Blossom Yearbook Book Types

Yearbook Made Simple: Book Types

Aug 28th 2017

You may hear the words saddle-stitched and perfect-bound thrown casually around the yearbook world. But what do they mean and what's the difference?

At Blossom, we typically recommend the following 3 book types when choosing your yearbook specs.  The right answer for your organization is based on the quality you want to present, the affordability you'd like for your community, and the style that fits best with your design.  Of course, we are always open to your creative suggestions and have printed everything from holographic to soft touch to leather covers!  Really, the sky is the limit at Blossom, but let's start with the 3 favorite book options:

  • Soft Cover (Saddle-Stitched): We lovingly refer to this as a "stapled" book.  Is the quality less?  Nope!  The name saddle-stitched refers to the fact that the book was not bound by glue.  This affordable (and durable) option is best for books from 24-40 pages and must have a page count in a multiple of 4 (24, 28, 32, 36, or 40 for those taking the easy way).​
  • Soft Cover (Perfect Bound): We recommend perfect bound books for those soft-covers over 40 pages, with a multiple of 2 for page count (42, 44, 46, you get the drift)!  Perfect bound books are bound together at the spine with a strong, yet flexible glue.  This gives a nice, clean finish and presentation to your book.
  • Hard Cover: Hard cover binding works best when the book is over 40 pages.  Hard cover books must also be done in page counts of 2.  While hard cover books may be a little more, in the long run, they'll weather the storm of life a little better!

Need help choosing the best book type for your application?  Give us a shout!  We're happy to help!