Everything You Need to Know About Saddle Stitch Books Guide 


Digital Storefront Submission Guideline: Saddle Stitch 


Service Bureau Print Driver & Full Bleed Setup Guide- MUST BE DOWNLOADED & USED FOR FULL BLEED BOOKS 

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. When submitting your order online you will be able to select different papers for the body and cover.


Saddle stitch books are printed on the Laser printers, paper samples are available outside the Service Bureau (Sharp 1111)
Standard sizes available in most media.
5.5″x 8.5″, 8.5″x 11″, 11″x 17″

Larger sizes are available for specific media only. (Hammermill, Neenah Solar White, Futura Gloss and French Paper)
12” x 18”, 12.5″x 19″, 13”x 19” ( Hammermill Only)


Take note of what paper size your document will be printed on during the initial document setup. If your document is full bleed the bleed and crop marks will add about 0.5″ to the page dimensions and you will likely have to choose the next larger sheet size when ordering (8.5×11″ Full Bleed books are print on 12×18″ paper)


Your InDesign document should have the same number of pages as what is being ordered. So, if you are ordering a 16-page booklet, then your document should also contain 16 pages. The page count must be divisible by 4 or the imposition software will place blank pages.

The first two pages and the last two pages of your document will be your booklet cover. If you do not wish to have any printing on the inside covers of your booklet, then simply make those pages blank pages in your document.


Full Bleed books must be saved using the Print Booklet Process, the Service Bureau Print driver must be downloaded first (see link above).


You can order your books ‘Folded But Not Stapled’ if you want to bind yourself or add additional pages.


If you want multiple page sizes of medias you will need submit them as separate orders, upon completion you will collate and bind yourself. If you are binding yourself we can trim down books once bound, please email us for instructions.


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File Preparation

File Type: PDF (Click for PDF Settings)

Page Limit: Approximately 40 pages


Standard Sizes with No Cutting/No Bleeds/Not Borderless

Single pages: You do not have to paginate (impose) your booklet, or to lay it out in spreads if your booklet doesn’t requires cutting. Our printing software will handle all page ordering and imposition.

Set up the document size of your document to be the final size of your booklet.

For example, if you are ordering a 5.5×8.5” booklet, saddle stitched, then setup your pages to be 5.5×8.5” each, do not setup your pages 2-up on an 8.5×11“ sheet. If you want your finished booklet to have 16 pages, then your document should also have 16 pages.


Borderless Booklets or Non Standard Size to be Cut Down: Print Booklet Export Process

If your booklet requires trimming because it has a full bleed or it ends up being a specific size that is smaller than the sheet it is printed on then you will need to do one extra step before when exporting your document.


Our laser printers are unable to print full bleed so will automatically leave a 1/8″ white edge or border around the pages of your booklet. If you do not what the white edge you will need to set up your file so that it can be cut down after printing.

See our page on Borders and Bleeds to learn more about setting up InDesign for bleeds.

If you have artwork that bleeds to the edge of the printed page and you want us to trim down the excess, then you need to make your sheet size large enough to include crop marks and bleed.

For example, if your finished size is 5.5″x8.5″, the document page size might be 6.5×9.5 to include both bleeds and crops. This will also mean that we will need to print your booklet on a larger sheet than 8.5″x11″ to accommodate the cut marks. This will affect your price since the booklet will be printed on larger paper and cutting charges will be added to the total.

Professional page layout software such as Adobe InDesign has built in ways to do this for you.

The Print Booklet feature allows you to impose your document to include the bleed needed for borderless images, it also allows the larger paper size available in the Service Bureau Print Driver to be used.

Step by step instructions of how to export your files are available in our Everything You Need to Know About Saddle Stitch guide.

Download various templates to help you get started here.



Standard turnaround is 24 hours. There are no Rush options for Laser jobs.

We do not do “proofs” before running larger jobs. If you are running a large job and want to see a proof, turn in a job for only 1 copy of your document. This will be completed in 24 hours. Once you are satisfied with the outcome you will then turn in the final order for the number of copies you want.

   Order Submission

Saddle stitch book orders are submitted through the Digital Storefront. 

You have a few variations to choose from for folding, stapling and finishing.

  • You can have us print without folding or stapling. This means you will be folding and stapling yourself.
  • You can do the half fold with no stapling.
  • You can have us fold, staple and cut. We will only cut booklets if ordered in quantities over 5.


Page Count Limitations

Paper thickness affects the thickness of the booklet and therefore Saddle Stitched Booklets may have page count limits. Depending on number of pages in the booklet, the paper choices for the cover and interior pages you may find that the booklet is unable to be stapled or close when laying on the table. 

Please discuss with a technician or student worker at the counter if you are considering printing a saddle stitch book with more than 40 pages. We can advise on paper selection to minimize the issues once printed and to make sure the booklet will be able to be stapled in the machine.

All jobs will be quoted in the Digital Storefront before submitting. 

Saddle stitch books are priced the same as Laser printing. Due to the way saddle stitch books are constructed, 2 pages of your file will fit on each spread. So, if your document is 8.5×11″ and has 32 pages, you will be charged for 16 11×17″ spreads (Which will be printed double sided on 8 sheets of papers). This is because we charge based on the each printed side, not per sheet of paper. 


*Prices per printed side
See samples on their website : https://www.frenchpaper.com