Binding

Binding is quite literally what brings your designs together. No matter what you print with us, we have an option for every kind of project.

 

Saddle-stitched binding (staple)

Saddle stitch binding is a popular and affordable method commonly used for Comic BooksBrochures and other items with low page counts. We slot folded printed sheets inside each other, and at the fold line, we secure them from the outside with metal staples. 

 

Important page setup information

AreaMeasurement
Bleed3mm
Quiet area (binding edge)5mm
Quiet area (other edges)5mm
Staple bound booklet
 

Perfect bound (PUR)

Paperback Books and Magazines are usually perfect bound. This option is available when you select a certain number of pages or reach a particular paper density. It's ideal for reinforcing your inner pages as they are glued together and attached to the spine before the cover is added.

If you choose this binding method, you can print a spine. We calculate the spine length for you, and you can find it in your Shopping Cart. If you choose not to supply a spine print file, it will appear white and left blank in print and in the previews.

One difference you should be aware of is PUR bound items. This binding type is more hard-wearing than standard Perfect Binding. The difference is in the adhesive – Perfect binding uses Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA), an efficient and fast-setting adhesive. In contrast, PUR uses Polyurethane Reactive (PUR), which provides greater flexibility, and makes it tougher to pull pages out from your book. 

 

Important page setup information

AreaMeasurement
Bleed3mm
Quiet area (binding edge)12mm
Quiet area (other edges)5mm

 

Booklets with PUR binding
 

Wiro bound

For wiro binding, we punch holes along one side of your printed pages before fastening them with coated, metal coil binding. This option is a popular choice for Booklets and Wall Calendars. The main advantage of wiro binding is that your prints will lie flat when opened or can easily fold back on themselves. 

 

Important page setup information

AreaMeasurement
Bleed3mm
Quiet area (binding edge)20mm
Quiet area (other edges)5mm
Wiro bound booklet
 

Loop bound

Loop binding is helpful if you want to collate and store documents in a ring binder or lever arch file. Made from wire similar to the type for our Wiro Booklets, you can use loop binding for training manuals, company Catalogues and annual reports, making paperwork easy to organise.

 

Important page setup information

AreaMeasurement
Bleed3mm
Quiet area (binding edge)5mm
Quiet area (other edges)5mm
Loop bound booklet
 

Hardcover (Casebound)

Hardcover Bookbinding, or Casebound Bookbinding, is used on books with higher page counts to ensure they're durable. The cover is a non-flexible cover supported by a backboard, making it incredibly sturdy.

When ordering a Hardcover Book, note that the artwork setup is different from our other products. Most covers need four-page design files (front page, inside front page, back page, and inside back page). But Hardcovers only need a front cover, back cover and a spine.

Thread-sewn binding is also available. Besides glueing your pages together, thread-sewn binding adds extra strength to your book. Mixam uses Smyth Sewing, whereby groups of pages are stitched together with a binder thread. The sewing allows books to lay flat when open.

 

Important page setup information

Interior pages
AreaMeasurement
Bleed3mm
Quiet area (binding edge)12mm
Quiet area (other edges)5mm
Cover
AreaMeasurement
Bleed20mm
Quiet area (binding edge)12mm
Quiet area (other edges)5mm
Case bound book