Spiral Bound Booklets

Spiral Bound Booklets
Spiral bound books are an elegant and durable way to deliver your presentations, reports, or workbooks. Customize your look and feel with various papers, covers, and coating options. Choose spiral binding for lay-flat properties and a professional image.
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Spiral binding is one of the print industry’s most popular booklet binding options. It is highly economical and offers a wide array of print applications. Within the business world, spiral binding is renowned for its simple design and ability to cost-effectively make small print projects of only a few pages look polished and professional.

Also known as coil binding, spiral binding can be used for virtually all sizes of books, from pocket-sized to oversized and everything in between. The plastic binding allows for portrait or landscape paging, and can even have the binding coil on top of the book. For instruction manuals, cookbooks, calendars, PowerPoint presentations, and other types of booklets that stand out from the crowd, spiral binding can’t be beat.

Product Features

  • Spiral bound books are a favorite for presentations, manuals, cookbooks, documents, and much more.
  • Comes with black plastic coils for a durable, lay-flat binding.
  • Choose from endless paper options that fit your look and feel. For a more elegant, professional feel, check out our “Clear Cover Black Back” option.
  • A classic, organized, and functional way to present information.
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Download a template, drop some artwork on it, and add some text. Our templates have all the information you need to create a print-ready file.
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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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    What spiral bound book sizes do you offer?
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    We offer multiple sizes of spiral bound books, and we offer customized sizes for your unique print project.

    Select “Input a custom dimension” option to add your specific size.

    How does the spiral binding process work?
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    Spiral binding uses a plastic coil shaped like a long spring to hold the cover and pages together. The coil is carefully threaded through a row of evenly-spaced holes that are punched into the spinal edge of the cover and pages.

    When the coil is fully inserted, both ends are crimped to prevent it from unraveling. This results in a sturdy bind that makes it easy to turn the pages. A spiral bound booklet can also be laid flat and folded back against itself.

    Spiral binding is ideal for wall calendars and other booklets that hang flat against a wall.

    It can also accommodate index tabs to create sections that allow readers to find specific information without having to hunt for it.
    What material are your coils made from?
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    All of our coils are made from plastic. If you’re looking for more durability, we offer metal wire binding here: Wire-O Books.

    Do you offer custom colored coils?
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    The color of the standard coils we offer are black. Custom colored coils are not available on our website. Please contact customer service if you have a special color request.

    Do you have templates?
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    We offer spiral bound book templates that gives you a step-by-step guide to designing your books. These templates show you how to setup your files (color modes and settings), margins, and standard sizes.

    The templates for spiral bound books are located on this page, under the “Templates” category.

    Is spiral binding still cost-effective if I have a small number of booklets to print?
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    Yes. Spiral binding is an economical choice for short production runs since the binding doesn’t require the application of glue. This reduces the time and the cost of the binding process. It also allows for quick turnaround times.

    How soon can I get my spiral bound books?
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    Your exact delivery dates depend on quantity and page count. Our fastest delivery options will get your spiral bound books in your hands within 2 business days.

    Need overnight or same day service? Contact us.

    Why use Printivity’s spiral bound book printing service?
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    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.

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    Why choose a spiral bound book over other options?

    There are several unique advantages in cost and accessibility for spiral bound printing, as opposed to saddle stitch booklet printing or perfect bound book printing.

    Spiral bound books are held together by plastic or metal coils that are spiraled through the spine of the document. These spirals are more durable than the staples traditionally used in saddle stitch binding, and are quicker to manufacture than the glue-based perfect bound books. Spiral bound documents can be created on site in a print shop easily. They are one of the most popular products here at Printivity.

    Spiral bound printing can also easily accommodate various paper types, of up to cardstock thickness. This makes spiral bound printing the standard for flip charts and other low page count, long lasting documents used in business presentations and educational settings. Spiral bound books are often seen in classrooms at all age levels. This is because pages can be turned a full 360 degrees, pages turn easily and stay put, and the format works great with index tabs.

    How can I customize my book?

    Standard spiral books are usually produced with common dimensions, such as 8.5” by 11”, 6” by 9” or 8.5” by 5”. Here at Printivity, we can produce books as small as 5” by 7” or as large as 12” by 9”. Check out our available dimensions, listed above. If you don’t see what you’re looking for there, contact us, as we also provide custom dimensions.

    We provide custom sizes, as well as custom color spirals, with the standard plastic coil color being black. You can choose between “landscape spiral” or “portrait spiral”, depending on the design of your document. One of the advantages of using spiral binding is that spirals can easily be placed in different orientations. All you need to do is let us know which side of the book you want the spiral bound on, and we’ll take care of the rest.

    What template should I use?

    The template really depends on the nature of your document. Often, powerpoint presentations and the like will be printed and reproduced using a landscape style orientation with the binding on top, whereas more conventional booklets will use portrait style orientation, with the binding on the left side. We have downloadable templates in many standard sizes, and we encourage you to experiment with the various templates and orientations to find the best look for your document.

    As you prepare your document, we urge you to make sure that your edges and bleed areas are set correctly, and that your color is set for color printing in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) instead of RGB (red, green, blue). CMYK is colors used for printing while RGB is what is produced by color monitors; when printed, RGB will look different from what is displayed on the screen. “Bleed” is extra artwork that gets trimmed from a page, and is usually 3mm (0.125”) outside your document final size.

    Fun facts from history

    The spiral binding method was created in 1932 by the Spiral Binding Company, fittingly enough. Its original metal coil product was later replaced by Spiralastic, created during World War II as a plastic replacement. Now, the Spiral Binding Company, based in Totowa NJ, is a print finishing and presentation products company.

    At first, metal spiral binding was the standard for spiral or coil binding, but as time went on plastic became a safer and less expensive option for creating a print spiral bound book. Eventually, machinery was developed that allowed for up to approximately 300 books to be bound per hour, with an average thickness of 25 millimeters. The current machine-based method are preferred industry wide, and can be completed by a spiral binding service in moments. Considering it’s speed, convenience, and affordability, it’s easy to see why cheap spiral bound printing has become the industry standard it is today.

    Uses for spiral bound books

    These days, spiral binding is used by businesses, nonprofits, schools, and individuals that are seeking an inexpensive printing option for documents that range between 100 to 300 pages. Spiral bound books see heavy use in reporting and accounting, especially where tabbed indexing is essential. Accounting, financial, and law firms also make heavy use of this style of printing, due to the high volume production of reports necessary in these industries.

    The covers of spiral bound books are usually not as durable as other options, but the easy to turn pages make up for this. They present countless uses that are only limited by the imagination of the user or the organization. Some of these include:

    • Image collections
    • Catalog printing for price guides
    • Technical and procedural manuals
    • Quarterly internal reports
    • Presentation documentation
    • Education workbooks and textbooks, nursing and health care industry guides, and other technical education
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