Size: 5.5" x 8.5" or 8.5" x 11" (For different sizes, please request a quote here)

Inside Paper: 80#, 100# Dull or Gloss Coated Text

Cover Paper: 80#, 100# Gloss or Matte Coated Cover

Printing: Full Color Throughout (4/4)

Options: Soft Fold up to 16 Pages Text Only (Optional)

Mailing: Addressing, Prep, and Mail (Optional)

Artwork: Print-Ready PDFs Preferred

Deliver your information with expertly printed saddle-stitch booklets

Ideal for smaller magazines and booklets, saddle-stitching involves inserting staples into the spine of a booklet. 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 are endless.

For 38 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 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 Booklet Printing

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 appearance.

If you're looking to mail your booklets and catalogs, we can handle that, too. Each and every day, we complete the mailing of catalogs for our customers by processing their mail list, addressing their catalogs, sorting, bundling, and delivering them to the USPS. To add mail services to your booklets, simply select the Inkjet and Mail Prep option on our pricing calculator. Postage is additional and will be determined upon receipt of your mail list in order to provide you with the lowest postage cost possible. If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our print experts 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 choose?
We offer both gloss and dull paper stocks. If you're looking for a shiny appearance, choose one of our gloss stocks. If you're looking for more of a flat, matte appearance, choose one of our dull/velvet paper stocks.Next, decide on the weight of paper you would like. 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 custom 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! We are proud to offer full color booklets, so feel free to add as many colors as you would like without affecting the cost. If you need a black ink only publication, please request a custom quote.

What does self-cover mean?
Self-cover simply means that the outside cover is the same text weight paper as the inside pages. A heavy cover is an additional cover that is printed on premium cover stock, which gives your booklets a durable, luxurious feel.

What is saddle stitching?
Saddle stitching is a type of binding that involves inserting staples into the spine of the book. It's 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.

Do you offer custom sized booklets and catalogs?
Yes, we do. If you're looking for a different size than what you see on our pricing calculator, please request a custom quote.

80# Gloss Text: High quality, medium text weight paper stock with a gloss finish on both sides.
80# Matte Text: High quality, medium text weight paper stock with a satiny, matte finish on both sides.
100# Gloss Text: High quality, heavy text weight paper stock with a gloss finish on both sides.
100# Matte Text: High quality, heavy text weight paper stock with a satiny, matte finish on both sides.
80# Gloss Cover: High quality, medium weight cover stock with a gloss finish on both sides.
80# Matte Cover: High quality, medium weight cover stock with a satiny, dull finish on both sides.
100# Gloss Cover: High quality, heavy weight cover stock with a gloss finish on both sides.
100# Matte Cover: High quality, heavy weight cover stock with a satiny, dull finish on both sides.

Document size: Same size as final trim size of piece

Bleed: Set your bleed to .125" on all sides

Safe Area: Set your margins to .125" and keep all important elements (logos, text, and images that do not bleed) within these margins

Resolution: 300 PPI for all images is strongly recommended for best print quality

File Type: PDFs are preferred

Uploading files: You can upload files directly to this product page by clicking "Upload Your File & Order Now". Or, if you prefer to send your files a different way, you can send files here.

If you need any help with creating your print ready artwork, please give us a call at 800-227-7377 or email us at info@uspress.com.

Proofing: After you place your order and upload your artwork, our prepress team will begin inspecting your files to ensure your document size, bleed lines, margins, image resolution, and more are correct in order for the best print quality. They will email you a soft proof (PDF) for your approval prior to printing. Most proofs are sent within 1 business day of order placement; more complex art files can sometimes take longer. Soft proofing is an easy way to see what your finished product will look like and make sure the content is correct. However, soft proofing is not intended for exact color matching. Every monitor displays color differently, and on backlit screens, colors may appear lighter than the actual colors contained in your files. If color matching is critical, please give us a call at 800-227-7377 to order a hard proof.

Production Time: Production time begins after proof approval and is the time required to produce your order before it ships. It is calculated in business days, starting at the next occurrence of 9:00 AM Eastern on the 1st business day after the proof is approved. U.S. Press is closed Saturdays, Sundays and all major holidays; thus, these days are not included in the production schedule.

Stay tuned! Templates coming soon.