After the Contents of the High School Yearbook, the Bindings

So, you have just finished gathering the materials from the photos to the articles of the upcoming high school yearbook. You have also worked out the final designs on the covers, pages and layout of the yearbook to everybody’s satisfaction. You are ready to submit everything to the printer for the final process.

But before doing so, you must discuss with the printer about the best type of binding for your yearbook. Keep in mind that the contents of yearbooks must be kept safe and secure within the covers and doing so means choosing the right binding. Each binding has its pros and cons for different thicknesses and types of yearbooks and it pays to know which is which.

Spiral Binding

In many a high school yearbook, the most common binding is spiral binding and for good reasons, too. The insertion of the plastic or wire bindings provide for several opportunities to insert additional pages, when necessary, although it may require professional handling. The documents can also be laid flat and doubled over, which are useful features for thick yearbooks.
If your high school yearbook is 24 inches in length and several inches in thickness, then spiral binding is your better option. Just make sure to choose the right size of the spiral coils to fit the thickness of the yearbook itself.

Saddle Stitching

Magazines, calendars and catalogs are manufactured using the saddle stitching technique with soft covers. Saddle stitching requires wire staples to hold the pages and the cover together, thus, allowing for an almost flat configuration when the high school yearbook is opened.

It must be emphasized, however, that not all yearbooks can be bound using saddle stitching technology. Certain requirements must be met including that the document must be 8 pages long at least and increasing in length in 4-page increments.

If your high school yearbook is 64-80 pages and weighs approximately 60 to 70 pounds, then saddle stitching is your best option. Any yearbook with more pages and more weight requires another type of binding lest everything comes falling out.

Perfect Binding

The best binding for a thick yearbook is perfect binding. It works well with thick magazines, technical manuals and annual reports, too, mainly because the glue can support heavy weights. It can hold any thickness starting from 1/8-inch and almost any trim size.

You will observe that many a high school yearbook from years past is actually in perfect binding. These yearbooks are more durable because of the adhesive glue used and the type of technology applied during the binding process.

Which of these bindings are best for your yearbook? It depends on its thickness, length and trim as well as the design. You must carefully discuss your options with the printer before actual printing starts. In fact, you must start the discussion on the matter in the second meeting to be on the safe side.

Ultimately, how well your high school yearbook holds up through the years is as important as how well the photos have been taken, how well the articles have been written, and how well the layout has been done.

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