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Softcover – saddle stitched

Exceptionally practical for the user. With modern bookbinding equipment, this type of cover is simple, quick and cheap to produce. It is especially recommended for all types of periodicals, instructions, brochures, programs etc.

The best choice for any printed matter that is several dozen pages long. Thanks to the use of Euro staples (loop staples), the product can be easily put into a ring binder. 

Best use

brochures and catalogues, copybook, business offers, advertising leaflets, instruction manuals, programmes, menus, magazines, journals and newsletters, children’s stories and colouring books

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The simple design and uncomplicated manufacturing process makes saddle-stitched binding one of the most energy-efficient solutions. The books is also fully recyclable thanks to the use of appropriate materials on the cover and inside, and the metal staples can be easily removed. 


  • min.
    90 × 125 mm
  • max
    240 × 350 mm (portrait) / 285 × 265 mm (album)
Book block thickness
  • max
    up to 140 pages for 70 g offset paper, up to 120 pages for 80-90 g offset paper, up to 96 pages for 150 g coated paper
Cover materials

A broad selection of paperboard, 235 to 300 g thick.

Cover extras

Saddle-stitched softcovers can be fitted with flaps to increase the cover print area, and loop staples – in addition to the standard flat ones – where the product is intended for keeping in a ring binder (useful in the case of collections of periodicals).

Read more about the accessories and cover extras here.


We recommend hot stamping with metallized foils, debossing and spot varnishing.

Read more about the available enhancements here.

For publishing companies and self-publishers

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Frequently asked questions

What is the best paper for my publication?

This question is too general to give a definite answer. When choosing the paper for the main part of the book, many aspects have to be considered, including the nature or type of publication, its purpose, dimensions, readers, and even the available budget. First, we need to answer a few elementary questions, e.g. whether the paper should be white, cream or off-white, coated or uncoated, standard or recycled. Providing such descriptive details will be enough for us to suggest the best paper for your book.

What is the soft proof?

It is a production file after a technical verification and checking of its compliance with the order, which includes a software report and any remarks made by the verifying specialist(s).

How many enhancements can be used in a cover design?

As a matter of fact, as many as will fit on the cover. There are no technological constraints in this respect. We can use a few different types of varnish at the same time, and add hot foil stamping or embossing. However, note that using a lot of enhancements altogether does not necessarily make the final product more attractive or impressive.

Is Totem environmentally certified?

We are greatly committed to ensuring that any products leaving our printing house are produced in as environmentally-friendly manner as possible. Digital printing alone is already considered to be ‘greener’ than conventional printing. We are FSC certified and we have a certificate confirming that 100% of energy used in our processes comes from renewable energy sources. 

What are the available colours of foil?

Our standing offer comprises the following foils: golden, silver, red, navy blue, black and holographic films (laser and dot).

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