Custom Saddle Stitched Booklets
Custom Saddle stitched booklets, letter size, are made from 11″ x 17″ pages, folded in half and are bound with 2 staples along the spine. The resulting custom stitched booklet is finished in full letter (8.5″ x 11″) size.
The layout of saddle stitch requires that the number of pages for your uploaded pdf file come in multiples of 4 to avoid blank pages. The page count includes the inside pages and cover, with the print on both sides.
This product is for custom stitched booklet printing of at least 8 pages, including the cover. An 8 page booklet will require at least 2 folded sheets and require stapling.
If you would like to print a letter size booklet that is only four pages (one paper folded to create a simple newsletter), you can order from newsletters or sale sheets from our brochures collection.
Our web ordering allows for saddle stitched booklet printing of complete documents with up to 40 pages, including the cover portion.
Please contact us if your print file has more than 40 pages and you want saddle stitched booklets.
Alternatively, if adding pages or achieving multiples of 4 pages is a problem, you may consider coil binding as an alternative to saddle stitching..
Paper Choice for Booklet Printing
After you select the number of custom booklets, size, and number of pages, we give you some choices to make.
You can adjust the various drop-downs to create saddle stitched booklets that suit your style. With each change, the price will change, so you can fit your budget too.
Paper for Inside Pages
We offer matte or glossy stocks, each with a different paper. It is easiest to select from the description of thickness given. All are good quality, though the weight of each is a factor in the price. The thinnest paper is a great low budget choice.
Cover Stock for Booklet Printing
For cover paper, the default option is “Same as pages”, in case you want an inexpensive stitched booklet that does not require a heavy cover. This might be the case for an 8 or 12 page brochure, for instance.
Otherwise, for a heavier paper weight you have the option of a glossy finish cover, which is a good match to the gloss text paper.
There is also a 12 point cover that is gloss coated on one side. This 12 point cover has a smooth coating on the outside and the same look and feel as the 28lb matte text pages on the inside.
Colour choice for your saddle stitched booklet
Choose your colour scheme for the custom stitched booklets. It can be in black and white, sometimes called greyscale (1/1) or in colour (4/4). The use of colours are not determined entirely by your print file.
In fact, your pdf file may be entirely black and white, but be printed in colour. This would be largely unnecessary and costly. The price for colour is higher.
If your inside pages look black and white, it is best to print in black and white.
In much the same way, colour documents can be printed in greyscale. The printing mode is determined by you. Greyscale quality is also exceptional.
Orientation for 8.5 x 11 saddle stitched binding
The booklets are made of folded sheets. Our printer capacity allows for 11 x 17 printing, so booklets this size must be in portrait orientation. Landscape orientation is possible on smaller saddle stitched booklets.
The cover of stitched booklets is creased before folding and stapling, and finished booklets are trimmed to give them a clean professional look.
Submitting a file
Please submit your custom booklet file as a document (pdf preferred), with the pages in order. The page size of your uploaded pdf should be set to the finished size (8.5″ x 11″) with a bleed added if applicable.
Pages are ordered from front cover to back. Our software will arrange them in order so the booklet layout is correct for saddle stitching.
The total number of pages must be divisible by four. In other words, if your document is only 32 pages long, you should add a blank page as page 2 (inside of front cover) and as page 35 (inside of back cover) to get 36 pages (9 x 4).