Magazine Binding Styles

Which binding styles serve what purposes in Australia commercial magazine printing

So, you’re not sure which magazine binding method best suits your magazine printing needs. Well, the good news is you wouldn’t be the only one. We have added this page to try and clean up some of the confusion surrounding magazine binding; a while you are more than welcome to call us at any point in time, in the below we have described each magazine binding method, explain where they should be used and have added the links in each headlines so you can deferrer away from this magazine binding page and look at one any one magazine binding method at a time.

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How should you choose between different binding styles?

There's no need to guess. Our dedicated magazine print team will look at your magazine printing quantity, size and the purpose and advise you on which binding process is best suited to your magazine printing needs. Our Magazine Print Account Managers can help you determine if Perfect Binding, PUR Binding or Saddle Stitching Magazine Binding is the best magazine binding process for you.

If you're considering magazine printing, the best thing to do is contact us with any questions you may have and we'll come back to you same day for a detailed conversation.

Perfect Binding and Burst Binding

Perfect binding is the process of glueing the inner pages edges into a combined spine within the cover. It is suitable for light usage, and has the disadvantage that single pages may fall out with a long time with heavy use. It's cost effective and suitable for most book print jobs. Burst binding, on the other hand, has notches or perforations in the spine which allows better penetration by the glue. Another significant advantage is that the spine edge is not milled like the above perfect binding, leaving the signatures intact and reducing the possibility of pages tearing out. That means burst bound magazines have better strength and durability than perfect bound magazines.
Perfect binding and burst binding both present well, but are not suitable for heavy wear usages. They are useful for quality periodicals, school yearbooks, light use catalogues and other types of general usage publications. They are normally used for publications of 64 pages or more.


Saddle Stitching (2 Wire Stapling)

Saddle stitching, also known as book stapling, is one of the most cost efficient binding methods available to fasten books and magazines. It's fast, economical and ideal for smaller publications. Saddle stitch pages are secured through the centre-fold by two wire staples, allowing the magazine to lay completely flat. The page count for saddle stitched magazines depends on how thick the paper is, although as a general rule, 72 pages is the maximum advisable page count for a saddle stitch magazine.
It's also interesting to note, that saddle stitched magazine need a number of pages in a multipul of 4, so that there is a spine fold for the staple to fasten. We'd be pleased to advise you on soft cover options and whether saddle stitching is the best solution for binding your magazine...


PUR Binding (Polyurethane Reactive Adhesive)

If your soft cover magazine is going to be very thick, or it needs to survive constant usage or extreme climatic conditions, you may require PUR binding. PUR binding uses a special high tach adhesive called Polyurethane Reactive Adhesive, and while this process is more expensive, it will provide a binding many times stronger than standard perfect binding.


Wire-O-Binding & Coil Bind (Yes, they are different)

Wire binding (or wire-o-binding) is commonly found when a combination of heavy and light stocks are all used together on the same magazine intermittently. Because wire binding is durable and allows for full and flat book opening and closing, it is also useful for binding items like calendars, swatch books, note books, annual reports, diary, presentation books and unusual custom publications. Wire binding is available in a range of colours, finishes and sizes, to suit your needs.


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