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Binding Options for Catalogues

Updated on January 21, 2013
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Know your binding options

Perhaps you have put together a beautiful Business Catalogue. Everything is perfect, from graphics to images, copy, layout and pagination. The only thing missing is deciding how you want to bind your Business Catalogue.

Corporate Color Printing Inc. has, for over 25 years served startups, small, medium, large and globally recognized brands. A large part of the work we do involves printing and binding Business Catalogues for our clients.

There are several options in binding Business Catalogues. Each option has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. What should be kept in mind is the number of pages your Business Catalogue has, and what binding best suits your marketing objectives.

Here are some binding options for Business Catalogues:

1. Case Bind. This method works best with magazines and heavy books. Thread is sewn into the Business Catalogue to make it extra durable. It can last for years without the pages falling apart.

2. Fold. This is a popular, cost effective binding method. Business Catalogues are simply folded and then sealed using specialized stickers. The typical size for these Business Catalogues is 5 ½ by 8 ½ inches.

3. GBC Binding. This binding method is often used on cookbooks. It is also called ibico binding, 19 ring binding or comb binding. It is practical and less expensive. An advantage is that documents can easily lie flat when the Business Catalogue is opened. Also, this type of binding makes it easy to add pages or take some out. On the downside, GBC binding is often considered cheap. If your brand caters to an upscale market, you should aim for more elegance in your binding.

4. Glue Bind. This is the most inexpensive binding method and it is also the fastest to do. Usually, an offset printing press can do this but the limitation is that the entire Business Catalogue cannot vary paper stocks with a Glue Bind. Only one paper stock must be used for the entire Business Catalogue.

5. Loose Leaf. Also called a three – ring binder, with this method you simply put all the sheets of your Business Catalogue together in sequence and then drill three holes on them. Then, you insert the pages in the three-ring binder.

6. Pasting. This binding method can be used if your Business Catalogue only has eight or 12 pages. Glue is simply applied to the spine of your Business Catalogue to hold the sheets together. On the upside, it is inexpensive and looks clean and neat. On the downside, you can’t use thick Business Catalogues with this type of binding.

7. Perfect Binding. This is often used for big books, magazines and paperback novels, among others. It can accommodate more than 96 pages, depending on how thick your paper is. In perfect binding, the inside pages of your Business Catalogue are bound to the cover of your catalogue through the application of a liquid adhesive. On the upside your Business Catalogue will look impressive. You can even add information on the spine of your Business Catalogue. On the downside, you can’t lay the pages flat down when they are opened.

8. Saddle Stitching. This is good for Business Catalogues that have a medium page count of 120 pages or less. It simply uses two staples or metal stitches to hold your Business Catalogue together. It is a very popular binding method because it is less expensive and more durable.

9. Spiral Binding. This is the cheapest option if your Business Catalogue happens to be very thick. It is simple a single wire or coiled plastic piece that winds through all of the holes on the edge of your Business Catalogue. The upside is that you can open your Business Catalogue with the pages lying flat on the table. Also, there are more than 60 color selections for the spiral bind.

10. Thermal Book Binding. This binding method uses heated glue on the spine of hard covers to hold all the pages of your Business Catalogue together. The result is a “perfect bound” look. It is elegant and durable, but also more expensive.

11. Wire-O Binding. This is also called double loop or twin wire binding, and you will often see this used in notebooks where each hole on the spine has two wires inserted in it. The look is more elegant and impressive, especially if you are making a business presentation with your Business Catalogue. It is more expensive, however.

Now you know the different options you have to bind your Business Catalogue. The question is, who will you choose as a printer? You can’t go wrong with reputation and experience. Choose a good printing company with a track record for experience, knowledge and quality in output. A good printer should be able to advise you on all aspects of your Business Catalogue including binding factoring in your brand, marketing goals, target audience and budget.


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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Your welcome, DDE. Thanks for being the first one to comment on this piece:)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well advised for books and so many ideas thank you