How a Stapled Book Is Made

How a Stapled Book Is Made

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08 Dec 2023

What Are Stapled Books?

Stapled books are bound using a simple and effective binding method whereby the pages are secured using lightweight and discreet staples along the book's spine. Bound using staples, stapled booklets are suited to smaller and shorter publications.

Our range of stapled books are ideal for creating cost-effective and smaller books, magazines, catalogues and brochures. With an option for fewer pages than our other book binding methods, stapled booklets are the perfect choice for businesses who are looking to create a quality book but with a budget in mind.

The flexible and thin nature of stapled binding ensures that the book is able to open and lay flatter compared to other binding methods such as perfect bound. Lightweight and compact, stapled booklets are the perfect choice for businesses looking to easily share and distribute their book material.


How Are Stapled Books Printed?

Our stapled books require a keen eye for detail which is where our team of book binding experts come in. On hand to distil their years of printing experience into your next project, our team are dedicated to perfecting your stapled book’s finish.


Step 1: Printing

At instantprint, we understand that booklets are complex, requiring true attention to detail. Before sending to print, our skilled team will get to know your artwork, checking the specifications in detail and preparing your file for print.

Your design will be sent down to our factory where our experienced operators will begin printing your design onto your chosen paper stock.

Any lamination, foiling or Spot UV will also be added and printed on your book’s cover.


Step 2: Trimming

Once the pages have been printed they are guillotined to ensure the final pages are neat and consistent before the holes are added.


Step 3: Folding and Gathering

When your design has been trimmed, the single sheets and covers will be collated ready to be bound.

When printing a stapled book, the interior pages are imposed in multiples of four which is why, on our website, you’ll find that the number of printed pages you can choose from goes up in multiples of four.

Your artwork is printed on one big sheet of paper. When we print in 4-page signatures it means that consecutively, 2 pages of your artwork are printed on one side and another 2 on the other. The final printed pages are gathered and collated using our Horizon Stitchliner where the pages are ordered before being folded and stapled.

A signature is a configuration printers use to lay out a book’s pages on a press sheet so that after folding they are in the correct order. A press sheet refers to the full-size sheet that is fed into our printers where multiple designs or jobs are printed before being folded or cut. Signatures are for inner pages and only takes into consideration your book cover if your book is self-cover (same stock on inners as covers).

A 36pp stapled book has 32 inside pages, so we would print and fold eight 4-page signatures, which will be bound to create one 32-page book block and then wrapped in a cover to achieve a 36pp book.

All these folded signatures are then gathered in order, ready to be bound together. 


Step 4: Stapling

Carried out by our industry-leading Horizon StitchLiners, the 4-page sections are fed into the machine before being knocked up the machine’s accumulator before being stitched using staples. The collated pages are bound together using staples which run across the book’s spine. The staples are inserted into the spine of the book to bind the page, passing through the folded crease from the outside before being clinched shut in the centremost pages.


Step 5: Trimming

Once the book is stapled, it’s then trimmed along three sides to ensure the final pages are neat and consistent. Our Horizon Variable Trimmer HT 1000V trims off any excess paper where necessary.


Step 6: Final Checks
Once complete, our expert team will take time to check over your finished product to make sure it meets our high standards. Your booklets will then be sent to our dispatch team who will carefully package your print ready to be collected by our couriers and shipped to your business.


What Machines Are Stapled Books Printed On?

Landa S10P

When printing wire bound books, we’ll use the Landa! We’re the proud owners of the UK’s first nanographic press – a new printing technology that is set to revolutionise our industry. The Landa helps us combine the methodology of lithographic offset printing with a digital operating system, which means your print gets the best of both worlds.


Horizon StitchLiners

Our stapled books are bound on our Horizon SitchLiners. All StitchLiners start with their collation towers, where 4-page sections are fed into the machine before being knocked up the machine’s accumulator before being stitched using staples.


Horizon HT1000V Bound Trimmer

After binding, our Horizon Variable Trimmer HT 1000V is attached inline to take our stapled books and trim off the excess. For our stapled book binding department, it has to be a Horizon Variable Three-Knife Trimmer. This trimmer works in line with our Horizon StitchLiners. Simply by scanning the bar code on a book’s cover, the trimmer can program itself to the required finished size, without the need for operator input.


In Conclusion

Stapled books are the go-to choice for businesses looking to create small and simple yet effective and impactful publications. Featuring almost lay flat qualities and a lightweight finish, stapled books are ideal if you’re looking for a book that’s easy to distribute and hand out.


About the Author

Hi, I’m Ally and I’m instantprint’s PR Lead. I enjoy writing content to help small businesses succeed and inspire them to get creative with their print marketing.