There are a number of ways we can bind manuals, reports, books, booklets or magazines. Below are some of the different ways you can go about doing so;
The simplest way is stapling, either one staple in a corner or 2 or 3 along 1 side. This is useful for quick and usually short reports or articles of up to 50 pages or so. If the piece is large enough it may be less expensive to print and bind it as a magazine and saddle stitch it. Another application is for Invoice, receipt or delivery books. With a wrap-around cover we can staple carbonless sets so the top set only can be manually filled in and the appropriate copies easily removed.
– Saddle stitching
Stapling ‘magazine style’ on the folded edge. This is an inexpensive way to finish magazines or manuals of up to about 100 pages (25 sheets) or so, depending on the paper used. Once the booklet gets too big there are issues with the staple reaching as well as the fold becoming awkward.
– Cerlox binding
The comb style plastic coils. This is usually for larger reports or articles of up to 1.25” thick. Their advantage is that they can easily be opened to either, add, delete or change pages but are less permanent then other options. Price is the same as wiro/coil binding.
– Wiro/Coil Binding
Basically the same and are a more permanent version of Cerlox Binding. Coil binding basically screws through the holes while Wiro is straight rings so the pages open a bit easier. The cost per book remains fairly constant for run length and is the same as Cerlox Binding.
– Perfect Binding
Common for paperback books and consists of glued pages at the spine with a ‘wrap around’ cover, usually of cover weight card, that includes a spine that can be printed allowing for easy identification when on a bookshelf. The size of the spine obviously varies depending on the thickness of the book. One advantage to this style is the finished look which as no ‘creep’ in the pages where the sheets in the middle of the book extend farther than the outside ones. The cost per book declines according to run length.
– Casebound or Hardcover Binding
The most expensive and most permanent. The cover is usually a heavy board that can be embossed or foil stamped. Binding consists of glued pages and often sewn as well for added strength.
Three ring Binders are always an option of course. Their cost may be a factor but for smaller quantities the ease of editing pages is a big positive. We can supply binders in all the normal sizes and even custom configurations for larger quantities.
– There are a number of other very short run binding types that are basically competing with Cerlox that all have their benefits and drawbacks.