It may sound like something you could care less about (and you’re probably right), but boy do our customers have their opinions on this. It’s like the “tastes great”… “less filling” beer debate.
Both work, but there are differences. Glue bound books don’t have a metal staple so they appear “cleaner”. They also lay flatter than a stapled booklet. However, glue takes up more space for graphics so you get less copy on a page. Glued spines can also have a problem with pages releasing on very thick booklets. Glue doesn’t rust, but I have never seen a rusted staple so this is a perceived negative of the staple that just isn’t true since they are corrosion proof. In general, glued spines are more expensive. Staples- are more reliable, less expensive and can handle thicker booklets, but you have to deal with a tiny metal sliver from an aesthetics point of view. Most customers are okay with it. Some refuse to change and that is okay…(we gently give our opinion as a good company should, and then do what the customer wants) And, staples cost less which helps people move that direction. Most converters generally prefer glue because you have that added worry of nicking the die with a staple..which definitely happens and is a pain.
Can you tell which one we prefer?- We like staples the best for the reasons above. But, we’ll do glue if our customers want it. It all comes down to customer preferences. Now you know! Jeff Bertrand