What Are the Advantages Of Saddle Stitched Booklets?

They are many types and forms of book or brochure binding from which to choose, all of which are best adapted for specific printed materials and purposes – one of the most common forms of binding is one we are all familiar with – saddle stitch! We are all quite used to receiving these types of saddle stitched booklets in the form of price lists, catalogues, magazines, calendars, or newsletters. Of all the soft-cover book binding methods, saddle stitching is the most popular and has many advantages over other binding finishes – as well as producing attractive, professional, and high-end looking brochures, they are also economical and practical. Here are some advantages of saddle stitched brochure printing for you to consider:


Perhaps the biggest advantage of saddle-stitched booklets is the versatility that they offer – they can be easily and cost-effectively produced in many different sizes and formats. They are both practical and attractive in either landscape or portrait style, or even as a square document! This means saddle stitched brochures are ideal to use as a handy ‘pocketbook’ guide, or for something as large as a road atlas (as they can be printed to accommodate large images spanning more than one page), and everything in between!


Saddle stitched brochures can accommodate a varying number of pages depending on the type of brochure you are producing – this is because they can be finished with appropriate hole drilling spaces for inserting into 3-ring binders and therefore can accommodate different thicknesses and types of paper making it an ideal finish for any-sized booklet.

Low Cost

Of all the booklet and brochure binding methods, saddle stitching is the least expensive and most cost effective – the simple process also lends itself to a fast ‘turnaround’ between printing request and finished product!

Short Production Runs

This binding finish is ideal for booklets to be printed inexpensively as short production runs, allowing you to print only as many copies as you require and therefore avoiding excess copies paid for and unused.

Easy Design

Saddle stitched booklets and brochures are easy to design and can accommodate artwork with crossover images (those that span two adjacent pages).

Easy Despatch and Distribution

Saddle stitched booklets are lightweight, so add minimal bulk to the printing making them ideal for items to be mailed out to customers/clients, or for people to distribute by hand at marketing or advertising events and campaigns.

The Cover 

Saddle stitched booklet printing can be finished with a ‘self-cover’ – that is, the cover being printed on the exact same paper grade and weight as all the other pages – or, alternatively, can be printed with a ‘plus-cover’, which consists of  the document cover being printed on a different paper stock – this is usually heavier, and thicker paper than the main body of the document and gives the document a more ‘formal’ finish and appearance.

The Process

The saddle stitching process is based on the gathering, organisation and folding of the pages into what are known as ‘signatures’ containing 4, 8, 12, 16 or 32 pages – all documents to be saddle stitched need to be divisible by four. Once folded, these signatures are fed through the saddle stitcher machinery from the bottom of the folded signature stack, into each other and are then bound, through marked fold lines, with wire staples. A ‘stack’ is then formed by inserting the innermost onto the ‘saddle’ first with the cover signature being the last to be placed on the stack. The stack, once completed with the ‘nested’ signatures, are then stapled in a precision manner. With the binding wire then fed through the pages to hold the brochure together, the document is then ‘trimmed’ accordingly to produce the final attractive booklet or brochure!

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If you would like more information about saddle stitched booklets, you can contact us. Alternatively, you can visit the saddle stitched booklet page .

What Is Wire Bound Booklet Printing?

Many businesses use brochures and booklets as part of their advertising materials to market their products or services and to publish reports and manuals. Wire bound booklet printing is one of the most common forms of producing brochures – there are different methods to bind and finish these documents, but wire bound printing lends itself specifically to certain forms of booklet. Here are some aspects of wire bound booklets for you to consider:

What Is Wire Bound Booklet Binding 

Often referred to as coil or spiral binding, wire binding is a common method for joining the pages and cover of a printed bound booklet – this is achieved by feeding a metal spire or coil through pre-punched holes near the edges of the individual pages to form a spine. The coils used – usually metal or a durable plastic – firmly join the pages to each other and the cover, whilst allowing the pages to open easily and freely. Whilst other binding methods for soft cover documents are often chosen – saddle-stitching and perfect binding for example – wire binding offers some advantages that the other binding methods don’t have. It is a commonly used book binding style used for many different document formats.

What Documents to Consider for Spiral Bound Book Printing 

Wire binding typically works best for documents or booklets of between 4 and 180 leaves – so, if printed double-sided, effectively 360 pages. These booklets and documents can be opened 360 degrees, allowing them to fold flat and therefore making them ideal to use for reference material and subject matters such as recipes, manuals, and reports. This is because there are no solid spines nor folds in wire bound booklet printing – this wire binding format is also useful for wall calendars and planners as they can lie flat against the vertical wall surface. Wire bound booklets are also effective for presentation documents because they can lie open on a desk for easy access and reference.


Wire bound booklets are available in different formats and sizes from a small pocket guide to a large travel atlas dimension. The wires – or coils – are available in many diameter sizes so can accommodate books or documents of varying thicknesses. Wire bound booklets can be printed from A5 size through to A3, which is usually the largest required size. The larger A3 sized booklets are bound on the short edge making them ideal portfolios and creative presentation booklets or documents.

Relevant Materials for Wire Binding 

Different booklets or documents will require different quality materials depending upon their use and target audience – there are a range of different quality and weight paper options appropriate for wire booklet printing and binding. Silk paper, with a smooth feel and sheen appearance will be ideal for some booklets, whilst gloss paper with its’ shiny, smooth finish, highlighting any colour content, is also available and suitable for wire bound booklet printing and finishing. If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your printed documents, as many people are nowadays, recyclable paper options are also available. The plastic coils themselves used for wire book binding are strong and hardy – they resist distortion and therefore hold their shape well.


As with any printed booklet, you will want to consider the front and back covers – wire bound book printing offers different options when deciding on the cover of your choice for your book or document. The cover is often printed on thicker paper than the internal pages of your document, giving the book more protection and durability. The coils themselves are available in many assorted colours so can complement any book cover.

Benefits of Wire Bound Booklet Printing 

Another important aspect to consider when deciding upon your printing and binding format is how quickly you can get your document printed, bound and available to you – wire bound book printing offers a quick production turnaround option, whilst it is a preferred option for short print production runs than other book printing and binding methods.

The advantages of wire bound brochures and booklets

what are the benefits of wire bound booklet printing? image of spiral bound / wiro bound notebook on pale wood desk by Tirachard Kumtanom via pexels.com

Have you heard of Wiro Binding? You’ve probably held a book, brochure or notepad with one before. Utilising a continuous spiral of wire to coil through one edge of hole-punched pages, Wiro or spiral binding is an effective and popular way to bind publications. Here are just a few benefits to wire bound booklet printing.  

1. They can lie flat  

Originating in the 1940’s, this binding method is versatile in that it can be used to bind numerous book sizes with the added advantage of being able to lie flat on a table or one’s lap. Unlike a saddle stitched binding, wire bound booklet printing separates the pages through which it is bound, flattening the document’s front and back covers onto the surface without damaging the spine or causing it to spring closed. This is particularly useful for brochures or business presentations where many people might be viewing the document at the same time. 

2. They can be folded back on themselves 

For added versatility, wire bound booklet printing gives users the option to fold the book back on itself. This is particularly useful for instruction manuals when reading along hands-free, as they won’t close by themselves even when folded back flat. Just put them on a desk and you’ll be able to refer to them while you get on with your tasks with no hassles. Even when flicking through page after page, the book will always lie flat. 

3. They can be double sided or single sided 

Because of the way that Wiro binding works, spiral binding makes effective publications in both double-sided or single-sided formats. Double-sided books will benefit the most from being able to be laid flat, as we’ve discussed already. We can advise on the optimum page borders for printing so that space is provided for the spiral spine down the middle of two pages, and you’ve got a great product that is easy to use. You can also choose between a hard or soft cover depending on the look and feel that you’re after.  

4. Can be any number of pages 

Unlike other binding methods which need to be multiples of four, Wiro binding is easy to design, print and publish. No page counting here! With different spiral sizes and colours available to suit thin or thicker documents, wire bound booklet printing will give you a cost-effective way to present your document or booklet. There are also numerous page sizes and orientations to provide you with the right format that you need. From A6, A5 and A4 pages, to DL bound brochure printing, DL Graphics is your choice of print shop in central London. 

From formal business documents down to the humble note pad, spiral bound books have been around for nearly 100 years. We know how versatile they are to use and that they are cost-effective to produce. Let us guide you through the process of finishing your next print run with spiral binding. We recommend Wiro binding for all sorts of publications, so don’t miss your next opportunity to use this ingenious way to present your next printing project. 


DL Graphics are a printing company in London. From concept to client, we at DL Graphics have it covered. Established in 1989, we have been trading and evolving for 32 years, specialising in creative & artwork, print & distribution, and interactive & online. So, if you’re in the market for some branded business stationery, from business cards, complimentary slips, envelopes and letterhead printing in London, or are simply looking for inspiration, our online print shop central London is the place for you! Call us on  020 7242 3337 or email info@dl-graphics.com or use our contact form and we will get back to you within 24 hours.  



Why choose perfect bound brochures and booklets?

Perfect bound brochures

When it comes to choosing binding, perfect bound brochures are a popular choice for many businesses. They provide a much more professional, high-end look than their counterparts.

Depending on the size, brochures and booklets are often bound with a saddle-stitch or wiro bound owing to the size and content. However, there are many good reasons why businesses might lean towards perfect bound brochures or booklets between 40-700 pages long.

Let’s take a look:

Perfect binding – what is it?

To first understand the pros of perfect bound brochures, we must understand the term perfect binding. In short, all the pages in the document are stacked together, and a strong glue is applied to the edge before covering with the sleeve or cover. The pages, glue and cover are bonded together along the spine to create one perfect book or booklet.  And the pages along the three open sides are trimmed to form a perfectly shaped publication.

The strength and smooth finish of a perfect bound brochure makes it still the most popular and prestigious form of printing. Because of its strong nature, it is more commonly used on larger, thicker magazines, catalogues, brochures and books.

What are the advantages of using perfect binding?

There are a number of advantages to perfect bound brochures.

  • First and foremost, it looks professional. Perfect bound brochures, books and documents have a smooth clean finish which truly catches the eye of the beholder.
  • The perfect bound spine makes for easier stacking and standing than saddle-stitch and wiro-bound documents, allowing them to sit neatly on top of each other, or stand side-by-side; making for a superior and more presentable display of the publication.
  • You can print on the spine, so the title of the publication is visible when the document is stacked or shelved; making it easier to find.
  • Its more cost-effect than you think! Simply contact DL Graphics for a quotation on any of your print requirements, and we’ll be happy to work with you on a price than meets your requirements.

How to decide what type of finish to have for your publication

With perfect bound brochures, the choice really is yours. At DL Graphics, we have invested heavily in the latest technology and equipment, enabling us to offer a wide variety of the latest finishing techniques. The overall presentation of your collateral can be greatly enhanced with the wide variety of options available. We’re happy to help and advise on the best option for your particular project.

The sizes that suits perfect binding the most

Any document between 40 and 700 pages is best suited for perfect binding, including magazines, catalogues, brochures, reports, manuals and books. You can choose saddle-stitch for the smaller size documents and wiro-bound for the larger size. However, perfect bound brochures are the perfect option for any document between these sizes.

DL Graphics – who are we and how can we help?

DL Graphics are a printing company in London. From concept to client, we at DL Graphics have it covered. Established in 1989, we have been trading and evolving for 32 years, specialising in creative & artwork, print & distribution, and interactive & online. So, if you’re in the market for some perfect bound brochures in London, print marketing or are simply looking for inspiration, our online print shop is the place for you! Call us on 02072423337 or email info@dl-graphics.com or use our contact form and we will get back to you within 24 hours.