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Binding Decisions

If you're printing a booklet, book, or multi-page report you need to plan how the finished product will be put together before you set up your document in your page layout program. For some types of binding it might simply be a matter of ensuring that the margins are wide enough to accommodate the holes for a three ring binder or spiral binding. For saddle-stitching, you may need to compensate for creep. Some bindings are more durable, others allow your book to lay flat when open. You'll also want to weigh the cost of special equipment if you want to do-it-yourself rather than using a local copy shop or printer.

Howard Bear, Jacci. About.com (1999). Design>Publishing>Finishing>Binding


Bindings for Printed Manuals

For practical purposes, a printed document needs to stay flat on a desk. This limits the binding that you can use. The basic options are explained here.

TechScribe (2007). Articles>Documentation>Finishing>Printing


Perfect and Case Bound Books   (PDF)

No discussion of printing would be complete without mentioning the variety of binding styles available. Jobs have been destroyed in the bindery due to the lack of planning or because the binding process was taken for granted.

Copresco (2001). Articles>Document Design>Finishing>Binding


Saddle Binding of Digital Documents   (PDF)

Binding method is frequently dictated by the thickness of the piece. Saddle stitching provides a fast and cost-effective way to bind booklets, brochures and catalogs.

Copresco (2001). Articles>Document Design>Finishing>Binding

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