Binding and printing booklets


Printed booklets are bound as:

  • Saddle stitched
  • Coil bound
  • Perfect bound

Saddle stitching uses 2 staples to bind the pages along hte spine, and is great for self - covered booklets. 

Saddle stitiching can be used where the bookklet and cover are made of the same stock, or where the cover is thicker stock. 

Coil bound booklets have a wire or plastic loop connect the pages through punched holes. 

Margins in books which are coild bound need to be wide enough to allow for the holes to be punched through. 

* Coil bound booklets are finished with a plastic front and back cover which make them durable. Coil bound finishing is great for user manuals / training guides.

* Perfect Bound finishing  looks professional, but might be more expensive. The pages are glued along a rectangular spine with a book glue which flexible and strong. 

* Books which generally use a perfect bound finishing method is reading novels, textbooks and catalogues. 

Which font to use when designing a booklet for printing:

  • Font size is crucial as it makes the printed booklet more / less usable
  • When designing an A5 booklet for printing, Font size should not go under 12. Smaller than this makes the writing too small to read
  • Use simple to read fonts eg Arial
  • Fancy fonts might seem pleasant to look at, but make writing in a smaller space more difficult. 
  • Use Heading 1 size with between 30 and 40 (found in the menu on the top left of the page)
  • Heading 2 size should range slightly smaller than heading 1, between 18 - 24
  • Bold the headings
  • Create clear page numbers by using the insert tab
  • Page numbering can be at the top or bottom of the page
  • Make a smaller footer space of 1cm - 1.5 cm

What type of paper must I choose to print a catalogue booklet?

Glossy thick paper improves the look of the images, products and instantly attracts the customer inviting them to read the content. 

What type of paper must I choose to print a book / novel?

Matt paper is more realistic for a book / novel, it is better priced and the matt surface is softer on the eyes for long term reading

* Advantages of choosing glossy paper:  

  • Improves the picture quality, images retain their depth, sharpness and tone quality
  • Paper that is printed on can be gloss or matt
  • Gloss tends to be used for catalogues, magazines and advertising materials. Gloss paper could be seen as professional

Disadvantages of using glossy paper:

  • Glossy paper cannot be recycled
  • More expensive than matt /dull

* Advantages of matt paper:

Can be used to write on for work books, practical manuals

For booklets used for stories, user manuals, practical booklets and learning material

+ Disadvantages of using matt paper to print on:

  • Breaks more easily
  • Sensitive to moisture
  • Not as glamarous as glossy paper
  • Pictures might not show up as clear on matt / dull paper


Thickness of the paper to be printed on:

  • Booklets printed for advertising is generally thicker. Catalogues are printed on sturdy paper, 
  • Text books, user manuals and training guides are printed on thicker paper


For a booklet printing shop in Johannesburg, contact Fourways Minuteman Press for a quote:+27 (0) 11 658 1580

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