Half Letter Stapled Booklets

Half Letter Stapled Booklets

Finished booklets, 8.5″ x 5.5″ (half letter).  Staple bound booklets up to 40 pages, including the cover.   Choice of papers for pages and cover to fit your budget and style.  Fast turn around.

How to calculate page count

For saddle stitched booklets like this, each page counts in the total, including both sides of the cover.  Count every inside page and cover page as one page.  Do not count the number of folded papers that make up the booklet.

Half Letter Stapled Booklets

Booklet Size

Custom half letter stapled booklets, half letter size, are made from 8.5″ x 11″ pages, folded in half and are bound with 2 staples along the spine. The finished booklet is half letter (5.5″ x 8.5″) size.

Page Count for Half Letter Stitched Booklets

The layout of saddle stitch booklets requires that the number of pages for your uploaded pdf file come in multiples of 4 to print correctly and avoid blank pages. The page count includes the inside pages and cover, with the print on both sides.

Minimum Pages

This product is for saddle stitch booklets 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 half letter size booklets that are only four pages (one sheet folded to create a simple newsletter), you can order from newsletters or sale sheets from our brochures collection.

Maximum Pages

Our web ordering allows for saddle stitch booklets from a multi page document with up to 40 pages, including the cover pages.

Please contact us if your print file has more than 40 pages and you want staple bound booklets.

Alternatively, if adding pages or achieving multiples of 4 pages is a problem, you may consider coil binding method 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 printed 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.

Color choice for your half letter stapled booklets

Choose your color scheme for the custom stitched booklets. It can be in black and white, sometimes called greyscale (1/1) or in color (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 full color. 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, color documents can be printed in greyscale. The printing mode is determined by you. Greyscale quality is also exceptional.

Orientation for 5.5 x 8.5 saddle stitched binding

The booklets are made of folded sheets. Booklets this size can be printed in landscape or portrait orientation. Half letter stapled landscape booklets are the same price as portrait booklets.

Cover creasing and finishing

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 pdf files with single pages in the correct order. The print shop has software to assemble the pages in the correct booklet layout for the saddle stitch binding method.

The page size of your uploaded pdf should be set to the finished size (5.5″ x 8.5″) with a bleed added if applicable.

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).

Critical information about artwork size

Of course every customer wants to pay the lowest price for an item. But trying to change size is not a good way to reduce price. Artwork that is created in 8.5 x 11 is not appropriate for  5.5 x 8.5 half letter stapled booklets.

The page proportions are not the same.

When letter size files are shrunk down to half letter, the finished product needs to be trimmed significantly at the top and bottom to remove excess white space. The shrunk pages will be about 7″ tall.

Text for the inside pages of your booklet product would be quite small as it would shrink with the pages.

Design to Size or Size to Design!

Please select the products that match the size of your product design or document file. Our “Just Do It” file resizing does not cover multiple page documents.  If your document is in MS Word, here is how to resize your page before exporting to pdf.

Get print-ready artwork without the headaches

Every print job must start with a useable digital, print ready file.  Here is a list of the most common issues with artwork that is not print-ready:
  • It has no bleed – your background image/colour should extend beyond the size of the finished product by 1/8″ all the way around
  • Document is sized improperly – an 8.5″ x 11″ file cannot be easily used for a half letter or 4″ x 6″ postcard, or for a 12″ x 18″ poster
  • Images used in the artwork are pixelated – all images should be 300 dpi
  • Entire file is low resolution – your file should be saved at 300 dpi.  Many free online programs do not export appropriate resolution.
  • Colours are set to RGB instead of CMYK – in this case, the colours that are printed may not be what you are expecting
  • Contrast between background and fonts is inadequate – dark fonts do not show up against a dark background.  What works on a backlit monitor will not work in print
  • Fonts are too small – it is wise to print a version of your artwork on a home printer to see the actual size of the fonts before ordering.  Again, it may look great on your monitor at 500 times magnification, but not work when printed.
  • Fonts are not embedded or converted to outlines – this can cause fonts to change in the processing of the file, changing your entire layout and design
  • Content has errors
  • Content is too close to the edge of the design – allow a “safe zone” to accommodate small variations in the printing, cutting, and finishing
  • Crop marks are improperly placed – this is the same of not having bleeds
  • You submit multiple files – a double sided flyer file should be in one .pdf file, 2 pages, not 2 files
  • File is in the wrong format – pdf files should be submitted.  While we allow other formats, they have to be converted before they can be processed.   In many cases, that is quite difficult as the file can be changed by the process.  In other cases, the file is not compatible with our software or hardware (for example, none of our printers can print .png files!  They all have to be converted to a printable format first).
  • The artwork is an idea, something you had printed somewhere else, written on a piece of paper, or a bunch of image and text files that need to be assembled – there is lots of work to do to get the file you need.

Experience has taught us that most customers, and sadly, many professional graphic designers, do not understand how to create print ready files. In addition, many of the free products available for you to design for yourself, do not output print ready files.  In some cases, your file can be easily corrected, using the wide variety of (expensive and sometimes difficult to use) software that we keep on hand at the Laser Sharp shop.  If you are stuck, we can help.  Use Service Tiers table to select the support level suitable for your project.

Service Tier

Just do it








Delivery Time


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Edits or Revisions





Maximum Pages/Sides





Resize artwork

Check Resolution

Combine Pages

Convert to CMYK

Fix Bleed/Layout

Impose Files for Print

Add or Edt Text

Add Pictures 

Edit Pictures

Edit Form or Calendar 

Match Fonts

Add Effects

Match Colours 

Vectorize Image

Replicate Artwork

Create Custom Form

Create/Edit Pricelist

Layouts (finished = fold, crease, perforate, etc)





Some Fine Print

  • The prices shown are charge PER PRODUCT ORDER.  In some cases, design elements created for one print job may be used in others; if so, you may be able to select Advanced artwork for the first product and Standard for another if elements created for the Advanced project are reused in the Standard one.
  • The price for the tier includes any or all of the checked elements.  In other words, if you only want to get files prepared to be sent to you in different formats, you need to select the Advanced option.
  • You need to use the the red “upload your print files” button to upload your pictures and support documents.  There is a text box for you to provide details.  The more detail you give, the more likely you are to get a fast turn around on your support.
  • You are responsible for securing the legal rights to use any images, texts, or logos.
  • You are also responsible for planning the marketing strategy and goal behind your artwork.  We provide services to create digital print files, we do not develop your marketing program or create content.
  • The pricing for Advanced has a “+”.  If you expect more of the designer, like for us to find pictures for your project or to write content, you will be asked to pay more.
  • An electronic proof is included with most options.  It is CRUCIAL that you review the proof carefully with the following in mind:
    • Each support tier comes with a limited number of revisions.  Given that, when you receive your proof, take time to consider EVERY change you will want before you ask for revisions.  Any revisions requested over the limit will result in a request for further payment before they are made.
    • The colours you see on your screen and phone will not (necessarily) be an exact match to the final print.  If you are concerned about colour, it is your responsibility to request a printed (hard proof) before approving the job.
    • Any error in the content or colour mismatch is your responsibility once you give the go ahead to print.  If the designer has made an error, he/she may never know (for example, if a price or phone number is incorrect), so it is up to you to catch that before it goes to print.  There is no refund or credit given for reprints – the designer’s mistake is yours now.
    • Production WILL NOT START until your approval is received IN WRITING and in the requested manner and wording.  Don’t phone and tell us to go ahead.  Email and tell us to print the proof version sent to you (by file name) or that proof X is not approved because this specific change needs to be made (please don’t just tell us you don’t like the colour!!).