Saddle Stitch Booklet Printing

Cheap booklet printing with saddle stitch binding.

Saddle stitch booklets use staples for high-quality, cheap booklet printing.

Stapled booklet printing offers a low-cost, high-impact product that looks and feels very professional. Also called saddle stitched booklets, this unique book binding method is distinct from other binding options. The finishing process folds and staples booklet pages after printing. This reduces the cost compared to other binding types done by hand.

Saddle stitch booklets are high-quality and well-suited for a wide range of professional and creative uses. Saddle stitch binding is a great choice for magazines, event programs, playbills, business reports, student publications, and more.

How does saddle stitch binding use staples?

  1. Pages are arranged and printed 2-up on each side of a sheet.
  2. Sheets are folded in half and nested so pages read in the correct sequence.
  3. Pages are stapled twice on the fold.
  4. Edges are trimmed evenly by the saddle-stitch binding unit.

    Why use saddle stitch binding for cheap booklet printing?

    Stapled booklet printing is ideal for high-volume, short-term use materials such as newsletters, brochures, and mailers. There are several reasons we recommend this binding with staples for the cheapest booklets:

  1. Production Efficiency:
  2. Saddle stitching booklets is a quick and efficient process, which helps reduce production costs. The finishing unit folds double-wide sheets in half after printing and staples booklet pages along the fold. This equates to lower labor and setup costs compared to more complex binding methods. This makes saddlestitch printing the ideal choice for high-quality, affordable booklets.

  3. Material Economy:
  4. Since the booklets are bound with staples, this requires minimal material usage. This means less cost compared to other book binding services. The reduced material consumption also makes saddle stitch binding more environmentally friendly than other choices.

  5. Scalability:
  6. Whether you need a small batch or a large volume, stapled booklet printing is easily scalable. The cost per unit decreases as the quantity increases, allowing you to print cheap booklets in bulk without breaking the bank. This scalability is particularly beneficial for promotional campaigns, trade shows, and seasonal marketing efforts.

Saddle Stitch Binding Page Count

Stapled booklets require page counts in multiples of 4.

This is because larger pages are folded in half and stapled on the fold. Since each sheet creates 4 pages in a booklet, page counts must go in multiples of 4. If you meant to order 1 sheet folded in half to make 4 pages, order this on the 4-Page Half-Fold Newsletters product page instead.

Saddlestitch booklets can accommodate up to 180 pages (double sided) on 20/50# Bond. The page-count cutoff will lower with each increase in paper weight and thickness. Enter your details on the quote/order form to see options.

Booklet Design Tips

Booklet print files should not be spreads.

Please setup your files as "stacked pages," or 1-printed-page per page in your file, not as reader spreads (where two pages appear side by side).


Do not set your pages up as spreads.
Pages will fold/staple out of sequence.


Set them up as single pages instead.
We will auto-sequence the pages for booklet printing.

We automatically sequence each page so that the pages print and read in the right order. Reader spreads will not let us do that and will result in your pages printing out of order. If your pages are already arranged correctly in printer spreads, we can print these but do not recommend setting up your spreads manually.

Cheap booklets don't have to look cheap.

While staples are the most economical booklet binding method, you may want to consider our other book binding options depending on the needs of your project.

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"This is the eighth year our band has used Docucopies to print our annual show concert program booklet. Every time the quality of product, customer support, and turnaround time has been excellent. I know I can wait for last minute ads because I'm not worried that we won't get the booklets in time. I can't find a local printer that would even come close to your prices."George W. - NJ

"This is the second year I have used to create program booklets for my scholarship program. I am completely satisfied with the high-quality and low-cost products! I will definitely refer all my friends and colleagues to your site and I will absolutely use your site again next year! Thank you! Also, I worked with Ashlee via email before placing my order and she was extremely friendly and helpful."Mandi S.

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Saddle Stitch Booklet FAQ

Are you printing stapled booklets for the first time? Find answers here.

Is saddlestitch booklet printing affordable?

Saddle-stitch booklets uses staples to make high-quality, cheap booklets. Because there is little (if any) hand finishing involved, stapled booklets are typically the most affordable way to bind your book, catalog or newsletter.

What are saddle stitch booklets?

Saddle stitch binding creates 4 printed pages out of each individual sheet of paper. For 8.5x11 booklets, 2 pages are printed on each side of an 11x17 sheet, creating 4 - 8.5x11 pages out of each. The booklet printer folds the sheets, nests them together and staples them through the fold, or saddle. Because the folding and stapling is done by machine, this keeps the costs low. This makes saddlestitch booklets ideal for material such as product catalogs, magazines, newsletters, student publications, event guides and more.

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Why do saddle stitch booklet page counts go in 4's?

This is because of the way saddle-stitch booklets are printed.

Picture an 8-page stapled booklet which is sized 8.5x11. If you were to open to the center spread and pull out the staples, you would see that the booklet is actually only made from 2 - 11x17 sheets. Because each 11x17 sheet produces 4 - 8.5x11 pages (2 on each side), this is the only way pages can be counted.

If your booklet page count doesn't quite reach a multiple of 4, you can add more content or just add blank pages to get there.

Companies like, who are printing hundreds of thousands of sheets per day or more, are able to negotiate a much lower click rate than local walk-in copy shops because of the volume. This means we can charge you less.

Do you print 4-page stapled booklets?

Because a 4-page booklet is only 1 sheet folded in half, we categorize this product under Newsletters and Brochures:

4-Page Half Fold Newsletters

What paper should I use to avoid show-through to the backside?

To avoid show-through in your booklet pages, we recommend the 32/80# Text options or heavier. In our experience this is a safe choice for booklets printed with photos, graphics and text alike.

For booklets where most of the content is text, most people are happy with the 28/70# Text Smooth. This is a mid-weight paper and has minimal show-through, which is much less noticeable with text-oriented pages where the text is more or less aligned back-to-ba3k.

Will I receive a digital proof before you print?

In most cases, we do not automatically send a digital proof. If you do want a digital proof first, no problem! Just request this in the Job Notes. The reason for this is that the vast majority of files are setup correctly and require no reformatting or proofing. Most customers also want their job as fast as possible. Unfortunately with email, there is always the risk that the digital proof could end up in the Spam, Junk or Promotions folder, which is more likely to cause a delay in production than it is to stop a misprint from occurring.

But there are some cases in which we must receive proof approval before we can print. This includes:

  • Files which are not uploaded as JPG, PNG or PDF
  • Any time we make file edits at your request
  • If we happen to notice something that looks "wrong" but aren't sure

Is there a limit for saddle-stitch binding page count?

Because of the way saddle-stitch booklets are printed, there are page-count limitations due to the thickness of the paper and length of the staples. The page limit for your booklets will depend on the paper you select.

20/50# Bond provides the largest page capacity (up to 180 pages).

Higher quality paper like the 32/80# Gloss is capped at 48 pages, while middle-weight papers fall in between.

Can you mail saddle-stitched booklets?

Yes we can. Select a Bulk Mailing option on the order form and upload your mailing list (Excel or CSV) with your files. If you need them folded in half and tabbed closed, this requires a custom quote: please fill in your job details to the best of your ability (including Bulk Mailing) and click "Save as Quote." Then you can email us and let us know you need pricing for folding and tabbing.

Saddle stitch booklets can also be mailed using Every Door Direct Mail. This lets you choose specific mailing routes on a map, and USPS delivers your booklets to every address in your target areas. No mailing list is required. Select EDDM under bulk mailing to choose your targeted mailing routes.

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