When reading, I prefer paper to electronic media. Unfortunately, a lot of my reading involves manuscripts from 8 to 100 pages in length, with the original document being an electronic PDF.

Double-sided printing works really well to resolve this issue partway. It lets me convert PDFs into paper documents, which I can focus on. This works great up to 15 pages. I print the page out and staple it. I’ve tried not-stapling the printed pages before, but then the individual papers frequently get out of order or generally all over the place.

However, for larger manuscripts I frequently found myself in a pickle:

• I don’t want to manage loose leaf pages individually.
• Staplers that can handle stapling over 15 pages don’t occur naturally, at least near the printers I’m around.

Attempting to use a stapler beyond its capacity does not end successfully.

For a good deal of my life I’ve resigned myself to dealing with a reality of mediocre staplers and even more mediocre workarounds, e.g., a packet on a single topic now needs be represented by 3 independent, separately-stapled documents, which is 2 too many.

I’m confident many others also have this problem. To wit, I’d like to introduce a life hack, for all situations where you have documents of up to $2X$ pages and staplers with penetration power rated at $X$ pages.

## The Problem

I want to staple this thick paper stack.

Optimality criteria.

(A) Grip strength of resulting staple.

## Solution

1. Staple pages $1$ to $X$.
2. Staple pages $X+1$ to $2X$.
3. Peel back the corner of pages $1$ to $\lfloor X/2\rfloor$ over the staple. Repeat for $\lfloor 3X/2\rfloor$ to $2X$
4. Insert the exposed corner of pages $\lfloor X/2\rfloor +1$ to $\lfloor 3X/2\rfloor - 1$ into the stapler, making sure the folded-away corners of the outer pages are out of the stapler’s line of fire.
5. Apply the stapler to the middle pages, then fold the outer pages’ corners back up.

## Results

Step 1 and 2.

Step 3.

Step 4.

Step 5.

Additional results (skew angle, front, and back views).

(A) is met due to each staple holding together at least $X$ pages. Contrast this with related work which only staples two pages $X,X+1$ with an intermediate staple, resulting in a single point of failure at page $X$.

(B) UX is equivalent to a single-stapled page, as opposed to binder-clip methodology which frequently requires clipping past the margin.

## Future Work

There exists a straightforward alternating iteration of our method that can be shown, by induction to apply to documents of length up to $n X$ for any $n\in\mathbb{N}$. We leave evaluation to future work.