Delight Your Customers With Beautifully Printed Saddle Stitch Booklets
Use saddle-stitch booklets for manuals
and catalogs, provide customers with informational booklets, or even tell the
story of your company’s history. Your options with saddle-stitched booklets
For over 40 years, U.S. Press has offered high quality booklet printing at an affordable cost.
Customers turn to us year after year for our expertise and world class service.
When you begin a saddle stitched booklet printing project with us, we'll assist you
every step of the way to make sure your booklets are a huge success.
About Saddle Stitch Binding
Saddle stitch booklets are the most popular option for small booklet and catalog
printing. The binding method requires staples to be inserted into the spine of the
booklet, making it a great choice for publications less than 100 pages. It's an
economical choice for booklet printing that still offers a high quality, professional
Prior to ordering your booklets, it is important to understand how page counts and spreads
work with this binding method. First, these booklets are printed on large sheets of
paper that are folded in half. For example, a finished 8.5” x 11” booklet begins as
17” x 11" size sheets that are folded to the completed 8.5” x 11” size.
Each sheet of paper creates 4 sides, or pages, to the booklet. To understand this concept,
let's take our 8.5” x 11” booklet as an example. You would start with a 17” x 11”
which has two sides: a front side and a back side. When you fold this sheet in half, you
will then have 4 sides, which we refer to as pages. The number of sheets that are needed
to create an entire print booklet depends on the number of pages you would like your book
Because of this process of folding sheets to create 4 pages, saddle stitched booklets require
page counts in increments of 4. Each “side” creates a page. Here's how you will need
to accurately count your pages: First, begin with the front cover of your book as page 1.
The front inside left side of the book is page 2, the inside right side is page 3, and
so on until you reach the back cover of your book, which is the final page you will
need to include in your count.
Need Mail Services for Your Booklets?
If you're looking to mail your booklets and catalogs, we can handle that, too.
Every day, we complete the mailing of catalogs for our customers. Our services include mail list processing,
addressing, sorting, bundling, and
delivery to USPS. To add mail services to your booklets, simply select
the mail service option on our quick pricing calculator.
After you place your order online, you will receive an email asking you to upload your mail list. At that time,
our team will process your mail list to determine a final mailable count of addresses
as well as the postage cost. Postage is an additional cost determined by standard USPS
rates and will be invoiced separately from your online print order. If you have any
questions about catalog and booklet mailings, please give us a call at 800-227-7377.
Saddle Stitch Booklets FAQ
What's the difference between each paper stock? What's the best to
We offer uncoated, gloss, and matte paper stocks. For a shiny appearance,
choose one of our gloss stocks. For a flat, matte appearance, choose one of our matte paper stocks.
If you would like uncoated paper that you can easily write on, select our 60# uncoated text.
60# uncoated text has a texture similar to copy paper.
Next, decide on the weight of paper you would like. 70# text paper is very lightweight and
cost-effective. 80# text paper is a lightweight option and is great for a wide variety of
publications including newsletters and booklets that mail. 100# text paper is a thicker,
more premium option. If you'd like to add a thicker cover (rather than self-cover), then you
can select either 80# or 100# cover which will give your booklets a more upscale feel and will
add a protective cover to your booklet.
What's the most common booklet size?
The most popular
booklet sizes are 5.5" x 8.5" and 8.5" x 11". These sizes correspond to
half-sheet size and full-sheet size. Although these are the most standard,
other sizes are available. If you're looking for a different size, please
request a quote.
How many pages can you saddle stitch?
You can saddle
stitch booklets between 8 pages and 72 pages. We recommend booklets with more
than 72 pages to be bound via another binding method, such as perfect binding.
What are the most common page counts?
It depends on the
type of project that's being produced. Our customers that are using booklets
to create a brochure-style pamphlet usually choose either an 8 page booklet or
16 page booklet as this type of project is quicker and easier to design and
requires less information. These page counts are also common for booklets that
will be mailed as we can soft-fold up to 16 pages so that it mails at the
letter rate (rather than flat rate).
For quarterly or seasonal catalogs, a 24 page booklet is a highly popular
option. For lengthier catalogs or magazine publications, page counts of 48 and
above are most popular.
Are your booklets printed in full color?
Yes! For over 40 years, we have specialized in creating beautiful full color booklets, which means you can add as
many colors as you like without affecting the cost. While our specialty is full color printing, we do offer
black ink only as an option through our custom quotes.
What does self-cover mean?
Self-cover simply means that the
outside cover of your booklet is the same text weight paper as the inside pages.
Because self-cover booklets are printed on the same paper stock (and therefore do not
require an additional cover weight setup), they are a great option if you're looking
for cheap booklet printing. Alternatively, if you'd like for the cover of your booklet
to be thicker than the inside pages, we offer both 80# cover and 100# cover, in gloss
and matte finishes, to provide your booklet with a more premium feel. Selecting a
thicker cover adds significant visual appeal to your booklet order, and can add
durability to your publication.
What is saddle stitching?
Saddle stitching is a type of binding method
that involves inserting staples into the spine of the book. Sheets of paper are
collated together in the order of your spreads, then folded in half and stapled
together at the spine. Because each folded sheet of paper creates 4 pages,
saddle-stitched booklets must be bound in 4 page increments beginning with 8 pages.
Saddle stitch binding is a popular option for booklets, magazines, and publications
less than 72 pages.
Is saddle stitching good for magazine publications?
Saddle stitching is a great option if your magazine is under 72 pages.
If you're printing a larger publication, we recommend checking out our
perfect bound booklets,
which involve perfect binding instead and are best for thicker books with higher page counts.
Do you offer custom sized booklets and catalogs?
do. While 8.5” x 11” and 5.5” x 8.5” booklets are the two most popular sizes for
booklets, we can print a wide range of sizes that suits your particular design. If you're
looking for a different size than our 8.5” x 11” or 5.5” x 8.5” options, please
request a custom quote.