|1. Spiral Binding – A spiral binding uses a continuous plastic coil which is wrapped through evenly spaced holes that have been punched into the individual pages and crimped at both ends. Spiral plastic coil binding is available in a range of colors and gauges to finish your project in style.|
|Because the pages turn easily, spiral binding is a good solution for training manuals, cookbooks, notebooks and calendars. When a spiral-bound book is open, it will lie flat. The pages will also open 360 degrees – folding cover to cover – leaving one page visible and reducing the desk or counter space needed. Spiral binding is great for mailing because it is durable and resists crushing.|
|2. Wiro® – A sturdier alternative to the single plastic spiral is Wiro (Wire-o or double loop wire) binding. Unlike true looped spiral binding, it often has a narrow gauge wire “spine” running the length of the loops.|
|With this binding technique, double loops of wire fit into round or rectangular holes in the paper. The loops are crimped to hold the wire in place. Like a spiral plastic binding, wire binding allows a book to lay flat and can fold open cover to cover. wire binding lends a professional-looking finish to corporate reports, proposals, workbooks, calendars, booklets and manuals of all types and sizes.|
|3. Saddle Stitching – Saddle stitching is one of the simplest and most widely-used binding techniques. Saddle stitched manuals are constructed when folded pages are placed over a “saddle” and then staples along the spine or fold line. This cost-effective style of binding is excellent for personalized manuals, booklets, brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, direct mailers and catalogs.|
|4. Cerlox – With cerlox binding, a half tube that has curved teeth fits through rectangular holes along the paper edge. The teeth bend behind the solid part of the tube, holding the sheets together.|
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- Custom three-ring binders are another versatile option, and like cerlox binding, allow you to add pages at a later time.
- A “permanent” solution is called perfect binding which is a form of adhesive binding. This binding is sometimes called a “soft cover,” which is similar to paperback book binding.