Wire Bound Books, Booklets & Brochures Printing

Wire bound booklets are hardwearing, making them perfect for everyday use. Choose from a simple cover-only design or have something different printed on every page! Spiral bound booklets come in a range of sizes and paper weights, so you can choose exactly what you need, from a small jotter right through to an A4 gloss-finished booklet.

Wire bound booklets can double up as a clever marketing solution, offering the opportunity for potential customers and partners to see your branding every day. Making these personalised booklets an ideal marketing investment for any business. Start by choosing your booklet size below, selecting your paper types and quantity, and then uploading your artwork!

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What Is a Wire Bound Book?

The term book and booklet is interchangeable depending on the use case for the finished product. Wire bound books employ a spiral wire coil that is passed through a series of perforated holes along the spine of the book. If you’re in search of a book that offers flexibility and durability, wire bound is the perfect choice. Incredibly hardwearing wire bound books are perfect for everyday use.

This binding technique is an ideal option for notebooks, calendars, manuals or any projects or campaigns you know are likely to be flipped through often. Offering a full 360-degree rotation with lay flat qualities, wire binding can help you create an accessible and user-friendly piece of print. An incredibly clever marketing solution, our wire bound books can be personalised to suit your brand and customers'needs. Choose from a range of sizes, stocks, lamination and pagination and build a wire book that you can be confident will stand the test of time.

What Machines Are Wire Books Printed On?

Landa S10P / HP Indigo 100k
When printing wire bound books, we’ll use either the Landa or one of our three HP Indigo digital presses! 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. If you choose shorter runs the Indigo 100k will make light work of your print, achieving some of best digital print possible.

Renz AP360 Punch Wiro
Pre-collated and trimmed pages for multiple jobs can be loaded into our Renz AP360 at once. The die (a template that shows us where holes need to be made) is adjusted to the correct size and then pages are fed through to be punched.

Renz ABL 500 Wiro Binder
Our Renz Wiro binder keeps our factory efficient and our printing process smooth. Our operators need only place the collated pages on the machine and it will automatically thread wire through the punched holes!

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 Wire Bound Booklet?

Wire bound, or wiro bound, booklets are made by binding pages together with a silver-coloured coil. First of all, single pages are stacked up, then holes are punched into the pages down the binding edge. We’ll then feed a silver coloured wire through the holes.

You can choose to bind the long edge or the short edge, which will create a portrait or landscape booklet respectively.

Because of their sturdy wire, wire bound booklets are a popular option for long-life books like manuals, reports and reference materials. As the wire allows you to lay the booklet completely flat, they’re also great for instructional documents.

How to Make Your Own Wire Bound Booklet

Designing your own wire bound booklet but not sure where to start? Whether you’re a design newbie making a booklet on Word or an expert looking for best practice on designing for print, we’ve got a step-by-step instructional guide for every ability and preferred design programme. Check out the full how-to, including how to make space for the wire binding, here.

Do I Need to Pay VAT on Wire Bound Booklets?

If you have designed a booklet to be written in, for example an activity or training manual, your wire bound books will be vatable. Otherwise, wire bound book printing is usually VAT free. When your artwork is going through our 10 point check system, we’ll be able to identify if you need to pay VAT or not. We’ll get in touch with you explaining exactly what steps you need to take next if your booklet design is vatable, so there’s no need to worry.

If you’d like to assess for yourself, please click here to view the government’s guidance.

4 Most Popular Uses of Wire Bound Booklets

1) Instructional Books & Manuals

If you’re looking for a sturdy book for training or product manuals, wiro bound books are a great choice. Their wire coil makes it easy to lay them completely flat, which means instructions across multiple pages are easy to follow and refer back to.

2) Presentation Documents

This wire binding also makes them one of the easiest booklets to digest during a meeting – you can flip the pages a full 180° around the coil so it’s easy to save your place in the book. Print your own A4 wire bound booklets for the perfect presentation handout.

3) Activity Books

The ability to lay your spiral bound booklet out flat also makes them a fantastic option for activity books where the activities run across consecutive pages. From training and presentation activities to the ever-popular colouring and puzzle books, it’s easy to create your own.

4) Reports

Wire bound books are a classic tool for displaying and communicating sales reports. Print out your own A5 booklets for a handy report you and your colleagues can keep in your drawer.

Our Top 3 Wire 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) Remember to Add Bleed

To help keep your bound document looking its best, add a 3mm bleed area around the outside of your wire bound booklet design.

2) Make Way for the Wire!

As well as a standard 3mm safety area within the borders of your design, you’ll need an additional 9mm on the binding side to allow for the punched holes and wire.

3) Spreads or Pages?

Please set your booklet artwork up as separate pages in reading order in one document to send to us.

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 pa@instantprint.co.uk.

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 artwork@instantprint.co.uk , 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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We use FSC Mix and FSC Recycled for all of our prints, which are the most sustainable options.
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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!

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