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Book Binding Machines & Booklet Makers

Books are one of the largest segments of printing. Despite market trends and the rise of the e-reader, print manufacturers are still making lots of profit making books. Those who are most successful in this modern age of booklet making do so by making themselves efficient at producing short runs. Modern automated equipment, like book binding machines, that sets up quickly and produces quality books without waste is what keeps book publishers profitable.

Bookletmaking is one of Mid-State Litho's true specialties. We have installed tons of perfect binding, saddle stitching and mechanical binding systems. Some extremely high production workflows include three knife trimmers and even small manual punching machines for spiral binding Whether you're looking for a comb binding machine or an electric coil binding machine, you can find it here at MSL.

Read more about types of binding at the bottom of this page.

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Akiles BookletMac Automatic Booklet Maker Akiles BookletMac Automatic Booklet Maker

Akiles BookletMac Automatic Booklet Maker

Akiles Versamac+ Heavy Duty Punch with Auto Ejector & Stacker Akiles Versamac+ Heavy Duty Modular Punch

Akiles Versamac+ Heavy Duty Punch with Auto Ejector & Stacker

Horizon HT-30C Three-Side Trimmer Horizon HT-30C Three-Side Trimmer

Horizon HT-30C Three-Side Trimmer

Akiles DuoMac - C41ECI Combo Binding Equipment Akiles DuoMac C41ECI 4:1 Coil Binding Equipment

Akiles DuoMac C41ECI 4:1 Coil Binding Equipment

Standard Horizon BQ-160 Binder + CRB-160 Cover Creaser Standard Horizon BQ-160 Binder + CRB-160 Cover Creaser

Horizon BQ-160 Binder + CRB-160 Cover Creaser

Horizon BQ-470 Binder + HT-80 Trimmer Horizon BQ-470 Binder + HT-80 Trimmer

Horizon BQ-470 Binder + HT-80 Trimmer

Akiles CombMac 24E Electric Comb Binding Equipment Akiles CombMac 24E Electric Comb Binding Equipment

Akiles CombMac 24E Electric Comb Binding Equipment

Modular Bookletmaking System Morgana BM350 Bookletmaking System

Morgana BM350 Modular Bookletmaking Solution

Morgana BM500 Modular Bookletmaking Solution Morgana BM500 Bookletmaking System

Morgana BM500 Modular Bookletmaking Solution

Akiles DuoMac - C41ECI Plus Combo Binding Equipment Akiles DuoMac C41ECI+ 4:1 Coil Binding Equipment

Akiles DuoMac C41ECI Plus 4:1 Coil Binding Equipment

MBM Sprint 3000 Bookletmaker MBM Sprint 3000 Bookletmaker

MBM Sprint 3000 Bookletmaker jogs, staples and folds in one operation.

MBM Sprint 5000 Bookletmaker MBM Sprint 5000 Bookletmaker

MBM Sprint 5000 Bookletmaker jogs, staples and folds in one operation.

MBM StitchMaster MBM StitchMaster

MBM StitchMaster Wire Stitcher

NEW Standard Horizon BQ-480 Perfect Binder Horizon BQ-480 Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-480 Perfect Binder

Akiles FlexiPunch-M Plastic Comb Binding Die Akiles FlexiPunch-M Plastic Comb Binding Die

Akiles FlexiPunch-M Plastic Comb Binding Die

Our Price: $190.00
Akiles FlexiPunch-M Coil 4:1 Round Pitch 0.2475" Binding Die Akiles FlexiPunch-M Coil 4:1 Round Pitch 0.2475" Binding Die

Akiles FlexiPunch-M Coil 4:1 Round Pitch 0.2475" Binding Die

Our Price: $190.00
Akiles FlexiPunch-E Coil 4:1 Round Pitch 0.2475" Binding Die Akiles FlexiPunch-E Coil 4:1 Round Pitch 0.2475" Binding Die

Akiles FlexiPunch-E Coil 4:1 Round Pitch 0.2475" Binding Die

Our Price: $190.00
Horizon StitchLiner Mark III Horizon StitchLiner Mark III

Standard Horizon StitchLiner Mark III

Spiel Sterling DigiBinder Super Automatic Perfect Binder Spiel Sterling DigiBinder Super

Sterling DigiBinder Super Automatic Perfect Binder

Akiles Finish@Coil-M Electric Inserter & Manual Crimpers Akiles Finish@Coil-M Electric Inserter & Manual Crimpers

Akiles Finish@Coil-M Electric Inserter & Manual Crimpers

Akiles Roll@Coil Electric Coil Inserter Akiles Roll@Coil Electric Coil Inserter

The Akiles Roll@Coil makes coil inserting easy and effective.

Akiles WireMac 31 Wire Punch & Binding Machine Akiles WireMac 31 Wire Punch & Binding Machine

Akiles WireMac 31 Wire Punch & Binding Machine

Akiles WireMac 21 Wire Punch & Binding Machine Akiles WireMac 21 Wire Punch & Binding Machine

Akiles WireMac 21 Wire Punch & Binding Machine

Standard Horizon BQ-280PUR BQ-280PUR Perfect Binder

Standard Horizon BQ-280 PUR Perfect Binder

Standard Horizon HT-1000V Variable Three-Knife Trimmer Horizon HT-1000V Variable Three-Knife Trimmer

Standard Horizon HT-1000V Variable Three-Knife Trimmer

Horizon BQ-160 Perfect Binder Horizon BQ-160 Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-160 Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-160 PUR Perfect Binder Horizon BQ-160 PUR Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-160 PUR Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-470 4-Clamp Automatic Perfect Binder Horizon BQ-470 4-Clamp Automatic Perfect Binder

Standard BQ-470 Perfect Binder, Fully Automated 4-Clamp Perfect Binding System

Horizon BQ-460 Perfect Binder Horizon BQ-460 Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-460 Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-470V Variable Perfect Binder Horizon BQ-470V Variable Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-470V Variable Perfect Binder

Horizon CABS 4000 Perfect Binding System Horizon CABS 4000 Perfect Binding System

Horizon CABS 4000 Perfect Binding System

Horizon SB-15 Perfect Binder Horizon SB-15 Perfect Binder

Horizon SB-15 Perfect Binder

Akiles iComb Electric Comb Binding System Akiles iComb Electric Comb Binding System

Akiles iComb Electric Comb Binding System

Akiles MegaBind-1 Punching Equipment Akiles MegaBind-1 Punching & Binding Equipment

Akiles MegaBind-1 Punching Equipment

Akiles MegaBind-2 Punching & Binding Equipment Akiles MegaBind-2 Punching & Binding Equipment

Akiles MegaBind-2 Punching & Binding Equipment

Akiles MegaBind-1E Punching & Binding Equipment Akiles MegaBind-1E Punching & Binding Equipment

Akiles MegaBind-1E Punching & Binding Equipment

Horizon StitchLiner 5500 Horizon StitchLiner 5500

Horizon StitchLiner 5500, Integrated Saddlestitching System

Standard BQ-P60 Tabletop Binder Standard BQ-P60 Tabletop Binder

Standard BQ-P60 Tabletop Binder

Horizon BQ-270V Perfect Binder Horizon BQ-270V Perfect Binder

Horizon BQ-270V Perfect Binder

Challenge CMT 130 Book Trimmer Challenge CMT 130 Book Trimmer

Challenge Machinery CMT-130 Book Trimmer

Akiles CoilMac-M Manual Plus Coil Punch with Insert Table Akiles CoilMac-M41+ Manual Coil Punch (Plus)

Akiles CoilMac-M41 Manual Plus Coil Punch with Insert Table

Challenge CMT 130TC Book Trimmer Challenge CMT 130TC Book Trimmer

Challenge Machinery CMT-130TC Book Trimmer

Spiel Sterling Digibinder Automatic Perfect Binder Spiel Sterling Digibinder Automatic Perfect Binder

This table-top perfect binder works like a floor model perfect binder, but takes up much less space.

Spiel Associates Sterling Digipunch Spiel Associates Sterling Digipunch

With the DigiPunch you can punch up to 60,000 sheets per hour and punch sheets with covers or tabs together.

Rhin-O-Tuff 3250CL Electric Coil Binder Rhin-O-Tuff 3250CL Electric Coil Binder

Rhin-O-Tuff 3250CL Electric Coil Binder

Horizon VAC-1000 Suction Feed Collator Horizon VAC-1000 Suction Feed Collator

Horizon VAC-1000 Finishing System

Akiles WBM-532 Modular Wire Closer Akiles WBM-532 Modular Wire Closer

Akiles WBM-532 Modular Wire Closer

Akiles FlexiCloser Automatic Wire Closer Akiles FlexiCloser Automatic Wire Closer

Akiles FlexiCloser Automatic Wire Closer

Morgana Sytem 2000S Bookletmaker Morgana Sytem 2000S Bookletmaker

Morgana Sytem 2000S, Bookletmaking System

Morgana System VF2000S Booklet Maker Morgana System VF2000S Booklet Maker

Morgana System VF2000S Booklet Maker

Morgana BM 60 Booklet Maker Morgana BM 60 Booklet Maker

Morgana BM 60 Booklet Maker

Morgana System 2000 Booklet Maker Morgana System 2000 Booklet Maker

Morgana System 2000 Bookletmaker

Morgana System VF2000 Booklet Maker Morgana System VF2000 Booklet Maker

Morgana System VF2000 Booklet Maker

Akiles VersaMac Super Duty Electric Modular Punch Akiles VersaMac Super Duty Electric Modular Punch

VersaMac Super Duty Electric Modular Punch

Akiles FlexiPunch-E Electric Modular Punch Akiles FlexiPunch-E

FlexiPunch-E, Electric Modular Punch

Our Price: $1,149.00
Akiles Crimp@Coil Electric Double-Sided Coil Crimpers Akiles Crimp@Coil Electric Double-Sided Coil Crimpers

Akiles Crimp@Coil Electric Double-Sided Coil Crimpers

Spiel Associates Sterling Coilmaster Jr. Spiel Coil Master Jr. TS

Spiel Coil Master Jr., Plastic Coil Binding

Spiel Coilmaster III Plastic Coil Binding System Spiel Coilmaster III Plastic Coil Binding System

Spiel Coilmaster III Plastic Coil Binding System

Spiel Coilmaster III Plastic Coil Inserter Spiel Coilmaster III Plastic Coil Inserter

Spiel Coilmaster III Plastic Coil Binding

Spiel Digibinder Plus Spiel Digibinder Plus

Spiel Sterling Digibinder Plus

DeLuxe StitchMaster Single Head DeLuxe StitchMaster Single Head

DeLuxe StitchMaster, Single Wire Stitcher

DeLuxe Stitch Master Dual Header DeLuxe StitchMaster Dual Header

DeLuxe StitchMaster, Dual Wire Stitcher

Akiles AlphaCoil-E Electric Coil Binding System Akiles AlphaCoil-E Electric Coil Binding System

Akiles AlphaCoil-E Electric Coil Binding System

Akiles iCoil 41 Round Hole Spiral Binding Machine Akiles iCoil 41 Round Hole Spiral Binding (Standard)

Akiles iCoil 41 Round Hole Spiral Binding Machine

Akiles iWire 41 Plus Oval Hole Spiral Binding Machine Akiles iCoil 41 Plus Oval Hole Spiral Binding Machine

Akiles iWire 41 Plus Oval Hole Spiral Binding Machine

Morgana System 200e Booklet Maker Morgana System 200e Booklet Maker

Morgana System 200e, Bookletmaking system suitable for light production and digital print environments

MBM SF-2 Wire-Stitch Bookletmaker MBM SF-2 Wire-Stitch Bookletmaker

MBM SF-2 Wire-Stitch Bookletmaker

Morgana DocuMaster Pro Morgana DocuMaster Pro

Morgana DocuMaster Pro

Morgana DocuMaster MFC Morgana DocuMaster MFC

Morgana DocuMaster MFC

Standard Accubind Pro2 Document Binding System Standard Accubind Pro2 Document Binding System

Standard Accubind Pro2 Document Binding System

Standard Horizon Computer-Aided Binding System CABS6000 Horizon Computer-Aided Binding System CABS6000

Horizon Computer-Aided Binding System CABS6000

Horizon Three-Knife Trimmer HT-80 Horizon Three-Knife Trimmer HT-80

Horizon Three-Knife Trimmer HT-80

Akiles CoilMac-M Manual Coil Punch with Insert Table Akiles CoilMac-M41 Manual Coil Punch with Insert Table (Standard)

Akiles CoilMac-M41 Manual Coil Punch with Insert Table

Akiles WireMac-E31 Heavy Duty Electric PUnch and Manual Wire Closer Akiles WireMac-E31 Electric Punch & Manual Wire Closer

Akiles WireMac-E, Electric Wire Comb Equipment

Akiles WireMac-E21 Heavy Duty Electric Punch and Manual Wire Closer Akiles WireMac-E21 Electric Punch & Manual Wire Closer

Akiles WireMac-E, Electric Wire Comb Equipment

Akiles WireMac Duo 3:1 & 2:1 Wire & Punch Binding Akiles WireMac Duo 3:1 & 2:1 Wire Punching & Closing Machine

Akiles WireMac Duo, The All-In-One Wire Punching and Closing Machine

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Coil Punch Standard Akiles CoilMac-EPI Coil Punch Standard

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Coil Punch Standard

Akiles CoilMac-EPI+ Coil Punch Plus Akiles CoilMac-EPI+ Coil Punch Plus

Akiles CoilMac-EPI+ Coil Punch Plus

Akiles CoilMac-ECP+ Electric Coil Punch Plus Akiles CoilMac-ECP+ Electric Coil Punch Plus

Akiles CoilMac-ECP+ Electric Coil Punch Plus

Akiles RubiCoil Punch & Inserter Akiles RubiCoil Punch & Inserter

Akiles RubiCoil Coil Punch & Inserting Equipment

Horizon SPF/FC-200A Bookletmaker Horizon SPF/FC-200A Bookletmaker

Horizon SPF/FC-200A Bookletmaker

   
 

Types of Book Binding

Books come in a very wide variety, as do the machines that make them. The four largest categories of book binding are case-binding, perfect binding, saddlestitching and mechanical binding. Each binding method has its own strengths and weaknesses, and many print manufacturers are capable of producing whatever their customers want. There are always a lot of factors that go into deciding whichever method of book binding you need. Cost is typically the largest consideration, but the aesthetic of the book is really important too. There's something sacred about the contents of a book's pages; it's as though you're locking someone's thoughts into a box and it seems to command a certain kind of respect. Books are timeless; they help us pass our knowledge to future generations. Book binding is a deep topic, and there are hundreds of methods for combining pages of script.

Case Binding

Case binding is probably the most familiar type of book. Think of your old textbooks with a hard cover. Creating hard cover books is a several stop process. First of which is marrying the pages of the book block together with glue or by sewing. These sheets can be individual but they are often prepared in subsets called signatures. The book block must then be trimmed on three sides in order to create a uniform look. Next, a cover is applied and secured to the book block in one of several ways.

Saddlestitching

A saddlestitched book is simply folded sheets that are stapled in the center. The term saddlestiching comes from the fact that folded sheets are laid across a saddle where they are then stapled or stitched together. Saddlestiching is a rather rudimentary method of bookletmaking compared to case binding but the benefits are great. Saddlestiched books are extremely inexpensive to produce and can be created with a quick turnaround. These types of books are commonly used for product manuals and periodicals.

Perfect Binding

Perfect bound books offer the best of both worlds. A very high quality finished look with a square bind as well as a reduced cost of manufacture. Perfect bound booklets have a square spine and a soft cover. Perfect binding machines will take a raw book block, mill and score the spine, feed a single cover, and then nip the cover to the book spine. Perfect binding machines have a broad range going from single clamp tabletop machines to systems like the Horizon SB-09 which has nine clamps that all move continuously along a carousel.

Mechanical Binding

Mechanical binding is a broad category that includes spiral binding, wire-o binding, comb binding and several other styles. These methods are defined as a mechanic bind because of the use of another clamping agent to mechanically connect all pages. MSL supplies a number of comb binding machines and other mechanical binding systems for publishers who prefer this style of binding.