The Service Bureau offers 3 kinds of binding: Saddle Stitch, Spiral Binding and Perfect Bound.


Saddle Stitch Booklets


What is a Saddle Stitch?
Saddle Stitching refers to a very popular book binding method in which folded sheets are gathered together one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the folded crease from the outside and are clinched between the centermost pages.

Only takes 24 hours! Good for zines, short comics, or small pamphlets. 
Saddle Stitch Binding typically folds an 8.5″x11″ or 11″x17″ paper in half to make a book.

Printers:  Canon C800/C700
Size: Either 5.5×8″ or 8.5×11″. Books are folded along the long edge

Paper: Hammermill Bond, Sterling Gloss Text, B&W Laser Paper, or B&W Colored Papers*
* You can print your cover on one kind of paper/printer and the body of your book on another (i.e. a color cover w/ b&w text inside )

File Preparation: Single pages (NOT spreads). The # of pages must be divisible by 4.
File Type:  PDF


 Turnaround:  24 Hours: The volume of booklets and any finishing requests may increase the turnaround time. 


For more specific information on file preparation and prices, download our Everything You Need to Know About Saddle Stitch Guide.


Spiral/Wire-O Binding


What is Spiral Binding?
Spiral Binding, also known as Coil binding, is a commonly used book binding style for documents. Spiral Binding uses a coil that is fed through small holes punched in the pages and cover of the book. The spiral coil holds the pages and cover as an assembly yet still allows them to open freely. In fact, one of the primary user benefits of a spiral bound book is that the pages can be opened a full 360 degrees (cover to cover). This allows an open book to fold back upon itself and yet still remain flat, so it stays open for easy reference and yet takes up minimal room on a desk or table.

Wire Length:  Max 11″
Wire Type: We offer the Wire-O type and Spiral types of binding.

For Wire-O: Uses a twin loop system. We have a number of color choices. Please stop in to see our samples before ordering. Black, white, red, green, blue, silver and gold. 

Spiral: Our plastic spirals are available in 10 colors. Yellow, Fuschia, Reflex Blue, Clear, Mint Green, Teal, Orange, White, Black and Red.

# of Pages: Max 100


  Turnaround

24 Hours Depending on the volume of booklets and any finishing you are requesting the turnaround may increase. If you have a deadline you are hoping to meet with a large personal or departmental order please contact before submitting so we can determine a timeline for your job. 


Binding Only: $4.00
Binding w/ Cardstock Covers: $3.50
Binding w/ Clear Covers Only: $4.00
Binding w/ Clear Cover and Cardstock Back: $4.50


Perfect Binding


What is Perfect Binding?
Perfect Binding is a form of bookbinding in which the books pages are bound by gluing single sheets rather than by sewing or stapling. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed to give them clean “perfect” edges.

Perfect bound books look clean and professional. Ideal for show catalogs, portfolios, photo albums, small run comics, and self published artists books.

Size: Any size you want, so long as the page and crop marks fit onto a 13″x19″ piece of paper.

Most books are 8″x10″ or smaller. Anything larger will take longer and cost more. See the Oversized Books, Inkjet Covers, and Lamination section below. 

Paper: Hammermill Bond or Sterling Gloss Text for the body; Hammermill Cardstock, Sterling Gloss Cover.
You can supply your own paper or prints as well, but some papers won’t work in our printers or binder, so check with the Bureau Staff first.

If you’re getting more than 20 books, please speak with a Technician before placing your order. Unfortunately, the binding process here at the Service Bureau is all by hand which takes a considerable amount of production time and pulls staff away from their other duties. For this reason, we reserve the right to deny certain amounts for Perfect Binding requests.


  Turnaround

Perfect Bound books take 9 days, with a proof in 3 days and the finished book(s) 6 days after that, not including weekends. If you do not want a proof, your book(s) will still take 6 days.
WITH A PROOF AND PRODUCTION TIME = 9 DAYS.

Perfect Bound Books take 6 business days to complete, whether you’re getting 1 or 50. This does not include a proof book.

If you’re getting more than 20 books, please speak with a Technician before placing your order. Unfortunately, the binding process here at the Service Bureau is all by hand which takes a considerable amount of production time and pulls staff away from their other duties. For this reason, we reserve the right to deny certain amounts for Perfect Binding requests.


  Submission Guidelines


Digital Files
We recommend using Adobe InDesign to build your file. We have a number of tutorials on our website on our Resources page to assist you. 

2 separate files – a file for the cover, and a file for the body of the book. Both files need crop marks and bleed marks.
The body of your book must be single pages, not spreads.

File Format
All files must be exported and submitted as PDF.

Proofs
We highly recommend getting a proof of your book. Proofs take 3 days. The rest of the books are finished 6 days after you approve the proof. Proofs are 1/2 price if you approve the order, full price if you decide to cancel. Proofs are labeled with a sticker on the insider cover.

Spine Calculator: Refer to the table to estimate how wide the spine will be. If you want text on your spine, be sure to make it small enough to fit. *We highly recommend a proof when using text on the spine. 


For more specific information on file layout, submission guidelines, set-up and prices, download our Everything You Need To Know About Perfect Binding Guide.



  Pricing


For books 8″x10″ portrait or smaller, NO Inkjet cover, NO lamination. Anything else see Oversized Books, Inkjet Covers, and Lamination

# of sheetsprice/sheetBinding FeeCover Fee
10-20$.30$5$2
21-40$.29$5$2
41-60$.27$5$2
61-80$.26$5$2
81-100$.24$5$2
101-120$.23$5$2
120-150$.22$5$2
151+$.21$5$2

For runs larger than 25 books please email us at servicebureau@saic.edu to discuss.

If you’re getting more than 20 books, please speak with a Technician before placing your order. Unfortunately, the binding process here at the Service Bureau is all by hand which takes a considerable amount of production time and pulls staff away from their other duties. For this reason, we reserve the right to deny certain amounts for Perfect Binding requests.

 


Oversized Books, Inkjet Covers, and Lamination

If you are thinking about printing a large book, or adding finishing touches like lamination to your book, here is some information you need to know. 


Oversized Books

Cover :You can supply your own cover or get an Inkjet Cover made. ( See Books with Inkjet Covers. )
Paper :Hammermill Bond for books larger than 11″x17″.
Turnaround: 6 days – Only applies if you supply your own cover.
Size: An Oversized Book is anything larger than 8″x10″. The biggest we can print is 12″x18″.
Price: Price per page doubles for Large books.

Books with Inkjet Covers

Paper: All Inkjet Papers are available *** Recommended Epson Enhanced Matte
*** When deciding on a paper, remember if you are laminating your cover (highly recommended) the surface of the paper does not matter.
Prices:  Instead of the $2.00 cover fee, normal inkjet printing prices are added to the cost of the book. For more on inkjet printing prices see Inkjet Printing.
Turnaround: 8 Days

Lamination: Recommended for Inkjet Covers, available for all paper and sizes.

Types:  Glossy or Matte
Benefits:   Laminating your cover protects it from general wear and gives the book a professional look. Highly recommended for Inkjet covers, which are more likely to scratch.
Prices:  Adds $5.00