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How many types of binding are there? Do you know the differences? Whether it is for a brochure, a book or your dissertation, choosing the right binding is important for your publications.

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Binding types  

Binding types

Binding is the process by which the pages of a printed product are joined to each other to create a publication, like a book, catalogue, brochure, magazine or thesis. There are several binding techniques, suitable for different publishing projects. The type of binding you choose affects various aspects of the publication, such as its design, how practical it is to flick through and its durability.  

It is essential to choose the right type of binding but to do so, you need to understand the differences between the techniques. What types of binding are there? We will talk about the three main types: stapled binding, perfect binding and wire-o binding.  

Stapled binding. Simple and effective 

Stapled binding is the simplest, fastest and cheapest method. It involves the use of two staples that join the individual printed sheets to the cover. Stapled binding is suitable for products with a small number of pages (from 6 to 40 pages).  

This type of binding is regularly used for publications with a low unit price, such as magazines, brochures, guides and company catalogues. 

Perfect binding For more content    

Perfect binding is suitable for bigger publications with a large number of pages. It involves using a special glue to stick the individual pages to the cover and ensure it lasts over time. 

Perfect binding is the most popular option for books because it is resistant and suitable for a larger amount of content. If you want to print a brochure with lots of pages, a book or a thesis, this type of binding is right for you. 

Wire-o binding Resistant and flexible 

This type of binding is definitely the most recognisable because it makes the strongest visual impact. Wire-o binding involves punching holes into the printed sheets and inserting a cylindrical spiral. This allows you to flick through the pages easily and open the product fully. 

This binding technique is very quick and practical. It is versatile and suitable for small or large publications. It is used to create diaries, catalogues and calendars. An excellent balance between effectiveness, affordability and convenience.  

Sewn binding. The most sophisticated binding 

In addition to perfect binding, there is another type of binding: sewn binding. It is one of the most advanced and elegant binding methods. The process is similar to the perfect binding process.

The pages are again grouped together and glued to the cover but before being glued, they are sewn together with cotton, hemp or linen.

This type of binding ensures better resistance to wear than the other methods. Even though it is slightly more expensive, it is definitely the most professional. It is used to create books, graphic novels and catalogues but it can also be used for company presentations, dissertations and theses. 

Choose your binding type and print your publication 

In summary, it is important to consider the following aspects when choosing the right type of binding for you: 

  • Number of pages to bind: the number of pages will definitely influence your choice of binding. For a small number of pages, stapled binding could be perfect. For a larger number of pages, however, we recommend perfect binding. 

  • Design of the end product: for a product with a cleaner and more elegant look, we recommend perfect binding, while stapled binding and wire-o binding make more of a visual impact.  

  • Flexibility: you should also bear in mind the flexibility of the product. If you need to turn the pages 360 degrees, like with a notebook or calendar, the best solution would be wire-o binding. 

  • Durability: for publications that you want to last a long time, perfect binding is the best solution. Stapled binding and wire-o binding are more suitable for products with a short or limited lifetime.  

  • Budget: last but not least, the budget that you have to produce the product is important to consider. Stapled binding is definitely cheaper than sewn binding. 

How to print your bound product 

Once you have chosen the binding type, you can create your publications by selecting the right configuration options for you on the product page in just a few clicks! You can choose the format, dimensions, paper type for the pages and cover, paperweight and lamination. Place your order after stating the number of copies you require and have the product delivered straight to your office or home. 

Pixartprinting offers a printing service for short or long print runs. We use cutting-edge printing technology and carefully select the materials to ensure you get the best possible result.  

Stapled Binding

The simplest type of binding. It involves the use of two simple metal staples to join the sheets to the cover. Easy, fast and cheap.

  • Rapid

  • Low cost

  • For a low number of pages

Suitable for thick publications, it requires the use of a special glue to join the pages to the cover. The paperback can be glued or stitched.

  • Resistant

  • Elegant

  • For a high number of pages

Perfect Binding

Fast and effective, it uses a spiral with a cylindrical section, inside which the sheets and the cover are inserted after drilling.

  • Rapid

  • Effective

  • Versatile

Wire-o Binding

What type of binding suits you the most?

Stapled binding

Perfect binding

Sewn binding

Wire-o binding

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