Order Saddle Stitch Booklet Printing and Binding

  • As our most popular binding option, staple binding is loved for its simplicity and professional reading experience.
  • Two staples, made with 24-gauge steel wire, hold the book together to give you a versatile, and economical bind.
  • Choose from endless paper and finishing options that fit your brand.
  • Brilliant, Professional, Economical.

Three things you should know about saddle-stitched binding:

  1. Saddle-stitched can be used for a wide variety of booklets, including programs,
    pamphlets, newsletters, thin magazines and catalogs, wall calendars, comics, direct
    mailers and more.
  2. Saddle-stitching is ideal for short run print projects, one-time events (such as a sporting
    event or fundraiser), and other printed materials that don’t need a long lifespan.
  3. When designing a saddle-stitched booklet, avoid putting text or graphics too close to the
    fold of the book’s spine or near an edge that will be trimmed. Doing so may accidentally
    cut off part of the booklet’s content.

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  • Accepted File Formats:DOC, JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIFF, AI, PSD, PUB, PPT.
  • Resolution:300 DPI.
  • Color Space:We prefer CMYK (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/blacK). If you use RGB, the colors on the print may turn out, in some cases, different than what you're expecting. Learn more >
  • Fonts:Please flatten your documents before sending your file. If you use a special font which our system can not recognize, the document will replace your font with another font in our system.

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    Why is it called saddle-stitching if the binding uses staples?

    The name refers to the binding process rather than the type of stitching used. The folded pages of the
    booklet are draped over an apparatus that looks like a saddle – hence the name “saddle-stitching.” Any
    bookbinding process that uses wire staples is usually referred to as saddle-stitching.

    What is the difference between saddle-stitch vs perfect bound?

    Saddle-stitch binding uses two staples to hold the book together, whereas perfect bound books are glue bound.

    Why are the pages only in multiples of 4?

    Saddle stitch books are stapled in the middle of the book and folded in half. Because of this process, we have to print the books on a longer sheet, so that when they’re folded in half, the folded dimensions will match the final dimension.

    For example, if you ordered an 8.5 x 11” book, we would have to print your books on an 11 x 17” sheet and fold it in half to make your 8.5 x 11” book.

    Since saddle stitch books are folded and stapled with a longer sheet, we can only increase or decrease the page count in multiples of four. If you have and odd-numbered book, we can add blank pages to accommodate your design.

    What is the highest number of pages that can be used with a saddle-stitched binding?

    Saddle stitching works best for booklets with 64 pages or less. You can have more pages, but the booklet may not lie as flat as you would like. Also, higher page count booklets may require more than two staples, the number used in most saddle-stitched booklets.

    Why use Printivity’s saddle stitch printing service?

    Every order comes backed with our customer satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with our quality, we do our best to make it right.

    What is the best type of paper to use with saddle-stitched binding?

    That’s another advantage of saddle-stitching – it works well with many different paper types and finishes. This allows you to give your booklet a polished, professional look even with saddle-stitch’s low binding costs.

    Can a Saddle-Stitched book allow for printing on its spine?

    No. the spines on a saddle-stitched book are not flat, which removes the option of including any printing on the spine.

    What size books can be bound with saddle-stitching?

    Saddle-stitching can be used with almost all size book, from mini-books to oversized and everything in-between. It can also accommodate any layout orientation such as traditional portrait, landscape, or square.

    How soon can I get my saddle stitched booklets?

    Your exact delivery dates may vary depending on quantity and page count, but in general, you can get your books in your hands within 2 business days.

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