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About Wire-o Printing

One of the four binding styles offered by Dazzle Printing is wire-o printing. Often used to bind workbooks, planners, and journals, wire-o printing looks more sophisticated than plastic coil binding. As the name implies, wire-o binding, also called double loop binding, uses wire.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wire-o Printing

Advantages of Wire-o Printing

  • Since wire-o bound books lay flat when opened, these books are easy to follow instructions or write it.
  • Pages can be turned completely around to show just one page instead of two pages at one time.

Disadvantages of wire-o binding include

  • Unlike plastic coils, wire-o will get misshapen if pulled, crushed, or stretched.
  • Due to the wire edges, they are considered less safe for children than plastic coil binding.
  • Wire-o binding is more expensive than saddle stitch and perfect bound binding, but it is cheaper than plastic coil binding.
  • Large margins need to be left on the bound edge of the book so that text is not punched.

How Are Books Wire-o Bound?

For wire-o binding, we print the book on large sheets of paper on our digital presses. We print between 2 and 4 books on each sheet of paper, depending on the finished size of the book. We print the inside pages and covers together in full sets when the covers are not going to be laminated. We print the inside pages and covers separately when the covers will be laminated.

We then cut the inside pages and covers down to the finished size of the books. When covers are laminated, they must be collated with the covers.

The bound edge of the book is then punched on our automatic punch with square holes. The thickness of the book will determine the size of the wire that will be used. The entire book is put on an open wire, which is then shut closed.

When applying the wire, the back cover is placed on top of the front cover. After the wire is attached, the back cover is turned to the back of the book, so that the portion of the wire that has been closed sits between the inside back cover and the last inside page of the book.

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Article on Wire-o Printing

For a more detailed description of the wire-o binding process

Wire-o Printing FAQs

We print four standard sizes for wire-o book printing

(5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 8.5 x 11, and 9 x 12)

but we can also print nonstandard size documents of any

size up to 9 x 12

When ordering a nonstandard size, just use the next larger size on our pricing calculators. For instance, for a 7 x 10 book, you would use the 8.5 x 11 size for pricing.

Yes, we can make landscape books for all sizes of wire-o books. There is a small additional charge for landscape books.

The minimum number of pages for multipage documents, including wire-o binding, is 8 pages. The range of wires that we use is 5/16 of an inch to 1.25 inches. The maximum number of pages for the 1.25 inch wire is 775 pages for 70# coated text stock, 650 pages for 80# coated text stock, 525 pages for 100# coated text stock, 525 pages for 60# uncoated text, and 475 pages for 70# uncoated text.

Yes, for no additional charge, we can print on the inside of the covers. It is important to set up your PDF file correctly so that we can tell whether you want printing on the inside covers. If you want the inside covers to be blank, insert a blank sheet in your PDF after the outside front cover and before the outside back cover. We will assume you want printing on the inside covers when there are no blank pages in the PDF file. You can also put instructions in the notes section of the order form letting us know if you want printing on the inside covers.

Yes, we offer clear and frosted plastic covers as well as a variety of colored back plastic covers. Those options are available under Additional Finishing Options on our pricing calculators.

Yes, we offer several lamination gloss, soft-touch, leather, and linen lamination. In addition to adding durability to the cover, lamination will impact the look of the cover. Colors on your cover will pop with color lamination, while soft-touch lamination will add a silky feel to the cover. A popular option with many of our clients is to laminate the front cover and add a plastic back to the back cover.

Yes, we offer 2 and 4 corner rounding on wire-o printing, but we recommend only 2 corner rounding to keep the book stable. This is a great option for children’s books, planners, and journals.

We require high-resolution PDF files with bleeds of at least 1/8 inch on all four sides of your document.

Files should be submitted as single pages so that we have bleeds on all four sides of the page.

Inspiration for Wire-o Books

We hope you’ll take time to check out some of our Client Spotlights. These spotlights detail the book printed as well as the client’s comments on working with Dazzle Printing. Here are some wire-o books you might want to take a look at:

Contact Us with Questions

When your wire-o book is ready for printing, we hope you’ll consider Dazzle. Our impressive list of benefits includes low printing quantities, reasonable prices, outstanding quality, numerous paper and printing options, free shipping on orders over $399, a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and outstanding customer service. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 1-800-338-4329, email us at help@dazzleprinting.com, or chat with us online (our online chat is in the bottom right corner of every page on our website).

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