How to Bind a Booklet

There are 4 basic methods to bind a book, booklet, catalog or most printed documents.

  1. Saddle-Stitch
  2. Plock-Bound
  3. Coil-Bound
  4. Perfect Bind

This is the most popular method for binding a book. The printed pages and cover are folded and stapled at the spine and trimmed to size. This is often seen in magazines, booklets and catalogs.

Upside: It is the most inexpensive binding method.

Downside: The book will not lay flat, when open or closed.

Plock-Bound Book
Plock-Bound Book


This binding method uses saddle-stitching. After binding, the book enters a Plockmatic application, whereas the book is pressed to a square spine for a “Lay-Flat” (when closed) appearance. A Plock-bound book looks very much like a perfect bound book, except it is stitched, not glued.

Upside: Professional appearance with lay-flat capabilities.

Downside: More expensive than traditional saddle-stitch.

Coil-Bound Book
Coil-Bound Book


Coil-bound is popular for large books, catalogs and presentations. When open, coil-bound will lay flat for easy access to both printed pages. Plastic coils are most common, but “Wire-O” binding is an option.

Upside: Preferred method for larger page counts.

Downside: More expensive, due to extra labor required to punch and bind.

Perfect Bound Book
Perfect Bound Book


Glue is used to create a square spine with the pages and cover. The spine of the pages is ground to accept glue, then passed over a hot glue pot and positioned into the cover, where it is clamped to a square spine.

Upside: Very professional!

Downside: Most expensive of the four binding methods.

Booklet printing, binding and mailing is easy with Heritage Printing. Serving southern Maryland and Washington, DC since 1977.


Kevin Smith
Marketing Manager
Heritage Printing

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