July 2009, V8#7: Define Friday, Jul 3 2009 

Saddle Stitch Spotlight

Saddle Stitch: Soft type binding where pages are printed four and folded in the middle (spine) and stapled in the fold. Many program books and most magazines are saddle stitched.  Due to the paper being folded as a spine, this works well with only small page count books.  Click here for information web page.

Against the Grain: Folding, scoring, binding, or printing at right angles to the alignment of the fibers of the paper.

Binding: Folded sheets (signatures) or single leaves (pages) secured on one edge (spine) and protected by a cover.

Binding Edge: Edge of text block that is attached by sewing or adhesive binding, etc.

Binding Margin (inner, gutter, or back margin): Margin where text block is attached: The distance between the binding edge of a printed page and the text area.

Cover: The outer part of any book. Covers are generally labeled as hard or soft. Type of cover effects types of bindings possible.

Paper Grain: The direction most of the fibers within paper generally lie, corresponding to the direction of their flow on the papermaking machine.

Self Cover: Publications that are softbound using a cover of the same material as the interior.  Self covers may or may not be self-mailers.

Softbound (soft back, soft cover, paper back): Books are secured at the spine – all pages and a cover (index, cover stock, plastic coated, etc.). A few of the types we offer are Chicago screw, coil, comb, perfect, saddle, three-hole, velobind and wire (spiral) binding.

Spine (backbone): Side of the book where all the pages are secured together to the binding – opposite the trim edge. It is the actual edge visible facing outward when a book sits on the shelf.  Center or back of book – surface usually carries lettering (free on all hard bindings).

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December 2003, V2#12: Production Thursday, Jan 22 2009 

Binding

If the book is saddle-stitched, the pages are loaded into a machine that collates, folds and staples the pages and cover into completed books.  For a do it yourself version, print your pages 2 up, collate them together with a card stock cover, fold in the middle and use a saddle back stapler to finish.