What is spiral book binding

Whether you are writing a book or producing a document for printing you always need to consider how you are going to bind the pages of your finished work.

Many businesses use brochures and booklets as part of their advertising materials to market their products or services and to publish reports and manuals.

Different book binding methods can be employed to finish these business documents amongst which is spiral bound book binding. Here are some aspects of spiral book binding for you to consider:

What is spiral bound book binding

Spiral binding is also known as coil or wiro binding – this book binding method consists of a document being bound and held together with a metal wire spine fed through pre-punched holes near the edges of the individual pages. It is a commonly used book binding style used for many different document formats.

What documents to consider for spiral bound book printing

Spiral binding is the often the best solution for documents or books of between 4 and 180 leaves – effectively 360 pages, if printed double-sided. As there are no solid spines nor folds in spiral bound book printing, books and documents can be opened 360 degrees which allows them to fold flat therefore making them ideal to use for reference material and subject matters such as recipes, manuals and reports.

This wiro binding format is also useful for wall calendars and planners as they lie flat against the wall surface. This book binding format is also effective for presentation documents because they can lie open on a desk for easy access and reference. Another advantage to opting for spiral book binding is that it is more appropriate for short print production runs than other book binding methods.

Available in different formats and sizes

Spiral bound book binding is available in different formats and sizes from a small pocket guide to a large travel atlas dimension. The coils are available in many diameter sizes so can accommodate books or documents of varying thicknesses.

Spiral bound booklets are produced from A5 up to, what is usually the largest required size, A3. An A3 document is usually bound on the short edge and is ideal for portfolios and creative presentation booklets or documents. 

Relevant materials for wiro binding

There are a range of different quality and weight paper options appropriate for spiral book binding. Everything from silk paper, with a smooth feel and sheen appearance, to gloss paper with its’ shiny, smooth finish, highlighting any colour content, are available and suitable for spiral bound finishing.

For the environmentally minded authors and businesses, recyclable paper options are also available. The plastic coils used for spiral book binding are strong and hardy – they resist distortion and therefore hold their shape well.

Different cover options for extra protection

Spiral bound book printing offers different options when deciding on the cover of your choice for your book or document. The cover can be printed on thicker paper than the internal pages of your document, giving the book more protection and durability. The coils themselves are available in many assorted colours so can complement any book cover.

Another important aspect to consider when deciding upon your binding format is how quickly you can get your document printed, bound and available to you – spiral bound book binding offers a quick production turnaround option.

The quality of the materials and finish of your document tells people a lot about your business, so consider using an experienced and professional book printing and binding company to produce important books and documents.


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