There are a variety of binding methods can can be used for combining separate pages into a finished document. The type of binding may be limited by the paper size and number of pages to be bound. The images below illustrate some of the more popular binding methods used in the printing industry.
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Corner Staple Binding
The most economical binding method, a staple is used in the corner to attached pages together.
Side Stitch Binding
Sheets of paper are stitched (stapled) together along the spine edge. This is an economical choice for reports and presentations.
Saddle Stitch Binding
This popular method binds pages using two or more staples placed along a folded edge. Suitable for books less than 3/8 inch thickness (approx 200 pages or less), there is no printable spine with this option.
Also known as twin-loop binding or double-loop binding. A wire is threaded through small holes in the edge of the paper. This type of binding is "lay flat" as the book will open and lay flat. A favorite choice for cookbooks.
A heavy paper cover wraps around the pages and glue is used to adhere pages to the spine. The cover forms the front, spine and back. Popular for paperback and softcover books, this method results in a professional appearance. Suitable for most book types and sizes.
Also known as hard cover binding, case binding cover materials can be paper, vinyl, cloth, or leather. A loose, paper dust jacket often wrapped around the cover to protect it. A very durable, yet expensive binding method.
Loose Sets Binding
A special adhesive is used to glue the parts of a multi-part carbonless form together. The adhesive allows the parts to be peeled apart and separated.
A latex based adhesive hold the sheets together, usually with a heavy backing sheet. Most common use is for note pads.
This type of binding is used create a handy book of business forms. The cover protects the forms and the binding keeps the sets togther.