Do you want a professional-looking book but don’t want to spend money on coil or comb binding? A saddle-stitched booklet may be exactly what you need. Saddle stitching costs $0.20 per booklet here at our shop in DC. Comb or coil will run you anywhere from $3 to $7 per book depending on volume. So there is a considerable difference in price.
When we create saddle stitched booklets we use paper which is double the size of the finished page. If you want a booklet with 8.5 x 11 inch pages, we’ll take 11 x 17 sheets, fold them in half and put 2 staples in the spine. If your art has bleeds, we’ll start with even larger sheets and cut them down to the proper size.
There are a few things to consider when creating a booklet for printing:
1. Booklets work best when the number of pages is divisible by 4. Since each large sheet becomes 4 printed pages, we may need to insert blanks to fill your book.
2. Unless your art has bleeds, you can send us your pages in order and we’ll create the booklet layout. If your art does have bleeds, you’ll need to send us printer spreads. Contact us for more information.
3. Covers and interior pages can be different stocks. Many customers like to wrap a card stock cover around text weight interior pages. This is not a problem. You can mix and match paper stocks.
4. The maximum number of pages for booklets is 200. This means we’ll have 50 double-sided pages folded in half and saddle stitched. With a booklet that thick, we’ll definitely need to trim its face to give it the best appearance.
Any questions about having booklets printed in DC? Feel free to ask them below.