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Keep Loose Pages Together With Our Book Binding Services

Our selection of book binding services will keep your books bound together, while adding that professional touch to your project.

Saddle-Stitch Book

Absolutely essential to create a respectable looking product.

Book binding is the process of physically assembling a book by attaching a cover to a block of pages or leaves. The binding of a book can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the purpose of the book, the budget, and the desired aesthetic.

One of the primary benefits of book binding is the protection it provides to the pages. Without a binding, pages can become loose, damaged, or lost over time. Binding a book keeps the pages together and helps to prevent damage, making the book more durable and long-lasting.


Another benefit of book binding is that it allows for customization and personalization. Different types of bindings can be used to create different looks and feel for a book. Binding gives a book a more professional and formal appearance. A softcover binding gives a book a more casual and relaxed feel. Book binding also allows for custom covers, such as those featuring a company logo or an individual’s name.

Book binding can also add value to a book. A well-bound book with a beautiful cover and high-quality pages can be seen as a work of art and can command a higher price. Additionally, a book that has been professionally bound may be more appealing to collectors, who often look for well-preserved books.

Finally, book binding can enhance the reading experience. A book that has been bound with care and attention to detail can be more comfortable to hold and easier to read. The binding can also add to the aesthetic appeal of the book, making it more enjoyable to read.

Overall, book binding is an important process that adds value, protection, and customization to books. Whether it’s a professional publication, a personal journal, or a gift for a loved one, bookbinding can enhance the appearance and longevity of a book while also improving the reading experience.

Color Right Now is the best print company for bookbinding Calgary has to offer!

What are my book binding options?

Color Right Now provides a variety of finishing services to help make your documents look as professional and presentable as possible! We provide White Plastic Coil, Black Plastic Coil, Silver Plastic Coil, Black Wire-O, White Wire-O, Silver Wire-O, Staples, Staple in top left corner, Dual side staples, Dual top staples, Saddle-stitch booklet stapling, White Cerlox, Black Cerlox, and Perfect Binding. Add a polished look to your document that has binding such as cerlox, coil or wire-o with front and back covers. We offer clear/gloss, frosted, black or White cardstock covers.

Saddle-Stitch Books

Also known as magazine-stitching, saddle-stitching is the process of binding pages together by stapling the spine of the book.

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Perfect-Bound Books

Perfect-binding is another phrase for soft-cover books; when content pages are glued together via the spine into a book with a soft cover.

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Coil-Bound Books

Excellent for manuals, handbooks, or other professional guidelines, coil-bound books are hole-punches and held together by plastic or metal coils.

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The advantages of coil book binding

Coil Binding, also known as Spiral Binding, is a common method for joining the pages and cover of a bound document.

It utilizes a durable plastic or metal coil that is inserted and twisted through small holes punched along the spinal edge of the book’s cover and pages. The coil joins the pages and cover as an assembly, yet still allows them to open freely.

Of all the softcover book binding methods we offer, coil binding is probably third in popularity behind saddle-stitching and perfect binding. That’s probably because it is not quite as low cost as the saddle-stitching method nor does it offer a flat, printable spine like perfect binding. However, coil binding does offer several distinct advantages which I have summarized below.

The pages can be opened a full 360 degrees. A coil bound book can fold all the way back upon itself and yet still remain flat, so it provides for easy reference while taking up minimal room on a desk or table. This makes coil binding an excellent choice for reports, sales presentations, proposals, directories, cookbooks, instructional books and maintenance manuals. Atlases and travel guides are also commonly coil bound because they are easier to manage when traveling. And because they can open fully, it prevents important information from getting buried near the book’s spine.

The pages turn easily and stay put. When opened, the pages of a coil bound book rotate around the coil with very little resistance. So unlike other binding styles, coil bound pages have no spinal tension in them. This allows the pages of a coil bound document to stay put without having to be continually held open to view the contents. In addition to books, wall calendars are often coil bound so the pages flip easily and the lack of spinal tension allows them to hang flat against the wall.

It can accommodate low page counts or high page counts. Coils come in a variety of diameters to accommodate books of varying thicknesses. The more pages the book has, the larger the coil diameter must be for proper function and aesthetics. As mentioned, the coils can be plastic or metal, but are more commonly plastic because of the wider range of color choices. Also, plastic coils resist distortion better than metal coils, so keep that in mind if you plan to send your books, calendars or other bound documents through the mail.

It works well with index tabs. Because the coil binding method allows pages to turn freely and stay put without the need to manually hold them open, it is often the best choice for bound projects that require tabbed page dividers. Dividers with printed tabs are the perfect complement to any reference document – such as a report, presentation, training manual, directory, etc. – because they allow the user to quickly locate a specific page or topic. The tabs are often printed in varying colors and/or coded numerically to make them even easier to use.

It is a readily available binding method. coil binding has widespread appeal, particularly for shorter production runs. Its popularity stems from the fact that it is a rather straightforward process that requires no adhesives, folded signatures or extensive preparation. Also, the coils are often inventoried in a variety of shapes and colors to complement a wide range of documents.

The advantages of perfect book binding

Perfect binding is a process, commonly used by printers and bookmakers, where an adhesive is applied to the spine of the cover then the pages are added and are bound together with the adhesive then the cover is wrapped around them. Once the glue has dried, three of the sides are trimmed to create the finished publication to create a clean, crisp and professional printed product.

Perfect binding has a number of compelling benefits. Firstly, and most importantly for many, it’s very affordable. Not only are perfectly bound books more cost effective than hardcover binding methods, perfect binding can be used on relatively small print runs, allowing customers to create high quality printed products on a budget.

Another benefit of perfect binding is that it creates a flat spine that can then be printed on. This allows information such as the title of the publication and author to appear on the spine.

Perfect bound books also tend to be lighter than their hardcover cousins. This means that they are easier to ship. The easier it is to distribute your book, the more copies you can move and presumably sell as well.

What project are you looking to complete? Perfect binding is hugely versatile, as you can use it for portfolios, graphics novels, and nonfiction books. It’s also useful for standard novels as well.
More Presentable
You might think that because it is less expensive, perfect binding produces imperfect or lower-quality results. In fact, perfect binding can give you something presentable just as easily as hardcover binding can.

More Durable Spine
Another option you can consider during the perfect binding process is how thick you want to the spine to be. The thicker the spine, the more resilient it is. Plus, depending on the thickness, you can stamp the title of the book and the name of the author onto the spine as well.

More Pages
One last consideration you will want to think about is how long your manuscript is. The format of the book determines its trim size, and these factors are influenced by how high the page count is and how thick the spine will need to be.

The advantages of saddle-stitch book binding

Saddle stitching is the most basic, inexpensive and commonly accepted form of binding for periodicals, booklets, catalogs, etc. The pages are printed, saddle stitched and then trimmed to size.
Starting with as little as eight pages, this form of binding is suitable for brochures made of the same weight sheets inside and out (self covers) as well as those that have a thicker cover and thinner inside text pages (plus cover).

How much does custom printing cost?

We are price competitive with our local print shop competitors.  If you have custom printing requirements, please contact us at 403-263-7575 and we will provide you with a customized quote based on the specific project you need to be printed.  You can request an estimate online as well.

Free training on how to build your files

Our how-to page is loaded with many tutorials on how to design your own booklets and many other products. Once you have your file print ready, use this file upload page and get your project started!

We design books and booklets

So you don’t know how to design. Color Right Now has you covered, check out our graphic design services! We have been proudly designing and printing for businesses and organizations for over 25 years.

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Are you inquiring about where to print in Calgary? Color Right Now is located in the beltline just steps from the downtown core with free parking. Come see us for your next project.

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