Some people think that printing booklets will be easy, just because their office’s laser printer allegedly has a booklet printing and folding function. In reality, printing booklets or brochures is much more complex than that, and it can be extremely stressful. In truth, the most straightforward office production tasks can go wrong. Beyond that, booklet layout and office printing settings can be confusing, even for experts! Here are just a few issues you may experience:
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Let’s start by clarifying what exactly a “booklet” is! A booklet is smaller than a book and typically bound using saddle stitching, though customers should note that they can take advantage of other finishing methods and formats for booklet projects. For instance, wire binding allows booklets to lie flat and use thicker stock, including different thicknesses of cardboard. Even small paperbacks can be assembled using perfect binding and can still technically be considered a booklet.
We frequently answer questions about how large or small booklets can be! One common question we get asked is whether or not Bestype offers small booklet options, and how many pages a booklet can contain. When designing a booklet using desktop publishing software, the application orders the pages for you, making small booklet printing as easy as printing a jumbo, oversize booklet, or magazine. A booklet can have as few as eight pages of content, and as many as 64 pages, depending on the binding style used to create the project. Common booklet projects include:
The most important part to remember in designing a standard booklet is that each booklet has to have a total page count that is a multiple of four—meaning the printer uses two sheets of paper to produce eight pages of content. Booklets that contain less content need to plan on an even number of pages. Sometimes people make design choices that create blank pages to compensate for page counts of less than 20 pages, but this is a waste of valuable paper. Bestype technicians can help you create better layouts for your booklet to optimize your paper usage.
Booklets can be printed as short-run projects of 50 to 100 copies, or we can produce many more. You can give away booklet handouts to anyone who wants to know more about you. If you’re a community organization, your content can highlight your history, programs, and current leadership, and you can include contact card inserts for volunteer recruiting. Your business can use booklets to spread the news about products and sales or even highlight your company’s participation in a cause you care about. How you use our booklet printing services is entirely up to you. Your only limits are your budget and your imagination.
Many professionals, particularly those who work in non-design fields, may not be familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop and InDesign or have access to Microsoft Office Publisher. Bestype can work with the files that you’ve created using any word processing application, including MS Word, Apple Pages, Google Docs, and more. If you have drafted your document using an online platform with a booklet template, we can print it for you from a PDF export. If you use a Windows or Mac desktop application and have your graphics ready for us, we will even organize your booklet layout and print it for you.
When you work with us, you can trust that we know how to print a booklet in Word, we understand Adobe’s printing settings, and we can use Adobe PDF to bring your project to life. We agree with you that nothing about printing from these apps is intuitive. All you need to do is prepare your content for booklet printing, and we will take care of exporting your document into the proper format. While Mac users can automatically save their Pages or Word documents in Preview or as an Adobe PDF, this gets more expensive for Windows users, which requires a paid Adobe subscription. We can solve all of these problems for you.
Booklets can be custom-sized, but most commonly, they are printed on double-sided pages using saddle-stitching and come in two standard sizes, 5.5″ x 8.5″ and 8.5″ x 11″ (measured when folded and closed). Digital printing makes booklet assembly, folding, and binding fast and easy: the printer prints duplex pages, binds the pages together using staples, and folds the booklet together. Our print technology offers the flexibility to accommodate two neat options to match different cover stock to your project’s style and offers inclusions like tear-off cards.
Saddle-stitching is the most common binding for booklets, creating booklets with a minimum of eight pages. Standard-sized saddle staples can punch through more sheets, but how many pages a booklet can hold depends on the weight and thickness of the paper you select for your printing project. The page count also affects the ability of the printed booklet to lie flat and for the cover to remain closed. We recommend that saddle-stitched standard booklets contain 8 to no more than 64 pages of text. Some of the options we offer at Bestype include:
Is your goal to channel your creative idea and passion into a magazine or journal? Bestype’s booklet printing service can work with you to publish your creative vision in vibrant colors! Organizations can take advantage of available and affordable full-color printing. Informative content looks impressive when professionally set. Events and dates stand out and creative editorials set readers’ imaginations on fire. Small-format magazines are the ideal size for more straightforward content and ideas. Large-format magazines are good vehicles for broader concepts, more extensive graphics, and longer-form articles.
Magazines are available in different sizes ranging from small booklets (5.5″ x 8.5″) to large formats (8.5″ x 11″). We carry many varieties of cover stock, including multiple matte and cardboard finishes. The paper contained between magazine covers can be glossy or matte—the choice is really up to you. Either style of magazine printing suits digital or offset full-color graphics, or black and white. We typically bind magazines with glue to a spinal strip, known as perfect binding, or offer saddle-stitching through the center.
Digital printing lets anyone print a short run of booklets. Bestype works with individuals, schools, colleges, training programs, and other small businesses that need to print a limited short run of books for specific purposes. Short or long, any size project is a candidate for digital printing. We can print your documents in full digital color or grayscale, sepia, or black and white. Full-color digital printing produces professional catalogs for mail or distribution, eye-catching mini lookbooks for casual browsing (or intense shopping), and magazine-style booklets that market your products or cause. Short printing runs can accommodate as few as 50 to 100 copies and as many as thousands of editions if that’s what you need.
Booklet printing services don’t need to be expensive—we offer cheap printing options using our digital press, an economical range of paper options, and saddle-stitch binding. Depending on how many booklets you need to print, even offset printing may fit your options for cost-effective printing. Please talk with us about what you need and what your budget looks like, and we will guide you to an affordable solution for your booklet project that won’t break the bank.
Customizing printing projects is our passion and we would love to assist you with your next project. You can use the form on our website to get a quote for your custom booklet just by inputting some details and information about the project. We can accommodate rush requests too, though this does involve an additional fee. You can talk to us about your due date and what type of printing project you’re working on, then simply upload your files with a few clicks.
Conveniently located in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, our print shop is easily reached by public transportation from anywhere in New York. Our customers aren’t limited to NYC designers and graphic arts professionals—we offer the same support and project production excellence to everyone who prints with us. You can trust us to help you with your next printing project. We offer an accessible entryway into publishing for any individual or nonprofit organization that wants to dive headfirst into booklet and magazine publishing.
Our digital printing services are affordable and ecologically friendly. We can print short runs—this makes it easy to try out new ideas and build circulation. Bestype maintains a supply inventory of everything that we need to print your booklet, including various cover stock options. We print everything we produce in-house, including color booklets in NYC. When you give us even the most minor project, we publish it on our equipment with no outsourcing. We carefully schedule jobs and technician staffing so we can promise a fast turnaround for your project.
If you need booklet printing, Bestype’s New York City print experts are always available to lend their wisdom to your most vexing formatting and layout questions. Our initial consultation about your printing project will map out tasks from start to finish. Let us help choose your interior paper and cover stock, and whether to print using our digital printers or offset. We can even help you navigate which binding method works best for your concept. Whether you’re printing a magazine, catalog, or manual, our New York team members will offer you the same guidance and printing expertise you need at every step of the publishing process.
At Bestype, printing is performed in our Soho print shop using state-of-the-art equipment.
Our booklet printing expertise supports personal creative projects, education and nonprofit causes, and commercial publication. We offer everyone in NYC decades of booklet printing expertise, and we can print anything you need, all at a reasonable cost:
Bestype’s doors are open to you during convenient business hours, and we would welcome the chance to help you plan your booklet printing project. We can also rescue you from booklet printing nightmare scenarios. Or you can call or email us to receive a complimentary consultation to start your booklet printing project. Our specialists will answer any questions you have and help guide you in printing a successful booklet run with us. We’ll give you a custom quote for printing and binding services and offer so much more.