Half Letter Stapled Booklets
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.
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.
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.