The key features of spiral bound book printing

When you are writing your book, it is not just the creation of the content to consider – there is also the production finish –the printing and binding of your finished work. There are a number of different book binding techniques that can be used for whatever document you are having printed.

One of the most popular – and the best choice for specific types of book or document – is the spiral bound book printing process. This method uses plastic or metal coils that are inserted and twisted through holes punched in the spine of the pages and covers, joining the pages together and, at the same time, allowing easy access to the individual pages and their content.

Here are some of the reasons you should consider spiral book printing and binding when producing your next softback book:

Allow pages to be completely opened 360 degrees

Spiral bound book printing allows the pages to fold completely back on themselves offering 360 degree opening to a flat surface. This takes up minimal desk or table space whilst allowing easy use for referencing. 

This book printing and binding technique is ideal for presentations, directories, instruction manuals such as cook books, reports and proposal documents. You will often find travel guides and atlases are produced using these book binding techniques, as they are easy to manage whilst travelling and, with them opening easily and fully, they prevent potentially important information being partially buried along the book’s spine.  

Turn pages easily and they stay open without resistance

This particular book binding technique allows the pages to turn easily and, importantly, remain in place without being held. The spiral bound book pages rotate around a coil with little or no resistance, and stay open unaided whilst you access the information and contents – printed documents such as wall calendars are often produced this way because of it.

Perfect for a wide range of page counts

Spiral coils are available in a variety of sizes and diameters, so can accommodate books of varying thicknesses and densities. The more individual pages a book contains, then the larger the coil diameter used to cater for the book to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

Plastic coils resist distortion far better than their metal counterparts so are better for books with high page counts. Plastic coils also offer a greater variety of colours, so may be more appropriate, depending upon the type of book you are producing.

Ideal for books that require dividers or tabs

 The ease of use of the pages in a spiral bound book makes them the ideal choice for books that require page dividers or tabs. These are especially effective in reference documents such as directories and instruction or training manuals, because they allow the reader quick and easy access to any specific section or topic. 


We are an all round UK book manufacturing and printing service. We work closely with publishers, self publishers and authors. We have a state of the art factory, complemented by our sales and marketing office in Westoning, Bedfordshire. We have invested in the very latest digital and litho printing technology, to integrate with a fully equipped craftsman bindery.  The conclusion of which means we are offering both softback and hardback books, to a very high standard of quality.

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