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What is a Spiral Bound Book?

by Rahul
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Spiral-bound books are suitable for individuals, small businesses as well as any entity requiring major printing jobs for their business.

In fact, any printed material from brochures to reports to manuals is suitable for spiral binding.

Spiral binding is one of the many ways you can bind pages and a cover to create a book, manual, or brochure.

The process gets its name from the plastic spiral coil that is inserted into the pages to hold them together. While it is not the most attractive book binding option, it has some advantages over saddle stitch and perfect bind, that appeal to companies and independent authors.

Small holes are punched through the cover and the pages, and a wire or plastic coil is then inserted through the holes so that the pages and cover are combined into an easy-opening book.

The fact that you can open a book flat on a desk without bending the pages or the book springing closed is one of the features that companies prefer for reports and sales materials. It makes it easy to present information and provides a stable and easily referenced package for both internal and external printed material and reports.

The Advantages of Spiral Bound Books

Spiral Binding Looks Great 

You may have wondered, “what is a Spiral-bound book?” 

Well, it has a clean, professional look that is perfect for just about any document. Whether you are binding a company financial report, a sales brochure, a manual, a cookery book, or any form of notebook or small customized notepad, the use of spiral binding will give a finished, professional look to the document.

Spiral-bound Books Lie Flat

Due to the design of the plastic spiral, the cover and the internal pages can rotate through 360°. This ensures that the cover and pages do not bend or deform in any way. No matter how thick the document is, the spiral-bound pages will always lie flat. This makes it very easy to present information at seminars and meetings. It’s easier to read than trying to bend the pages and hold them in place. This is especially true when taking notes.

It Doesn’t Matter How Many Pages You Need to Bind

You can bind a few pages together using a very thin coil or you can create a thick document with hundreds of pages using a larger coil. The Spiral-bound book will still retain all of its positive qualities no matter how many pages you put together.

Unlike the other binding methods we employ, spiral-bound books can stretch from as few as 8 pages all the way to a book that is 2¾ inches thick.

The saddle stitch method is limited to between 8-92 pages, while perfect binding can only accommodate 28 pages to a book 2 inches thick.

Perfect Registration

Spiral-bound documents have perfect registration. This means that the pages will line up perfectly with each other when they are folded over. Rotate the cover and the pages through 360° and all the pages and cover will still be aligned with each other, rather than being offset.

It’s Quick and Easy to Bind Your Documents

Due to the ease with which the pages can be punched and bound, this method of binding is suitable for both long and short-run books. With no need for glues, signatures, or a long preparation time, it’s a cost-effective method to bind books, reports, and documents. 

Despite all the positive aspects of spiral binding, there are a few negatives that you need to know about.

The Disadvantages of Spiral Binding

The Plastic Coils Are Easily Damaged

The spirals or coils used to bind the documents can be damaged. As the coil is made of plastic, it can bend. At first, this seems like a small matter, but the pages will not turn as easily if the plastic is crimped. It’s then impossible to bend the coil back into shape. The plastic coils can also tear, and this will end up damaging the cover and the pages.

Book Pages Can Tear Out

If the book is dropped, the pages can tear out and you cannot then re-insert the page. A new page must be printed, and the coil must be removed before reinserting the page and rebinding.

Spiral-bound Books Cost a Little Extra

Due to their higher quality and the advantages mentioned above, spiral-bound books can cost a little more than some of the cheaper alternatives.

How Spiral-bound Books are Put Together

Before starting on your spiral binding, we need to know its size, the number of books you need bound, how many pages there are in each book, the type, and quality of ink and paper you require, as well as the final finish.

The cost of producing your book will be a lot cheaper if it is already prepared in pdf format.

Before printing and binding your book, you’ll have to approve the proof which is sent to you. You will obviously have the opportunity to make changes before the proof is signed off and made ready for printing and binding. 

Once the proof is accepted, the printing and binding process can start.

The pages as well as the cover are printed before being cut down to the required size. Then the pages are punched with appropriately sized holes. The bindery team is tasked with inserting the coils into the holes and then completing the books by adding the cover.

Once they’re all done, the books are shrink-wrapped and made ready for delivery.

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Contact us today to how we can help you get the most out of spiral binding your printed material. We can assist you with submitting files for pricing or we can offer you our full design service.

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