Coil Bound Books
AKA Spiral Bound Books
Best for books that are going to be used a lot.
Coil binding is a popular binding method for functional books. Books that you plan on using regularly, and opening and closing frequently. Recipe books, annual reports, training manuals, reference books, and diaries all work brilliantly with coil binding. The main advantage of coil binding is that the books can be opened 360 degrees and lay flat on a surface.
When producing a coil bound book the inside book pages are sandwiched between two sheets of card (a front and back cover). Holes are then punched in to the spine edge of the book, before a plastic coil is threaded and twisted through the holes to form the binding.
We can print coil bound books in a range of sizes: A6, A5, and A4.
The size you choose will depend on what your book is. A workbook or cookery book is likely to be printed A4, whereas a diary or reference book will probably be A5.
Our instant price calculator is able to work out the cost of printing your coil bound book in any of the regular sizes. If you would like a quote for a custom size, get in touch with a member of the team on (01733) 898 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is 'should I print my book in colour or in black and white?'
There are lots of factors that will help you make a decision. If your book is plain text, then it's simple. Black and white all the way. But if your book features images you have a decision to make.
Black and white printing is less expensive; our online calculator can demonstrate the cost difference. That being said, often the look of the book is more important than saving a few pounds. If you've written a recipe book you will likely want the images to be in colour. If you want to print primarily in black and white with a few colour pages, there is a third option: colour inserts. If we mainly print in black and white with a few pages printed in colour, you can save quite a bit of money.
There is no minimum page count for coil bound books and they can feature up to 600 pages.
The main design criteria to take into account is the impact of the coil binding. The holes that the coil threads into will encroach into your page by 7mm, so any text should be kept at least 10mm away from the bind edge of the book.
Use our pre-formatted book templates to help create a print ready coil bound book. If you think it would be easier if we designed your book for you, take a look at our design services or get in touch with a member of the team.