Why are O ring (pun intended) binding a preferred method to spiral bound? We designed and printed this recent workbook for author/teacher David Bedell of Destiny Writers for his teaching and coaching program.
Since his students would be writing in the workbook, it needed to be able to lay flat. So that eliminated saddle stitch, perfect, or velo binding as options.
Wire-O (or Spiral-O) bind book printing or Spiral binding (or Coil binding) were two of the preferred options that made sense based on the desires of the author and the function of the workbook.
Many people automatically think and/or ask for spiral binding mainly because that is the term they hear commonly. But if you’ve ever experienced that type of binding start to unravel, you’ll understand what a nuisance that can be. Especially if you are going to be using the book frequently.
That is why Wire-O, also referred to as Spiral-O (I call it Wire-O to avoid confusing the terms), can be a better type of binding because the coils are more secured and don’t become unraveled.
The other issue we had to address was that this first run of books were going to be a fairly short (small volume) run which not all printers can do at reasonable price.
Fortunately, one of our existing print vendors could accommodate every facet of this project. They had a digital press to accommodate a short run job as well as the binding equipment to do the Wire-O without having to outsource it.
So, whenever you are deciding on the type of binding to use on your next book, take into account how the book will be used, how it will look and what cost considerations there may be. If you’re still not sure, seek out a print broker like High Point Marketing, Inc. that can help you with those types of decisions.