Booklets can serve many purposes and take any shape or size. Useful as program guides, manuals, directories, event schedules, informational handouts, sponsor listings, and anything else you can think of, booklets are an attractive and cost-effective way to organize large amounts of information. Most of our booklets are saddle-stitched: an old school term for folding each page in half and stapling them together in the spine. Pick up the magazine or owner’s manual nearest to you; if it has two staples in the spine, that’s a saddle-stitched booklet!
Saddle-Stitching and the Rule of Four
Saddle-stitched booklets must have a final page count that is a multiple of four, due to how they are printed and assembled. Since the booklet’s pages are folded in half before assembly, each single sheet of paper actually holds four pages worth of content. For example, an 8.5×11″ booklet with eight pages is printed on two 12×18″ sheets of paper, which are then collated, folded, trimmed and stapled to create the final booklet.
That being said, it’s not the end of the world if you are a few pages short! If you find yourself with a final number of pages not divisible by 4, here are some solutions:
- Add a “notes” section at the end of your booklet, with blank or lined pages.
- Incorporate some pages with photos or graphics.
- Leave the extra pages blank—you’ve probably seen “this page intentionally left blank,” and now you know why!
- Your extra pages don’t have to be at the beginning or end of the booklet; try expanding on the existing pages.
If you’re using a professional graphic designer, they should already be aware of these requirements. If not, we can help you out! Contact our prepress department for solutions we can execute on our end.