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Saddle Stitched Book

saddle stitch book printingSaddle Stitch/Staple Book Printing Service


Saddle stitch binding is at the central spine of the finished product, binding 2~3 needles or sewing to fix the book pages, and then trimming the edges, complete the form of printed books. Saddle stitch book printing is an affordable and efficient way to produce such a book.  BookPrintingChina with 25+ years of custom high-quality printing experience, help you save more!


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  • A wide range of customized options
  • Professional quality printing
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Saddle stitch binding usually for custom booklet printing, magazine printing, child's book printing, catalogue printing and which less than 60 pages' books.


Paper Stock and Weight

When it comes to creating a professional-looking book, choosing the right paper stock and weight is essential. Custom saddle stitched book printing is a popular and cost-effective way to produce your book. The most common paper stock used for this type of printing is 80-157gsm bond paper. This type of paper provides a smooth finish that will give your book a polished look. While also being available in glossy or matte finishes for an extra touch of professionalism.

For those looking for something more unique,we also provide specialty papers such as uncoated paper, kraft paper, colored paper options which can be used to give your saddle stitched books a truly distinct look and feel. With these materials at your disposal, you have the tools necessary to make sure your book stands out from the crowd.

paper for book printing

To ensure that you get the most out of saddle stitch book printing. It’s important to consider not just what type of paper stock you use but also how much weight it has. In general, heavier weights can create better quality prints. Because they provide greater durability and are less likely to be damaged during shipping or handling. On the other hand, lighter weights can help reduce costs by providing lower shipping costs.

The best option for you will depend on what type of product you’re trying to produce. Whether it's a coloring book or just some simple pamphlets. But with careful consideration of both weight and material you can find the perfect balance between affordability and quality.

Cover paper Interior text paper
  • 157gsm/58 lb glossy cover paper
  • 80gsm/54 lb coated text paper
  • 200gsm/74 lb glossy cover paper
  • 105gsm/71 lb coated text paper
  • 250gsm/92 lb glossy cover paper
  • 128gsm/86 lb coated text paper
  • 300gsm/111 lb glossy cover paper
  • 157gsm/106 lb coated text paper
  • 157gsm/58 lb matte cover paper
  • 80gsm/54 lb uncoated text paper
  • 200gsm/74 lb matte cover paper
  • 100gsm/68 lb uncoated text paper
  • 250gsm/92 lb matte cover paper
  • 120gsm/81 lb uncoated text paper
  • 300gsm/111 lb matte cover paper
  • 140gsm/95 lb uncoated text paper


Saddle Stitch Book Size

custom saddle stitch book printingSaddle stitch book printing is an ideal way to produce a professional-looking book, and popular sizes that are used include 5.5" x 8.5", 8.5 " x 8.5", 6" x 9", A4, A5 and 8.5" x 11".  The most cost-effective option for short-run books is the 5.5" x 8.5” size.  But if you have a longer book or require a larger size, 8.5" x 11” is the best choice for your project.  Additionally, the minimum page count for saddle stitch books is 16 pages, while the maximum page count is 80 pages. But that depends on how thickness of paper you choice. We also accept custom size based on your project.

When deciding on a format for your project, it's important to consider how you want to present your content in relation to the size of your book.  A common error when creating saddle stitched books is cramming too much text into too small of a space.  This can make the text difficult to read and create an unappealing product overall.  On the other hand, having too much blank space can make your book look unfinished or barren.  So be sure to strike a balance between both extremes when designing your layout.

Finally, it's also important to remember that different materials will affect how large or small certain elements appear on the page.  Larger size paper may allow more text onto each page without making it look cramped. While smaller size paper may require fewer words per page in order to maintain legibility and clarity.  Experiment with different size until you find one that works best for your project!  With careful consideration of both size and paper thickness, you can find the perfect balance between affordability and quality. Ensuring that you get a beautiful book that will stand out from the crowd!


Artwork Design Tips

Artwork design is a crucial step in producing a high-quality saddle stitch book. Following are some tips to help you set up high quality artwork for printing.

Vector graphicsVector graphic

To create a beautiful book that stands out from the crowd, it’s important to use a vector graphic design program such as Adobe Illustrator. Vector images are made up of shapes and paths instead of pixels, which makes them infinitely scalable without losing quality. It also ensures that your artwork will remain crisp and clear when printed.


CMYK and RGBColor format

It’s also essential to use colors in CMYK format instead of RGB format when designing artwork for saddle stitch books. RGB refers to Red, Green and Blue light which is used in computer monitors. CMYK refers to Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black) ink used in printing presses. By converting your images from RGB to CMYK prior to printing, you can avoid any unexpected color shifts when your book is produced.



Additionally, it’s important to provide 3mm(0.125") bleed on all sides of the artwork so that the entire page is covered during trimming. This eliminates any white borders around the edges of the page and results in an aesthetically pleasing outcome. Crop marks should also be included so that trim lines are visible for easier trimming during production.


DPI for printingResolution

High-resolution images should always be used when creating artwork for saddle stitch books. Low-resolution images tend to appear blurry or pixelated on printed pages due to their low number of pixels per inch (PPI). A higher PPI means more information can be captured by each image, resulting in sharper prints with finer details and better overall image quality.


PDF proofFile format

Lastly, transferring artwork files in PDF format provides a universal document type that most book printers are able to accept without any difficulties. PDFs are also compressed files which makes us easier to transfer between computers without losing data or resolution quality.


Following these tips during the pre-press stage of staple book printing projects. I trust you can ensure your saddle stitch book printed in professional quality.


Pros and Cons of Saddle Stitching

(1) Low price, simple technology;
(2) Printing and binding are completed at one time, and the production speed is fast;
(3) Books can be opened completely open for easy reading;
(4) Editing is easy to do across pages.

(1) The spine will bulge out;
(2) The thicker, the more impact of the horizontal size of the book block, the plate center is easy to run;
(3) When cutting, the edge of spines is easy to damage.

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