Why Saddle-Stitched Booklets Require the Page Count to be a Multiple of 4

Most booklets are created with the Saddle-Stitch binding method. This economical method uses printed sheets that are folded and nested one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the folded crease from the outside and are clinched between the centermost pages.

Pages Must Be in Multiples of Four

Folding any sheet of paper in half will create four separate panels. Because saddle-stitched booklets are constructed entirely of folded sheets, the page count must therefore be a multiple of four.

Saddle-stitched books require the page count to be a multiple of four (4)

Since each folded sheet joined within the finished booklet will form four pages of the booklet, it is not possible to create a 7-page, 10-page, or 25-page saddle-stitched booklet. The only feasible page counts for saddle-stitched booklets are 4 pages, 8 pages, 12 pages, 16 pages, 20 pages, 24 pages, 28 pages, 32 pages and so on. Even if a page within the booklet is blank, it still counts as a page.

If you have any questions about the saddle-stitch binding method, give Formax Printing a call at 866-367-6221. Or, if you have an upcoming project and would like a quote, click here to access our easy quote request form. As always, we look forward to assisting you!

Take care!  Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include full-color printing, all types of softcover books, laminated printing, plus fulfillment and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 314-434-5500 or 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services for over 30 years.

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