Here we have listed our types of binding to help you understand our services a little better.

Wire binding

Wire binding is a popular binding method and is also commonly known as wiro binding, spiral binding and coil binding. Wire-bound documents are held together with a C shaped wire spine which binds the pages together securely, enabling them to turn 360 degrees and lay flat on the desk.

This is the most popular binding option for training manuals because the wire spine keeps the manual held together tightly and securely, and it’s great for longevity. If the manual needs to be written inside, a matt paper stock is recommended, although a silk paper stock will allow you to write with a biro.

Wire binding is cost-effective and usually, an acetate front cover and card back is added to your manuals to make them more durable.

Pros Cons
• Durable • Doesn’t look as professional as a perfect-bound document
• Can lay flat on a desk • Pages cannot be added once the manual has been bound
• Easy to turn pages
• Printed tabs can be added easily before binding

Perfect binding

Perfect binding is often used for softback books, also known as paperback books, and sports a flat spine. The pages are printed loose and then glued to the spine area. The cover and spine are fully customisable in terms of design. Our softback books are bound just like those in your local book shop.

Perfect binding makes your manuals look professional and are great for storing on bookshelves. They are usually kept as a resource after a course has finished, however, perfect-bound books only work well if the page count is higher as they tend to close on themselves. Because pages are glued into the spine, images or text near the middle of the manual can be harder to read and can sometimes get lost when the pages bow.

Pros Cons
• Can be kept afterwards as a keepsake • Cannot lay flat on a desk
• Looks professional • Only works well with documents that have a higher page count
• Perfect-bound documents are not good for heavy usage
• Can be costly
• Printed tabs cannot be added

Ring binding

Ring binding is a simple form of document binding. The pages are printed, hole-punched (2 or 4 holes) and attached to 2 or 4 rings inside the binder. Your ring binder can be printed with a customisable front cover and spine and it is easy to update rin-bound documents. Simply open the metal rings and add or remove the hole-punched pages as needed.

Ring binding is a popular option for training manuals and course materials. A more cost-effective option would be to have a cover and spine printed as well for your ring binder. Ring binders lie flat, however, the pages can be tedious to turn as you have to thread the page through the ring and tearing is inevitable if care isn’t taken.

Pages can be added after the final document has been bound, and pages can also be taken out. This can be both an advantage and disadvantage as people can remove pages as they please and content could then be missing. If you want your delegates to use the training manual regularly afterwards and add more sections in future, then this is recommended. However, ring-bound manuals are also bulkier and aren’t easy to transport in a suitcase or small bag.

Pros Cons
• Sections, chapters or modules can be added easily after binding • Can be costly
• Ring binders can be re-used for other courses afterwards • Potential to be bulky and not easy to travel with
• Can lay flat on a desk
• Sturdy and durable
• Printed tabs can be added before or after binding

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