Saddle Stitched Booklets (including Look Books, Magazines, Product Catalogues)
Have your booklets saddle stitched for easy reading. Types of books that do not contain many pages such as magazines, catalogues, periodicals, brochures and newsletters are saddle stitched. This involves placing the staples down the spine of the book to bind it resulting in a document that looks professional. The book can lie flat for ease of reading because the stapling is done at the middle. With the right stock selection, booklets can be produced to a very high standard and is often used in the fashion industry to showcase the latest season’s styles (called a Look Book).
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Saddle stitching a booklet is the cheapest method of binding and takes a short time to do. This makes it suitable for someone with a small budget and wants to print about 100 copies of a booklet, catalogue or a program because the method is suitable for short runs that do not contain many books. The binding does not take a lot of time to do and can be used if there is need for brochures, pamphlets, catalogues or any other booklet in the shortest time possible. In addition, if you want to test the market with particular marketing materials with a small budget, you can place a small order of about 150 brochures or the marketing materials you are using, to find out how it will perform.
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The method is suitable for books with heavier covers as well as with covers similar to the interior pages papers – self-covers. However, it should be noted that there is a particular thickness when the book becomes too bulky that it does not fold properly. This depends on how thick the paper that has been used is, with the limit usually being around 60 pages. At this point, it is advisable not to use saddle stitching for binding.
The books to be stitched can be of different sizes whether as small as a pocket guide or as large as a magazine or an atlas. This makes it suitable for a variety books and booklets that do not contain many pages but of different sizes such as product catalogues, guides, handouts and brochures.
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The staples used for binding are light and therefore do not add much weight to the book especially if it is for mailing. This makes it a good method of binding promotional materials that needs mailing. It is easy to design for saddle stitching because the books can accommodate images or artwork that can use two adjacent pages.
Saddle Stitched Booklet Printing Limitations
Saddle stitching however comes with limitations, one of it being the number of pages that the book must have for the method to be used. The pages of the book must be divisible by four for the method to be applicable and it is therefore restrictive. Another limitation is that the spine is also folded and titles cannot be printed there and it is not as flexible as the other binding methods.
Saddle stitching booklets provides a solution for binding books that have few pages and low quantities. It is favoured due to its low cost and fast turnaround time. This makes promotional materials such as catalogues and brochures available in a short time and inexpensively.
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