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. Its popularity is largely down to two things: it’s really fast, and it’s cost-effective!
How to Make a Stapled Booklet
Whether you’re looking to print a booklet in word or want to know best practice for designing a booklet in InDesign, our how-to instructions show you how to set your artwork up in easy steps. Find our full set up instructions for stapled booklet printing here.
You can choose from a range of paper types to make a booklet to suit your budget.
How Are Stapled Booklets Made?
We think the secret to 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! Watch the full video here.
Top 4 Stapled Booklet Uses
After some print inspiration? There are loads of different ways 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 printed books!
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 in your reception area.
For a silky branded magazine, choose our thin, 115gsm silk paper. Go with a classic A4 size or something a littler 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 make the colours pop and keep the inside pages at a classic 150gsm silk for a premium feel that won’t break the bank. Print your own 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 booklet printing 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 cover type 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 books are a fantastic 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 Booklet Design Tips from Our Studio Team
When designing your own stapled booklet, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind:
1) Setting Up Your Pages
Please set your artwork up as separate pages (not spreads) in reading order – 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.