a saddle-stitched book

a wiro-bound book

a case-bound book

Different binding methods

There are more ways of binding a document than just stapling it top left! Each of the methods mentioned below are used for different types of presentation and will suit different budgets.

Here is is short list of ways that you can bind your presentation or manual.


Saddle-stitch is used for simple programmes, booklets and brochures. It is sometimes also called 'collate, fold, stitch and trim - because that's what has to be done! Though nowadays machines can do all of those actions in one pass.

Comb bind and wire binding

Comb-binding and wire (or wiro) binding are very similar in that holes are punched in the document and then either a plastic 'comb' or a wire 'comb' is inserted through the holes and closed to hold the pages. They are used for reports and manuals, accounts, brochures and price-lists. The wire method means that the book cannot be tampered with without spoiling the wire. The resulting books can be opened flat.

Perfect binding and Case binding

Perfect binding is when the pages of a document are gathered and glued into a cover - just like a paperback book. Sometimes they are folded and sewn in sections but that is usually done with case binding as it is more expensive and done by hand. Case binding is a traditional hard-back book but the bindings can be in leather, or silk, or rubber... anything that can be fashioned into a cover.

If you want to find out more you can download a free pdf here showing these and other types of binding that can be used for binding books, brochures, price-lists, manuals, presentations, reports, accounts, atlases, any sort of document!