightly together with their binding edge down.  The binding edge is then roughend up and run over hot glue rollers.  A pre-scored cover is then inserting into the binding machine and all parts are glued together.  The book is then trimmed to create a book with a clean look and a flat spine.  Perfect binding is an excellent choice for books, corporate reports, manuals, annual reports, and photo books.

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