Benefits Of Coil Binding

By: Shawn Nag  |  Posted In: Print News, Tips & Tricks  |  May 21, 2010

Coil binding can be held as a pseudonym for Spiral binding. In this book binding method the pages and the cover of the book are joined together using a durable plastic or a metal coil which is of the shape of a long spring. This coil is inserted after twisting in small holes or punched slots along the spinal edge of the book’s cover and pages. Pitch in terms of coil binding is the number of holes that are punched per inch. This count varies from 3 to 5 with 4 holes per inch being the standard norm. After the spiral coil is inserted through the pitch, the cover and the pages are crimped together to make sure that both the ends stay in place.

As coil binding is gaining in popularity there are more and more customizable options available in the market. Today the coils are found in a variety of colors to complement with the book’s cover. The spiral coils are also found in varying diameters to suit any diameter of book. It is a known fact that the more pages a book has larger should be the coil diameter. The material for the coils can also be chosen among metal and plastic. Metals should be used if a book would be sent to some other location while the plastic ones are more fancy looking.

There are many benefits of coil binding over the other dominant forms that has led to its wide usage. Let us take up a few instances:

  • Though the spiral coil holds the pages and the cover together but it allows the book to open freely. This is not the case in other binding methods where some part of text within the book might be pressed if the pages are not precisely resized.
  • The coil binded books can be opened at 360 degrees i.e. cover to cover. So no part of the text within book has chances of getting pressed whether or not the pages are resized precisely.
  • It allows the open book to fold back itself and yet remain flat. This allows it to stay open in case of quick reference and also takes little room on a desk or table. Thus it is a popular option for sales presentations, reports, proposals, cookbooks, instruction manuals, etc.
  • No information is buried due to the binding.

Though coil binding is a great way to get your book protected but you have to select a good company that has expertize in offering such binding services. Print Papa is a great option as they have years of experience in this field. They not only offer printing services but also print promotional materials such as books, posters, notepads, banners, etc.