Booklets: a set of documents folded in half and stapled in the middle; one of the most cost effective ways to bind a book. But where do you start? For such a simple bind, there sure are a lot of ways to make them.
So let’s break it down.
Option 1: Manual Staple / Manual Fold
Center-staple your document using a Manual Long Reach Stapler, then fold your book in half by hand. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
NOTE: The folding process can be made a bit easier with a folding bone, which helps to crease the paper after it’s folded.
Option 2: Manual Fold / Electric Staple
Fold your document in half by hand (see note above regarding the use of a folding bone. Then use an Electric Saddle Stapler, like the Rapid 106 to center-staple your book. You can view a video on this process below:
Notes: You can also purchase a Dual Rapid 106 to staple the two staples at the same time. For documents larger than 40-sheets, upgrade to the DeLuxe Stitchmaster for a ¼” capacity! Check out the video of the StitchMaster in action here:
Option 3: Automatic Fold & Staple
For higher-volume use, consider investing in an electric bookletmaker, such as the Martin Yale 101, ISP Bookletmate or AutoBook for low-volume use, the Akiles BookletMac for mid-volume use and the Standard M2 for higher-volume use.
These machines will fold and staple your documents in one shot!
Booketmakers with trimming capabilities are pretty expensive. As an alternative, use Book Clamps in your guillotine cutter to make the trimming process a breeze!
As always, feel free to contact CFS directly for further information on the bookletmaking process. We’d be happy to help you find the right solution to fit your needs! Tell us about your booklets in the comments below.