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What are the best printers to purchase for printing a perfect bind magazine?

This is a good question. There are many options that one has to print perfect bound magazines. Perhaps it would behoove us to go more into detail about the magazine binding process before addressing your specific question about magazine printing.


The two most common ways of binding a magazine are via saddle stitching and perfect binding. Saddle stitch is when a magazine is bound using a “stitching” machine that places two or three large staples in the spine of the magazine. Essentially, if you take any saddle stitched magazine and turn to the middle of the publication, you will see some staples placed in the center spread. Saddle stitching is the least expensive option for binding a magazine and is done immediately after the printed pages come off the press.

The second option is to use a perfect bound process. Unlike saddle stitching, perfect binding involves using a glue or adhesive to bind the pages together after the magazine has been printed. A perfect bound magazine has a “squared” spine and a very clean appearance. Perfect binding is more expensive than saddle stitching and is a process that involves additional time as the adhesive utilized in the binding process has to “set” or dry before doing the final trim of the publication.



With this added perspective on the binding process, it is now possible to explore some options that one has in regard to printing a magazine. First, it should be stated, most magazines are printed using an offset press. The latter are huge machines that are usually situated in warehouses and they are not the type of printers that just anyone can purchase down at the neighborhood computer store.



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