Spiral (or Coil) binding book printing is great for instruction and repair manuals, cookbooks, directories, handbooks, guides, and other reference materials.  Coil binding is also referred to as Spiral book binding.

Spiral book binding uses a plastic coil that is more durable, allows for frequent use, and can accommodate a higher page count. The plastic color coil that is locked at the ends after being passed through holes punched in the book. Great for directories, calendars, annual reports, cookbooks, and more. There are many color options for the color of the coil.

The Benefits of Spiral Binding

  • It allows books to lay flat. Where a glued perfect binding is best for a hand-held book, spiral binding is preferred for materials that will need to lay flat on a desk, workbench, or possibly a podium. This is especially handy for manuals and guides that provide instructions—allowing for the use of one’s hands (on computers, during technical repairs, assembly, maintenance, etc.). 
  • Great for note books and easel-type products like calendars.
  • Different types and thicknesses of paper can be added for the covers.
  • Is durable as coil tends to spring back into original shape even if pulled or crushed.
  • Spiral binding is safer for children.
  • Pages can be added or removed after binding. Though rare, there may be an occasion when a mistake exists on a page within spiral-bound document or a section has updated with new information. Instead of throwing out an entire shipment and reprinting new books, spiral binding can be unwound to allow for the removal, addition, or substitution of pages.
  • It can accommodate a wide range of page counts. When it comes to spiral bindings, the number of pages is virtually irrelevant. Large or small, all that needs to change is the size of the plastic or metal binding piece. 
  • It can be folded entirely over. Spiral binding can be opened in a full-360-motion to allow for a focus on a single page. This is especially handy for when the book is large or desktop space is limited — such as in a classroom setting. 

Application & Preference

When selecting a binding style for your documents, its important to carefully consider the application of the document.

  • What will be the intended extent of its useful life?
  • Will it only be used for a weekend convention or is it intended to be the user manual for office equipment for years of service?
  • Are its intended recipients on the move or will the manual likely remain under one roof?
  • Will it be useful for those who consult this document to lay it flat, such as those who consult it as a manual for fixing equipment?

All of these questions and more can help you select the proper binding for your documents.

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