Posts Tagged ‘Binding Covers’

Holographic Poly Binding Covers – Bookbinding with Style

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Hologram Poly Binding CoversAre you tired of binding books and presentations with standard clear covers or single-color card stock? Perhaps you should consider binding your books using special effects poly covers. These covers use a holographic emboss that creates a very unique look. This look has pattern to it with a unique depth that you don’t find in other covers. Let me explain more.

First off, these covers are made from an extremely resilient and durable poly plastic material.  They are rigid, waterproof, temperature resistant (up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit) and won’t tear. They also have a translucent appearance to them, allowing elements of the title page of your bound book to show through. It is a very unique and professional look. The best part about ploy covers is that they cost far less than composite or vinyl binding covers.

We currently offer our holographic style poly covers in blue, clear and smoke colors. These covers are 16 mils thick (0.16 of an inch). We offer them in two sizes. You can buy them in an 8 ½” x 11″ size with square corners or in an 8 ¾” x 11 ¼” size with round corners.

Most binding machines can punch through our special effects poly covers (holographic binding covers). This includes comb binding, wire binding and coil binding. I have even seen people use these covers with GBC Velobind machines.

You can find our entire selection of holographic poly binding covers and other poly-based report covers here. This also includes crystal, sand, leather and stripe poly binding covers.

Best Binding Covers for Your Reports and Presentations

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Book Binding CoversIf you’re binding a report or presentation, regardless of style, you more than likely want it to look professional. There are several ways you can go about doing this. I personally recommend using a binding cover. Our binding covers will work with comb, wire, coil or Velobind and they look great! Here are the binding covers I personally recommend.

To start with, you’re probably going to need a front cover and a back cover. I personally recommend using some sort of a clear cover for the front and a card stock cover for the back. We offer clear covers in various thicknesses and back covers in a variety of colors and styles. Another great option for a front cover is a card stock cover with a window. I will briefly describe the differences between binding covers.

Best Binding Covers for Your Reports and Presentations

Clear Binding Covers – Clear covers come in a variety of thicknesses, these being 5, 7 and 10 mils. A mil is a thousandth of an inch. The smaller the number, the thinner the cover. We offer clear covers in clear and matte finishes. Clear covers are by far the most common front binding cover used by our customers.

Polypropylene Binding Covers (Poly Covers) – Polypropylene covers, often-called poly covers, are synthetic binding covers. Some, such as sand and leather finish, are designed to look like card stock. We also offer poly covers with a crystal, strip and hologram finish. Each of these styles come in a variety of colors. These types of covers are quickly growing in popularity due to their durability.

Sturdy Grain Binding Covers – These types of covers have a non-glossy leatherette finish to them. Available in a variety of colors, these covers have always been a hit. These covers are made from a paper-based card stock.

Linen Binding Covers – Linen binding covers, which are a type of thicker card stock, have a cross-hatch pattern on them that almost have the appearance of fabric. This style of binding cover is one of my personal favorites.

Composition Binding Covers – Composition covers, after clear covers, are one of our most popular book binding covers. These covers have a leatherette texture to them. One side has a glossy shine to it and the other side is dull. These covers look excellent on the back of a report or presentation.

Window or no Window? So should you go with a window or without a window? It really depends on where you will be using the cover. Solid covers are best used on the back of a report and covers with windows are best for the front. The small window allows contents from the page, located underneath, to show through. Many people like to buy binding covers in pairs, with and without windows.

Standard or Oversize? We offer binding covers in a standard 8 ½” x 11″ (square corners) and an oversize 8 ¾” x 11 ½” format (round corners). The size you use really depends on your preference and the type (and size) of paper you will be binding. Standard 8 ½” x 11″ covers are by far the most popular purchased.

I hope this mini guide helps you find the right cover for your presentation. It’s amazing how much book binding covers spruce up a presentation or report. You can find our entire selection of binding covers here. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines and supplies here.

Best Types Of Binding And Report Covers

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Report and Binding Covers from ABC OfficeI have had people ask me which type of binding or report cover is the best. Most of these people simply want some advice or direction. To be honest, there really isn’t a best report cover, but there are situations that warrant one style over another.

There are a few questions you will want to ask yourself prior to purchasing a binding or report cover. Answers to these questions should help to point you in the right direction.

Which Covers Work Best With Binding Machines?

  • I have found that most binding machines can handle binding covers. You will, however, probably have to scale back the number you punch at a time as binding / report covers are typically heavier stock and thicker than standard copy paper.

Will You Be Printing On The Cover?

  • If you will be printing on the cover, you may want to go with a paper-based report cover versus a clear or poly cover.

Is The Document For Long-Term Or Short-Term Purposes?

  • If you expect the document to be thrown away within weeks or months of being bound, you may want to go with a paper-based cover that is more environmentally friendly. Many clear covers and poly covers, however, can be recycled.

Will The Bound Document Be Around Food?

  • If a bound document, such as a cookbook, will be around food, I recommend using a clear cover or poly cover. These covers are easy to clean and will not absorb food like paper-based covers will.

How Durable Does The Cover Need To Be?

  • If you are expecting your bound document to be banged around, stuffed in a bag or otherwise mishandled, you may want a poly cover. Polypropylene covers tend to maintain their form and have less a chance of bending than clear covers or paper-based covers.

Are You Trying To Match The Spine?

  • You shouldn’t have too much trouble matching your covers with the spine. Most of our report and binding covers are available in multiple colors. If you are unable to find a perfect match, you may want to consider using a clear cover for the front and a black cover for the back. This combination usually matches just about any binding spine (coil, wire, comb or Velobind) out there.

These are the different types of report and binding covers we offer:

  1. Clear Report Covers
  2. Polypropylene (Poly) Binding Covers
  3. Card Stock (Paper Based) Report Covers

These are just a few of the most common questions. Hopefully this has helped you determine which binding or report cover you should use. If you are still on the fence, or don’t know which cover to get, feel free to call one of our book binding specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Why Use Oversized Report Covers?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Oversized Report CoversAt ABC Office, we sell both standard and oversized report covers. Standard size covers measure in at 8 ½ x 11-inches, while oversized covers measure in at 8 ¾ x 11 ¼-inches. Standard report covers have square corners while oversized report covers have rounded corners. So why would you want an oversized cover?

Many binding formats, like coil or comb, bind paper in a way that the edges aren’t always squared up. Some people do not like this look. With oversized covers, the bound document maintains a more “organized” look.

Another reason some people use oversized covers is if the bound document includes tabs. Oversized covers help protect and cover tabs. Card stock report covers, poly covers and clear covers all come in oversized formats.

Standard 8 ½ x 11 sheets are still more popular, but oversized covers definitely have plenty of supporters. You can find our entire selection of report covers here.

by Category