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this is the information page on what binding styles serve what purpose in commercial printing
So, you’re not sure which binding method best suits your needs. Well, the good news is you wouldn’t be the only person in that position. We have added this page to try and clean up some of the confusion surrounding book binding. While you are more than welcome to call us at any point in time, in the below text we has described each book binding method, demonstrated where it should be used and added a link in the headlines so you can deferrer away from the page and look at one book binding method at a time.
How should you choose between different binding styles?
There's no need to guess. Our dedicated print team will look at your quantity, size and 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 is the right binding process for you.
If you're considering making an order, the best thing to do is to contact our team here with any questions and we'll come back to you same day for a chat..
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, also known as book stapling, is one of the most cost efficient binding methods available to fasten books. It's fast, economical and ideal for smaller publications and booklets. The pages are secured through the centre-fold by wire staples, allowing the book to open flat. The number of pages that can be stitched depends on how thick the paper is, although as a general rule 48 pages is the maximum advisable number of pages for a saddle stitched magazine.
It's also interesting to note, that saddle stitched magazine need to have a page count 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...
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 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.