Stapled Booklets & Brochure Printing

Whether you’re creating a classy cocktail list for your bar, a product brochure for your kitchen or bathroom company or a price list for your store, a stapled booklet or brochure from instantprint will keep that all important information bound together in one place.

Easily create a professional publication with our stapled booklets that combine quality printing and a sophisticated finish. Choose from classic A4, A5 & A6 sizes, or for a more modern and intriguing finish why not opt for our unique square stapled brochures and catalogues?

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What Is a Stapled Book?

The term book and booklet is interchangeable depending on the use case for the finished product. 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 the full range of run lengths, from short to long, with a lower page count that perfect bound, for example.

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.

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 barcode on a book’s cover, the trimmer can program itself to the required finished size, without the need for operator input.

Why Choose instantprint

Quality Assured

Utilising Indigo, Heidelberg, Truepress and Landa print presses, our world class print capabilities mean your product is guaranteed to be of the highest possible quality . To make things hassle-free, our client services teams are targeted on resolving your query on first contact.

Expert Book Makers

Our 150,000sq ft print facility is coupled with a team of project managers who ensure your print project is monitored from start to finish . We guide your order through the facility and can offer advice at various stages.

Recent Upgrades

We listen to feedback and make any and all necessary improvements to our product offering. Over the years we've significantly improved the durability of the binding , perfected our page matching process and sharpened our cutting techniques .

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a stapled booklet?

Stapled booklets are often also called saddle stitched booklets. Saddle stitch binding is a really popular method where printed pages are folded, gathered together and then stitched up the fold line with a sturdy metal staple. The popularity of this technique is largely down to two things: they’re really fast to produce, and are cost effective! Stapled booklets are a sure fire way of keeping all the information you are printing together in one place.

How do I make a stapled booklet

Whether you’re designing the artwork yourself or are instructing your in-house design team, making a stapled booklet is simple and straightforward. You can create your stapled book print in Microsoft Word or, if you have access to professional design applications like Photoshop or InDesign, our how-to instructions will show you how to set your artwork up in easy steps.

Find our full set up instructions for stapled booklet printing here .

What paper types can I choose?

You can choose from a range of paper types to make a booklet to suit your budget. There’s high quality 150gsm silk paper available, or 120gsm uncoated paper for a writable finish. You can also pick from a self cover (which is the same as your inner pages) or a 250gsm thick cover; perfect if you’re printing professional stapled brochures to hand out to clients – these will really put the icing on the cake!

How are stapled brochures created?

We think the secret to our high-quality stapled brochure and booklet printing and binding service is using the best machinery for the job! That’s why we print and make all of our booklets in our state-of-the-art facility.

The booklets’ inside pages are printed out on our high-speed ink jet printers (Truepress Jet 520HDs), and the book covers are printed on our iGen press or Heidelberg. These are then stitched together by our Horizon StitchLiners for binding.

Call us biased, but watching these machines in action is an incredible sight! You can watch a full video of the magic happening here .

What can I use my stapled booklet printing for?

After some printspiration? There are loads of different ways in which you can use stapled booklets for your marketing. Here are the most popular ways to use them – but you can be as creative as you like with your own!

1) Magazines and Newsletters

Sending out a magazine or newsletter to your customers is a great way to keep them in the loop about any upcoming product launches, offers and industry news. You can mail them out, leave them in your waiting room or even pile them on a coffee table in your café or reception area.

For a silky branded magazine, choose our thin, 115gsm silk paper. Opt for the classic A4 size or something a little quirkier like a 210mm square magazine.

2) Theatre Programmes

With a thicker stock, you can give your theatre audience a taste a luxury at your next big production. Add a glossy cover to a 250gsm silk stock to make the colours pop, and keep the inside pages at 150gsm silk for a premium feel that won’t break the bank. Print your theatre programmes on A5 – the perfect size for popping into a bag or flicking through during the interval.

3) Guides and Manuals

If you’re offering a product that needs set up or how-to instructions, a stapled booklet is the best option because it’s so affordable. Choose an A6 booklet or a small square one , with 115gsm uncoated inner pages and a self cover for the most cost-effective book printing option.

4) Multi-Page Menus

If you have a huge range of dishes and courses, you need a stapled booklet menu to show them off! Our A4 size is the perfect choice for a main menu, large square books make great dessert menus, and DL size booklets are the perfect choice for a bar menu or drinks list.

Our Top 3 stapled brochure design tips from the experts

Our in-house team really are experts at what they do, so we asked them: “When designing your own stapled booklet, is there anything you should keep in mind?” Here’s what they had to say:

1) Setting Up Your Pages

Please set your artwork up as separate pages (not spreads) in reading order. Remember, your front and back covers are included in the page count.

2) Adding Bleed

For stapled booklet printing, you’ll need 3mm bleed area on each side. Check out our bleed guide for more information on setting this up.

3) Keeping Text Safe

We recommend keeping text away from the fold line in your booklet design, especially body text (the small, main paragraphs of information). The crease can sometimes make this hard to read.

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What is a Perfect Bound Booklet?

Perfect bound booklets are often known as glued because the pages are glued down to the cover at spine. Once the glue has dried, the remaining three sides are trimmed down to size, giving them ‘perfect’ edges. It’s one of the sturdiest booklet binding methods and is known for giving a professional, premium finish, meaning they’re often used for corporate reports, manuals and catalogues.

Paperback books are a common example of perfect bound booklets. Just like them, you’ll be able to choose a thicker paper stock as the cover with a soft-touch or glossy lamination.

A popular book binding glue is PUR, however we use one called EVA because it dries a lot faster, meaning we can produce them a lot more quickly.

To make sure there are enough pages to glue to the spine, the minimum number of printed pages we offer is 40pp.

How to Make a Perfect Bound Booklet

To make your own perfect bound brochure or booklet design, it’s important to think about the spine. No matter your experience or preferred design programme, we’ve created step-by-step instructions to make creating your own perfect bound book design from scratch, including how to set up your pages to include bleed.

Depending on your budget and what you want to use it for, we offer a huge range of paper types for perfect bound brochure printing. You can even add a matt or gloss coated paper to your cover page for a special touch. Matt lamination is a smooth, no-shine finish, whereas gloss gives your paper a high-shine look.

How Are Perfect Bound Booklets Made?

If you’re looking for high quality perfect bound booklet printing right here in the UK, you’ve come to the right place! We print all of our glued booklets using our high-speed ink jet printers (Truepress Jet 520HD) for the inside pages and either our iGen press or Heidelberg for book covers.

We then use a high strength, quick-drying glue called EVA glue to bind these pages and the cover together – also known as perfect binding. Depending on how many pages you supply, your book can have a designable spine. Because of their flat finish, this type of booklet is perfect for stacking as they easily fit together and look effective when set out this way.

Top 4 Most Common Uses for Perfect Bound Booklets

Perfect bound booklets are the best way to show customers you mean big business. If you’re not sure how to best use them for your marketing or what some more creative ideas to spice up your next came here, here are our favourite perfect bound booklet uses.

1) Product Catalogues

We love using perfect bound booklets as product catalogues! Because of their premium look and feel, they help give the products you’re selling an extra edge too. Go square with our 210mm perfect bound booklets or keep it classic with an A5 size.

2) Annual or Quarterly Magazines

If you don’t send out magazines frequently, you can afford to print high quality perfect bound ones. We know your customers will love to keep your branded magazine on their coffee table! A4 is a great size for your new swanky mag.

3) Employee Handbooks

Perfect bound booklets are sturdy and great for long-life usage. That’s why they’re great for employee handbooks or even brand guidelines. A small square perfect bound booklet is the ideal size for your new handbooks!

4) Prospectuses

Print your own prospectus for your college or university with instantprint and you’re sure to impress. With up to 120 pages to design, there’s plenty of room to shout about your courses and facilities. Go for an A5 perfect bound booklet for a student fair handout, or A4 if you’ve got a lot to say.

Our Top Perfect Bound Booklet Design Tips from Our Studio Team

Here are a few top tips and things to keep in mind when designing your own perfect bound booklets:

1) Setting Up Your Pages

Please set your perfect bound booklet artwork pages up as single pages in the same document, rather than spreads (two pages together). If you’re struggling with this, feel free to ask our Personal Artworker team how to do this by emailing

2) Adding Bleed

We recommend adding 3mm bleed area as standard to your perfect bound booklet pages. Read our bleed guide for help with this and a short description of why you need to add bleed area when printing.

3) Keeping Text Safe

As well as a standard 3mm bleed area, we’d also recommend having a 6mm safety zone on the binding edge of your booklet pages and 3mm safety zone on the remaining three edges. This is because there will be a small area of your design that isn’t quite visible once printed due to how it’s glued. Make sure you keep important text away from the binding edge to avoid it being hidden in the fold line.

4) How to Upload Your Artwork

Because of how large perfect bound booklet files are, please use WeTransfer to send us your artwork.

To do this, place a blank order (order your booklets without any artwork) and we’ll send you an email with your web order number. Go to WeTransfer and send your artwork to us at , using the web order number as your subject line. We’ll then triple check that your artwork is set up correctly before sending a proof for you to approve before we send it to print.

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Promote your business sustainably with our print options! Whatever impact you would like to make, we’ve got an option for every occasion and every business. We have the perfect size and paper stock to suit every occasion - no matter the budget you’re working with, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

We only use paper stocks from FSC© certified suppliers
The FSC(Forest Stewardship Council™) are an international organisation dedicated to improving responsible management of the world's forests.
We use the greenest paper options available
We use FSC Mix and FSC Recycled for all of our prints, which are the most sustainable options.
We're Carbon Neutral
We earned our Carbon Neutral certificate in 2021, meaning we reduced our carbon emission as much as possible, then invested in offsets to balance out any leftover emissions.

We're ISO 14001:2015 Certified

We work towards a set of environmental management standards where an external auditor measures our impact on the environment. We then create a plan of action on how to keep reducing the impact every year!

War on Waste Campaign

Our internal War on Waste campaign has been running since 2018, and has seen us change processes to reduce our waste output. We eliminated 100% of waste in our Inkjet stream and are working every day to go further!

Recyclable Packaging
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Plastic Reduction Strategy
10 Point Artwork Check
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