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Saddle stitch binding is a popular and affordable way to bind booklets, magazines, catalogs, calendars, and more. It involves folding and stapling together single sheets of paper printed on both sides. Saddle stitching is best for booklets with a page count between 8 and 92 and cannot print on the spine. It offers a quick turnaround time and is an affordable price.

Saddle stitch booklet binding is the most popular, inexpensive, and simple-to-make yet professional form of binding, which allows us to save you time and money.

 

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Saddle Stitch File Specifications

Color for Printed Books

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Image Resolution

Resolution

PrintingCenterUSA recommends that the resolution of your images and document be 300 dpi or more.

Bleed for Printing

Bleeds

Bleed is an extra 1/8” of image that extends beyond the trim area of your printed piece. The project is printed on an oversized sheet that is cut down to size with the appearance that the image is “bleeding” off the edge of the paper.

 

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Templates

Using our blank templates is great because the files are already checked and have the proper format we need to print. Use our templates to help you double check your designs so that when you submit your order, your files are error free!

FAQs

Saddle stitch booklet printing is when four pages are printed onto one sheet of paper (two on the front, two on the back) and then collated in a way that, when folded and stapled through the midline, the pages appear in sequential order.

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  • Spell check
  • Bleed Note: if your file does not have bleed, you may end up with white borders as the trim line can vary, or our system will generate bleed which causes issues
  • Mirror or content aware edges when files don’t have bleed
  • Make sure there are no duplicate pages
  • Text is inside of the safe area (the pink line on the proof)
  • Check Bleed
  • Photo resolution
  • Dates for calendars
  • Check text for empty text boxes
  • Any overprint is intentional
  • Mailing template is correct for any mailing products

The weight and finish of paper you choose for your saddle-stitched booklet depends on the purpose of your product. We have a guide to help you understand the different options and recommendations for choosing the right paper for your saddle stitched booklet.

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Saddle stitch booklets that have 8 pages - 92 pages, though we require them be in 4 page increments. In other words, your document (counting front and back cover) should be one of the following page counts:

8 | 12 | 16 | 20 | 24 | 28 | 32 | 36 40 | 44 | 48 | 52 | 56 | 60 | 64 | 68 | 72 | 76 | 80 | 84 | 88 | 92

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Saddle stitched booklets are full sheets, folded and staple bound, and can have as few as 8 pages. Saddle stitch booklets lay flat and stay open when flipping through the pages. Perfect bound booklets are pages bound to a cover sheet with glue. Perfect bound booklets can have as few as 28 pages up to 2” thick, and (if it is thick enough) you can design on the spine.

We have an in-depth guide comparing saddle stitched booklets and perfect bound booklets.

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Arrange the pages for your saddle stitched booklet as pages in order. For example, for an 8-page booklet (Cover + 4 Inside Pages):

  • Page 1 is the Front Cover.
  • The Inside Front Cover is Page 2.
  • The inside pages continue in order, pages 3, 4, 5, & 6.
  • The second to last page is the Inside Back Cover, Page 7.
  • The last page is the Back Cover, Page 8.

Yes! Saddle stitch binding allows for crossovers to be executed without losing a portion of the image in the binding center, like with perfect bound.

When the pages of a booklet are folded in half placed over a holding device (the saddle) it looks like legs hanging over the saddle.

Saddle stitch bound books and booklets do lay flat. This makes them a great option for projects such as coloring books, as you don’t need to hold them open the entire time. Depending on how many pages you have in your product, there might be a slight “poof” in the center of the pages, but it will still lay flat.

Delivery dates vary depending on the quantity and page count of your order, but our standard turnaround time is 3 to 4 days from proof approval, depending on the delivery time you choose. For faster turnarounds, select a delivery date in the pricing tool.

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Based on 1970 reviews
2 hr ago
This was our first experience using Printing Center USA. Their customer service people are very knowledgeable and helpful and always responded quickly. The booklet they printed for us is beautifully done and delivery was exactly as promised. We highly recommend this company.
4 days ago
Best price and great quality! The booklets were printed and shipped very quickly.
5 days ago
We used PrintingCenterUSA for a 20-page college reunion theater program and were blown away by the results. It had the look and feel of a Broadway show Playbill. Paper quality was great, color accuracy was spot on. They turned it around as promised and was delivered just in time. We selected 1-day shipping and they hit our tight deadline. Highly recommend them for any print job!
6 days ago
Not to sound corny, but the booklets turned out just perfect! That's the reason I've been a Printing Center USA client for years. There has only been one order, throughout our history, that I wasn't pleased with, and even then the PCU staff offered great support to get it right. I would trust PCU with all my print orders, but between the time some projects get received, approved and their deadline, there would not enough time for them to fulfill it. I wished that I either I lived closer to their location or that there was a PCU store in my city, because I would take all my print projects to them.
14 days ago
I was more than happy with my finished booklet. As a solorprenuer, I had been struggling to find a printer who would handle a relatively small run booklet for my business. I was able to upload and print my booklet with ease.
20 days ago
Beautiful Job! The paper was lighter than other projects with the same weight paper.
25 days ago
I was extremely disappointed that you would have an option called 100 pound gloss text for covers that really are just cheap Walmart copy paper. When you use the word 100 pound it should indicate the weight of the paper and not some bizarre in house terminology you use! I spend a lot of money on these pamphlets so you gave me 30% off because the booklets are terrible but I still spent $275 on books I can’t use because the cover is flimsy. The covers are wrinkling and tearing so I cannot handout & use these for my seminar! The agent that called reluctantly said she would take the book looks back and re-fix them this once making it very clear that it was my fault that when I chose 100 pound paper I should have known it wasn’t really 100 pound and I should’ve investigated further so I got frustrated and decided to keep the booklets and try to use. After all the disappointment I really wasn’t happy about having to pay $80 to ship back and then wait another 10 days to get the replacements so I figured if it really was my fault I will deal with the consequences but in reality I am still mad! Do you not understand that customers not existing in the printing world don’t know you’re in-house jargon? When you put 100 pound gloss it should mean 100 pound gloss not be reference to some text. There’s no weight to any text on a paper so the entire naming of that flimsy paper is really bizarre on your part and it feels like a scam. It feels like you’re committing fraud by putting hundred pound knowing people are going to choose it and then you switch it out for the garbage paper saying oh you should’ve known that 100 pound gloss text doesn’t mean 100 pound gloss. When the agent told me that the items are going to print and looked really nice, I went ahead and scheduled my seminar and couldn’t back out, and I got the pamphlets and they were great inside, but the covers were tearing, flimsy and looked entirely unprofessional. It left me in a very bad place because I was left with either having to hand out pamphlets that looked unprofessional and childish or don’t hand out any at all, which looks even worse. How do you think that makes me feel about your company? What did you gain in stealing the $275 from me? A 30% discount is useless when I’m still paying an overpriced 70% for booklets sitting in my trashcan. In my experience when printing booklets previously 100 pd weight paper = 100 pound paper. It does not equal the cheapest paper you have and I think it’s really bad game to play with your customers. I had hoped to be able to use them, but when setting up the seminar and stacking several of the pamphlets together, two of them tore and three wrinkled so in the end, I could not use them at all so I’m out $275 and have to go reprint with another company. I had three more sets of booklets to print and then future reprints but I will not use your company because I think trying to blame a customer who chose 100 pound weight to not understand they’re not really 100 pound weight is bad business. If I said to you congratulations you just bought a house, took your 20 % down payment and then said oh I’m sorry you don’t really get the house,.that’s just our in-house jargon that you should know means something entirely different. Instead of buying the house you wanted we are giving you just the shed out back. You really should have known that even though I used the word house it’s not really what I meant and you should know that in real estate house doesn’t mean actual houses….thanks for giving us your deposit though, I’ll be sure to keep that and ask you to give me a good reference too? Would you be ok with me if I did that to you? I don’t think so. Please change the name of your hundred pound gloss text paper to say this is our cheapest option. It’s 20 pound Walmart copy paper and won’t hold up even through the shipping. No one in their right mind would choose that paper knowing what poor quality it is! I also wasn’t thrilled that I paid $375 for 100 booklets covered with such flimsy paper only to be told by your agent that had I chosen the right hundred pound gloss It would’ve been 450 instead! $450 for booklets to hand out at 2 seminars is nuts. I obviously don’t understand your world, and I obviously am left feeling very, very disappointed in the entire experience. Thanks!
25 days ago
A great company to work with. I do most of my ordering online, but when a concern rises, I can pick up a phone and confirm stuff. Great work, great prices, easy to work with.
1 mon ago
Every time we have used Printing Center USA, the quality of the customer service and products have always been "top notch!" I am very thankful for the knowledgeable staff and their willingness to make your product dreams come true!
1 mon ago
I love the booklets, the colors are bright and the paper is satin and feels good to the touch.
1 mon ago
Great personal attention with a final result which was above and beyond my expectations. Thank you.
1 mon ago
Great quality, fair pricing.
1 mon ago
Outstanding result and friends are asking where it was printed.
1 mon ago
I love the support I received from every team member @PrintingCenterUSA and the quality of the products. Ordered already twice in a short time and I am ready for the third order. I know it will be great.
1 mon ago
Excellent quality, quick printing and shipping. This is my 5th time ordering - never a disappointment
1 mon ago
The booklets look great. I appreciated the thorough inspection of the file before it was printed.
1 mon ago
Good printing
2 mon ago
I love this company and their quality of product, easy of use of their website. Thank you!
2 mon ago
The quality of the printing is excellent and the ease of uploading the document is very simple.
2 mon ago
I have used PrintingCenter USA many times, and they are by far the best at making booklets, I would never go anywhere else !! Thank you!!
2 mon ago
Our booklets looked AMAZING!
2 mon ago
Excellent service. Highly recommend.
2 mon ago
The support and results were beyond my expectations.
2 mon ago
This is an excellent place for printing. However, when they shrink wrapped my job...it ruined all of the corners. I am now in RealEstate so I can still use them. When I was in Advertising, I would have had to send them back.
2 mon ago
Clear and high quality print. Minimal communication to get job done
2 mon ago
Always are the best of quality!
2 mon ago
Just as ordered.
2 mon ago
I have used Printing Center USA quite a few times. Every time there is good communication and a great product.
2 mon ago
Great printing quality. Easy to use order process. Delivered within the time requeste.
2 mon ago
The 56-page full color booklet was printed beautifully and on time.
2 mon ago
The product came out great and the customer service was phenomenal. Kristin Wood was extremely patient and helpful. Thank you, Kristin!
2 mon ago
U wouldn’t use anyone else for our booklets. They are very good quality at the cheapest price around.
2 mon ago
Excellent quality
3 mon ago
Very helpful service over the phone with my questions. Received them in reasonably short time. A little pricier than I hoped, but overall very good job.
3 mon ago
Quality product, delivered promptly. We've been happy to use Printing Center USA for our newsletters for some years now.
3 mon ago
Excellent print quality. I love the ability to design my own booklet and move the pages around. We created a program guide for our parks and recreation department. It turned out great!
3 mon ago
Superb customer service and professionalism. Superb printing and knowledgeable. And my Representative is the greatest Joshua Shapiro! Love the books and the service. Thank You.
3 mon ago
Looks great!
3 mon ago
I am satisfied with their customer support and quality work
3 mon ago
Unfortunately won’t use any longer. The cover card stock doesn’t match my previous orders so I can’t package items together as needed (all previous order were uncoated cover stock and while selections were identical on this order, cover stock is a very glossy). Printing quality is good. Just wish the consistency was there with final product.
3 mon ago
Booklets came out great...
3 mon ago
Just what I expected.
3 mon ago
Great quality with high value for price
3 mon ago
Great job! I'm happy with the product.
4 mon ago
Our Neighborhood Association has used PrintingCenterUSA twice now for our newsletters. They have done an excellent job on them and we will continue to use them.
4 mon ago
The product looked great and the process to get them done was smooth and controlled every step of the way. Delighted with result!
4 mon ago
The printing quality, as well as the customer service was excellent.
4 mon ago
We've been ordering our Study Club Newsletters from PrintingCenterUSA for years--they are always prompt and the quality is unsurpassed. Thank you for providing an excellent product and excellent customer service!
4 mon ago
Great quality, great price and the customer LOVED them!
4 mon ago
The booklets were very professional looking and perfect as gifts for people. I would recommend and use this company again!
4 mon ago
Ti appreciate the personal attention of staff to ensure a great finished product! The design tool is outdated and I didn’t have all of the options I would like to have had regarding size and booklet orientation.
4 mon ago
PrintingCenterUSA allowed me to produce a long-wanted church photo directory at an affordable price. We are a small congregation and didn't need a large run. The online tool for designing was much appreciated, if not always intuitive--once I got the hang of it I was able to accomplish the task more easily than going back and re-learning graphics software I haven't used for a few years. Once the proof was approved I was advised to look for it a couple of weeks later, but it arrived early despite the intervening holiday. Thank you!
4 mon ago
Great quality for the price - very impressed with turnaround time and quality.
4 mon ago
Our booklets always turn out top notch.
4 mon ago
Quality was simply amazing! Turn around time was fantastic!!!
4 mon ago
Wonderful product. Shipping needs attention? It took a long time since you shipped it until I received it. I realize that that is NOT exactly in your providence.
5 mon ago
I more than happy with my magazine it was a dream come true in my hands. Definitely printercenterUSA, you are the best, quality was stoning every person compliment about the magazine presentation. You help us to bright
5 mon ago
They look great!
5 mon ago
Kristin at PrintingCenterUSA was so wonderful to work with. This project had a short runway and high expectations and they delivered in every way. Chad Nelson
5 mon ago
Great service and great quality!
5 mon ago
Beautiful Quality! 10 out of 10
5 mon ago
Great product, clean and vibrant, great quality at such a good price!
5 mon ago
I use this product as event programs and my attendees rave about the quality, look and feel of the product each time we order. I only wish we could budget all of our print jobs so that we could have them printed here.
5 mon ago
well put together- slick and colorful
5 mon ago
We are so happy with the final product! The service and quality were great, and I was pleasantly surprised with the quick turnaround.
5 mon ago
Printing Center USA does a superb job, perfect coloring, clarity of images and maximum preciseness with speedy deliveries as promised. They will go above and beyond to satisfy their customers. My personal and SPECIAL THANKS to Joshua Shapiro for his special help and dedication to qualitative service and customer satisfaction. Thanks Joshua for the speedy production and delivery of my recent project.
5 mon ago
I had a great working experience with Printing Center USA. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and the service was prompt and efficient. The quality of their product was second to none. I appreciate the hard work and attention they give to their customers. They went above and beyond to ensure that I had a positive experience. I highly recommend Printing Center USA for their excellent customer service and quality products.
5 mon ago
Very happy with the extremely fast service and quality of my orders. Quilting From The Heartland
6 mon ago
Great quality, quick turn times and affordable prices!
6 mon ago
I have been using Printing Center USA for several years now. They produce a quality product at the best price. Aiden was especially helpful this year with my most recent project. I have and will continue to recommend Printing Center USA
6 mon ago
Great quality and fast shipping. Thanks!
6 mon ago
Awesome customer service (by phone, not by email). Awesome live chat agent! Great quality printing. Easy to use online platform for submitting design.
6 mon ago
Great product, easy to use and fast shipping.
6 mon ago
High quality, great customer service!
6 mon ago
Our programs were printed beautifully and arrived by the estimated date. I am so happy to work with PrintingcenterUSA!
6 mon ago
Excellent quality. Great customer service.
6 mon ago
Perfect. Exactly as expected
6 mon ago
Great quality and well done!
6 mon ago
I LOVE the quality in my booklets! I needed a vibrant design to impress prospective clients, and the color matching on my booklets is just like I designed it! The paper quality is excellent and the binding is perfect. The customer service team are top-notch as well - they answered all my questions and even called me when they had a question about the design I submitted. It's nice to know they are there to help me get the order right the first time. This is not the first time I have ordered from them, and definitely will not be the last. Highly recommend!
6 mon ago
I recently had a great experience with Printcenter. I was impressed with the Mazine material used for my project, which turned out to be of excellent quality. The customer service I received was exceptional. The staff was very helpful and friendly, and they went above and beyond to ensure that I was satisfied with the final product. Overall, I would highly recommend Printcenter to anyone looking for high-quality printing services and exceptional customer service.
6 mon ago
The booklets turned out beautifully. Customer service was great, printing and delivery were prompt. Will definitely use again!
6 mon ago
Great product, well done, and super fast!
7 mon ago
Loved them! The products were just what I had hoped.
7 mon ago
Came out exactly how we envisioned! Prompt production and delivery too. Thanks!
7 mon ago
Exactly as I ordered.
7 mon ago
I like how sleek the booklets are. They come exactly as expected.
7 mon ago
I am so glad I found PrintCenterUSA. They have printed 2 booklets for me and I am extremely happy with their service department and their printing. I will most definitely use them again.
7 mon ago
Absolutely the best!! Thank you!
7 mon ago
Great quality and Quick turnaround!
7 mon ago
Perfect job, great results
7 mon ago
Support staff is wonderful and they help alleviate the stress of the book. I love the end result.
7 mon ago
Excellent quality
7 mon ago
Excellent quality!
7 mon ago
What a great job! Our finished product looked incredible with a very short turn around.
7 mon ago
The booklets look professional and they arrived quickly. Also, customer support was very helpful when I had questions about the proof. Thank you for the great service!
7 mon ago
Our booklets looked amazing and, like many projects I am sure that PrintingCenterUSA receives, we were pushing a deadline. The website and especially our project manager were very helpful in getting our project completed faster than promised and delivered swiftly. Most importantly, we loved the results, especially the elegant Soft Touch Lamination coating. It was worth the added cost. We highly recommend this company and its products.
7 mon ago
Upon receiving the booklets that were created in Canva, I was truly impressed. The booklet was done in a very professional fashion and the colors of the pictures were amazing. The pages of the booklets were very crisp and just beautiful. I definitely would recommend Printing Center USA. Their prices for the quality could not be matched with any printing company.
7 mon ago
I have ordered full color, spiral bound, vinyl covered booklets for the last several years. I use them as teaching field guides for international study trips that I lead. The booklets (84-100 pages) are immaculate, durable, and of the highest quality. The turn-around time after ordering is amazing fast for a job like this. I have been, and will be, a customer for years to come. Thank you!
7 mon ago
Customer Service was outstanding! Shipping was quick! Quality is excellent!
7 mon ago
I had an extremely large file for the artwork, and this was the only company where I was able to upload a file with this size. The quality was exactly as I expected- fantastic. Shipping was right in time in decent protective packaging. Great job.

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