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Binding & Booklets

binding types

Spiral bind

Better known as plastic coil binding it is a modern and durable book binding method that uses a continuous spiraled coil that is spun through several closely-spaced holes along the outer edge of the pages.  This style of binding allows for the book to lie flat and can be opened such that the covers touch without an obstructive body along the spine like comb binding

Comb bind

Often referred to as “cerlox or surelox binding” is one of the many ways to bind pages together into a book.  This method uses round plastic spines with 19 rings and a hole puncher that makes rectangular holes along the outer edge of the pages.  The rings on the spine are opened and inserted into the holes in the pages, then rest against the body of the spine, resulting in a closure that can be opened again for making changes to the book.  With this bind, the book lies flat but cannot be opened 360 degrees.

Tape bind

This style of binding uses a cloth strip backed up with an adhesive thermal glue that adheres the edge of the pages through a heating process.  The end product looks much like a soft bound book.

Booklet bind (saddle-stitch)

The digital printer/copiers at each of our two locations have the ability to convert your document into a booklet.  The software associated with our print drivers allows us to arrange the pages in booklet format, print them, fold them, saddle-stitch staple and face trim all on line.  With our post insertion module we can add pre-printed covers or a different outer cover stock on the fly to be collated with the body prior to the finishing process.  A booklet can be run on letter, legal or tabloid size paper with the finished size being half the size of the original paper being used.  It is important to create your document pages in the size of the finished booklet.  For example; if the paper being printed on is letter size then the finished size will be statement, 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches and so on.  For best results, documents should be created with the number of pages divisible by four unless blank pages are intended within the booklet once finished.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions before you start creating your document to be sure we are on the same page. The basic cost associated with booklets is as follows other than the printing.

Set up charge:                         $5.00

Folding:                                    $0.015/sheet folded with a $10.00 minimum

Stapling:                                   $0.03/staple (2 staples/booklet)

Printing:                                    Varies, based on the paper chosen and number of pages.

Trimming setup:                        $15.00

Face trim:                                 $0.10/booklet

Send your originals in the same size that you’d like the finished booklet to be. Options include:

  • 5.5″ x 8.5″ (printed on 8.5″x 11″ and folded in half)
  • 7″ x 8.5″ (printed on 8.5″ x 14″ and folded)
  • 8.5″ x 11″ (printed on 11″ x 17″ and folded)

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Need a verbal or written quote for your personal or departmental print/copy job? We’d love to help, email or call us with the job specifications and we’ll get you the information you need.

Phone: 509-335-1647
Email: color@wsu.edu

Binding sizes & pricing

Coil

Size range: 6mm-50mm
Price range: $1.75-$5.25

Comb

Size range: 1/4″ – 2″
Price range: $1.75 – $2.75

Tape

Size range: 1- 450 sheets of paper
Price range: $2.00-$2.50

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