What is the best way to bind your documents?
There is more than one way to bind a book or document
We know that the layout of your document is a relevant part of its presentation. For this reason, it is crucial you decide how you will bind the finished product. You can choose from several binding methods. Think about what you want your project to look like before you get it printed. Every day we see people come into our shop who have no idea what to answer when we ask them about the binding. Here are some tips!
Different Types of Binding
The kind of binding is often selected according to the purpose of the document, the total number of pages, and the printing budget.
Comb binding also called GBC it is a cost-effective method suitable for office documents that must lay flat when open. The plastic comb rings are inserted into rectangular holes punches. Plastic comb bindings are more vulnerable to damage than spiral bindings.
Spiral or coil binding utilizes a smooth, round coil to hold pages together. Useful for documents such as calendars, technical manuals, notebooks, school notebooks and steno pads. Allows books to lie flat when open and pages can be turned all the way around to the back if desired. Coils are available in an assortment of colors.
Wire-O binding uses a double-loop wire that holds the covers and pages of a document firmly in place. The wire is inserted through holes drilled on the left edges. All of the document’s pages lay flat when opened, can turn quickly through 360°, and stay in perfect alignment with adjacent pages. Commonly used to bind reference books, reports, proposals, calendars, and planners. Even though they are durable, they do not permit printing onto the document spine or the insertion of new pages.
Saddle stitching is frequently used in booklets, magazines, catalogs, and calendars. It is probably the most common and economic binding method. All the pages are gripped together by punching the wire through the document outside the spine, then bending the wire flat on the inside centerfold.
Perfect binding is a punchless-binding method in which the sections of folded pages (signatures) are linked with glue, and spines are trimmed off and roughed up. All segments are collated and glued to a wrap-around cover. The cover is always scored on back and front which makes it easy to open. Perfect binding is well-suited for paperback books, thick magazines, annual reports, technical manuals, and catalogs.
Case binding is often used for hardcover books. The pages are collated and sewn by machine and the edges coated with glue. A strip of gauze adheres to the document’s spine. Finally, everything is placed in a casing machine, which sticks the endpapers and fits the cover.
Keep pages together with the binding method of your choice
The idea of binding is very straightforward: it should keep pages together and enable a book to lie flat on a surface. A professional printing service can help give you options for binding your documents.