Sailing over the bounding main

Bounding, binding as in documents. There a all sorts of ways to build a book. But what kind of document gets bound? Typically, things like training manuals, annual reports, user guides and presentations. What type of binding depends on your budget, size of the document and how fancy you want to go. Here’s a brief overview of six types of binding:

 

 

 

  1. Plastic comb–Like a plastic spiral. It will open to lay flat and will hold 12 to 425 sheets of 20 lb paper.
  2. Perfect bind–stacked sheets with a glued tape bind. It will store flat and is stackable.
  3. Velo bind–metal strip front and back. Usually punched with 3 to 4 holes, held together with prongs and holds 1 to 3 inches of paper.
  4. Coil–wire or plastic. It will open to lay flat and the pages can be flipped back. Coil binding can hold 20- 230 sheets of 20 lb paper.
  5. Loop wire–Very much like above except each wire is loop rather than a single wire spiraled. It too will lay flat and pages will flip back. It will hold 20 to 200 sheets of 20 lb paper.
  6. Saddle stitch–the most common. Folded sheets of paper stapled down the middle. This type of binding will hold up to 40 sheets of 20 lb paper. Saddle stitch books are always in multiples of four pages.
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