Saddle-Stitched Booklets

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Saddle stitch booklets are extraordinarily versatile and economical. Precisely cut and folded, saddle stitching provides a clean and crisp finish that will impress. Fast turnarounds, no minimums, and plenty of customization options, it’s no wonder that this is one of our most popular binding options.
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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. Saddle-stitching is also 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. 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.

Product Features

  • 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.
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  • Preferred File Format: PDF.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Need same day or next day service? Contact us.


    Why choose saddle stitched book binding over other options?

    Saddle stitch booklet printing is a hugely popular binding format for book printing (along with other printed materials). Saddle stitch binding is universal for most comic books, many print magazines, and all sorts of catalogs, circulars and fliers. Saddle stitching booklets are popular because it enables designers to create products that can be used for a wide variety of purposes, like concert programs, instruction manuals, and as we mentioned, magazines and comic books. This is also called staple booklet printing.

    The only real drawback for saddle stitching booklet printing is that it functions best for books of relatively low page count (in the neighborhood of 64 to 72 pages or so) and for conventional paper size formats, such as 8.5” by 11”. Saddle stitched printing is ideal for documents that are to be distributed to large numbers of people for temporary or short-term use.

    How can I customize?

    There are innumerable formats and templates that can be used for documents printed in saddle stitch booklet format. Popular design software such as Adobe Indesign can handle designs intended to be assembled into saddle stitched documents. See our format templates above to get an idea of popular choices for saddle stitched booklets. If you need to use a special template, consult with our team and we’ll be happy to figure out what works best for your particular design needs.

    There are a few important things to keep in mind when laying out your saddle stitched book:

    Your document page dimensions should have one dimension that is double the length of each printed page. So, for an 8.5” by 11” per page document, you must print your book out in an 11” by 17” format that contains two pages.

    Make sure to have your designs in CMYK color format, not RGB, when you are creating your saddle stitched booklet. RGB output is meant for color monitors, not print. Always make sure to use CMYK color format, as printing in RGB colors will not accurately represent how your design appears on your screen. Make sure to perform this check before submitting your final design files to us.

    Double check that the content has at least a quarter to a half inch of margin, both in the middle crease of the folded page, and from the outside edge: this is called bleed. This ensures that readers can see the content and that printers will see the cut lines when they need to trim the pages.

    Hundreds of different templates and paper stocks can support the saddle stitching format. If you’re not sure what to select, check with us to see what is best for your design.

    What template should I use?

    That depends on your document, but the great thing about saddle stitching is that so long as you keep your document around 64 pages, you can use nearly any dimension. This can be as small as 4.5” by 4.5” to as large as 12” by 12”, depending on your needs. Many different finish options are available as well. Portrait format is good for magazines, while landscape is good for banners.

    Fun facts about saddle stitching in history

    Here are some interesting facts about saddle stitching and printing history!

    Did you know

    The historical term for how pages can stick out from the main body of a printed product is creep, a problem that comes up in large runs of saddle stitched books. The method of dealing with creep is called shingling, a slight staggering of the location of the pages in the opposite direction so as to help the pages all line up.

    While saddle stitch printing may not come up as a historical phenomenon, many forms of printing come from saddle stitching. Saddle stitching is the preferred method for comic books and is still used today by Marvel and DC. Without saddle stitching, the impact on printing for education, entertainment and advertising would be tremendous.

    Creative uses for saddle stitched books

    Do you need a menu? A book full of math problems for kids? Are you a self-publishing comic book artist? Are you creating a zine? Do you want a catalog for when you head to your next trade show? While web pages and social media have emerged as important in communications, saddle stitching allows you to easily create printed items that people can touch and feel. This can create an impression that lasts long after the survival of the actual printed object itself.

    Business uses for saddle stitched books

    Business uses for saddle stitch are also multitude. Product catalogs, sales fliers, marketing materials and pitch sheets, internal documents for health care plans and HR policy, internal memos—all of these use saddle stitching.

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