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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.

2,000-Year-Old Books Bound Using Plates of Lead Metal & Wire

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Ancient Plates of Lead CodicesAs a book binding enthusiast, I find all forms of book binding to be very interesting. Going back to the days of the Egyptians using papyrus to medieval hardback binding, it is all very intriguing. Today I read an article about 70 lead codices that appear to contain early writings from Christians dating back to the 1st century.

It is believed that these codices contain early Christian writings. Some believe that it may even include clues regarding the last days of Jesus’ life. Apparently these codices were found in eastern Jordan, where many early Christian believers possibly fled after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, around 70 AD. Whether you’re Christian or an atheist, you have to admit that this is a pretty cool archeological discovery.

Ancient Metal Lead Bound Pages - Early ChristianityThese plates are made up of thin sheets of lead metal, bound together by wire. Could this be the beginning of wire binding? The way the wire is used to bind the individual metal sheets allows the pages to be turned and read. Each of the codices are about the size of a credit card, so they are all pretty small.

So far these booklets appear to contain images and textual allusions to the Messiah. Some of the codices are wired shut, creating all sorts of speculation as to what they may contain inside.

According to the article:

One of the few sentences translated thus far from the texts, according to the BBC, reads, “I shall walk uprightly”–a phrase that also appears in Revelation.

Anyway, I just found this entire thing fascinating. The bound documents have a wire / coil binding appearance to them. I suppose it makes sense to use ringlets of wire to bind the books as that was probably one of the best binding methods available at the time.

At ABC Office we sell a wide variety of modern-day book binding machines that can be used to create reports, presentations and booklets. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Best Clear Covers For Book Binding

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Clear Report Binding CoversClear binding covers are by far one of the best ways you can make your book binding projects look more professional. There is something about the shine and glean you get from a clear report cover. They are the icing on the cake. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind when shopping for a clear cover.

To begin with, clear binding covers come in different sizes. We offer what’s known as a standard 8 ½” x 11″ clear binding cover and an oversize clear binding cover that measures in at 8 ¾” x 11 ¼”. The standard clear covers have square corners and the oversize clear covers have round corners.

Clear report covers also come in different finishes. The most popular finish is the clear glossy finish. This type of clear cover has a highly reflective cover that has the appearance of a transparency or a laminated document. The clear glossy finish looks classy.

We also offer clear covers in a matte finish. While matte covers still look great, they have more of a dull surface that doesn’t reflect as much light.

Clear report covers also come in different mil thicknesses. The mil thickness is measured in thousandths of an inch. The most common thicknesses are 5, 7 and 10. I would have to see that I see more people ordering 5 mil covers as they tend to be a good protective layer, however, the thicker 7 and 10 mil covers look great.

You can find our entire selection of clear binding covers here and our entire selection of book binding report covers here.

Binding Machine Glossary – Popular Book Binding Terms

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Book Binding MachinesSo you’re looking for a binding machine, but don’t know what all the terms mean? No worries. I have been involved in the binding machine industry for over a decade and have come up with a list of common terms and their definitions. This should help you out.

Binding Machine Glossary

  • Combo / Combination – A combination book binder is a machine that can bind books using multiple binding formats and techniques. The most common combination binding machines can bind in both comb and wire formats.
  • Compound – Compound is a term used to describe paper padding press glue & adhesive.
  • Diameter – The diameter is used to describe the size of a binding element. This term is used with comb, wire and coil binding.
  • Dies – Dies are the sharpened pins that are used to punch holes in paper.
  • Disengageable Dies – Disengageable dies are dies that can be selected and enabled / disabled by the operator. This is ideal for cutting down on half-punched holes.
  • Double-Loop – Double loop is another term used for wire binding. This is because the wire has the appearance of two double wire loops per hole.
  • Edge Distance – The edge distance is the amount of clearance there is from the side of a sheet of paper to the first punching pin on a binding machine. Most binding machines have an adjustable edge distance.
  • Hole Pattern – The term hole pattern is used to describe the distance between holes. Different binding machines utilize different hole patterns.
  • Hole Shape – Different binding formats utilize different hole shapes. Wire binding, for instance, may have a square, round or rectangular hole. Coil binding may have a round or oval-shaped hole. Comb binding always has a rectangular hole.
  • Hot Knife – Hot knife is used to describe a VeloBind machine. Part of the VeloBind process involves a hot knife that cuts of excess prongs and seers remaining prongs to a back strip.
  • Inserter – Coil binding machines often use what’s referred to as an inserter. This inserter is typically electric and spins coins through pre-punched holes.
  • Margin Depth – The margin depth is the distance that holes are punched from the edge of a sheet of paper. Not all binding machines have an adjustable margin depth, however, it is a nice feature to have when binding several different book thicknesses.
  • Modular – A modular binding machine is a machine that is built up from a punching base. Someone who has a comb binding base may want to buy a modular comb opening attachment.
  • Multi-Format – These types of binding machines are capable of binding books using different binding formats. The most common type of machine is one that binds books in either comb or wire.
  • Pitch – The pitch is the distance between holes. Wire binding uses 2:1 (two holes per inch), 3:1 (three holes per inch) and 19-ring patterns. Coil uses 4:1 (four holes per inch) and 5:1 (five holes per inch) pitch patterns. Comb is 19-ring (19 holes along 11-inch sheet of paper). Be sure the supplies you buy for your machine fit the pitch your machine uses.
  • Punching Capacity – The punching capacity is the amount of sheets that can be punched at any given time. The punching capacity typically goes down when thicker paper is punched.
  • Selectable Dies – A machine with selectable dies allows the operator to enable or disable specific punching pins. This is idea for binding custom-size books and eliminates annoying half-punched holes.
  • Twin-Loop – This is a term used to describe wire binding. This is because wire binding creates the look of twin loop wires in each punched hole.

So there you have it. Some of the most common binding terms used in the industry. Hopefully this has helped clarify a few things for you. If you still have questions, please feel free to call one of our binding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Which Is The Best Book Binding Format?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Tamerica VersaBind Book Binding MachineAre you looking for a book binding machine, but have absolutely no idea where to start? Welcome to the club. I’d say at least half of the customers I talk to, who need a binding machine, have no idea where to start. With so many great choices out there, I can’t say I blame you. Here are a few tips on how you can get the best binding machine.

To begin with, there are three main types of binding. These binding formats are comb, wire and coil. Sure there are a few specialized binding formats out there such as Velobind and Proclick, but they don’t even come close to touching the 90% plus market share comb, wire and coil have.

I am going to cover the pros and the cons of all three binding formats. Hopefully, after reading this guide, you will have a better idea as to which binding machine you should get.

Comb, Wire & Coil Pros & Cons

Comb Binding MachinesComb Comb binding is still probably one of the most popular binding formats used today.

  • Pros – Comb binding is the most affordable binding format today. The supplies are very inexpensive. They are available in a wide variety of color, are very durable, allow the operator to add or remove pages and they can be re-used over and over.
  • Cons – Some people think comb binding has a “cheap” look that isn’t adequate for professional repots and presentations. This is a matter of opinion, but something you should take into consideration.

Wire Binding MachinesWireWire binding is one of the most popular binding formats used today for creating presentations and reports. It isn’t uncommon to even find storybooks bound in double-loop wire (aka twin-loop wire).

  • Pros – Wire looks great, plain and simple. When done right, there aren’t any other “element” binding formats that look as professional. Wire comes in a variety of different colors and is available in a 2:1 (two holes per inch) and 3:1 (three holes per inch) hole pattern.
  • Cons – The biggest con with wire is the durability factor. Because the double-loop wire binding elements are made from metal, they can bend. Pages cannot be added or removed with wire.

Coil Binding Machines CoilCoil binding (aka spiral binding) is one of the most popular binding formats used today for creating books, cookbooks, manuals, albums and textbooks.

  • Pros – Coil is probably the most durable binding element around. Made from PVC plastic, coils come in a variety of different colors. One of the biggest benefits of coil is the ability for coil-bound books to open a full 360 degrees. Coil comes in 4:1 (four holes per inch) and 5:1 (five holes per inch) hole patterns.
  • Cons – Coil binding does not allow pages to be added or removed. Coil binding has a slightly longer learning curve due to the use of coil crimping pliers.

So there you have it, the biggest pros and cons with comb, wire and coil binding. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. If you’re having trouble settling on any one binding format, we do offer multi-format binding machines found here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any book binding questions you may have. Happy binding!

Types Of Clear Report Covers

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Clear Report Binding CoversClear report covers are a great way to finish off a bound document, book or report. They are clear, protective and very affordable. So which style of clear cover should you use? I will explain what’s out there and hopefully help you make an educated decision on the best style for you.

The biggest difference in clear report covers is their thickness. Clear covers come in 5, 7 and 10 mil thicknesses. The higher the number, the thicker the cover. A mil is one-thousandth of an inch. Most people get 5 or 7 mil covers, but every so often someone wants the thicker 10 mil cover. The thickness is really a matter of preference. The thickness will affect the way the clear cover page turns.

Here are a few different styles of clear covers:

  • Clear vs Matte – Clear covers come in a 100% clear finish and a matte finish. The clear finish is the most popular type used, but some people prefer the frosted look of the matte cover.
  • Standard vs Oversize – Standard covers measure in at 8 ½ x 11-inches in size and have square corners. These covers are designed to match up with standard sheets of paper. Oversized clear covers are 8 ¾ x 11 ¼-inches and have round corners. Again, the style of cover used is a matter of personal preference.

Most clear covers can be punched in a binding machine. This includes comb, wire, coil and Velobind machines. I consider clear covers to be the best way to finish off a book or document. They simply look classy and professional.

You can find our entire selection of clear report & binding covers here. You can find our entire selection of report covers here.

Have You Ever Wondered How Softbound Books Are Created?

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Perfect Binding MachineSoftbound books are by far the most popular form of binding for reading books. They surpass the popularity of hardbound books. Have you ever wondered how softbound books are created? Maybe not, but I’ll introduce you to some of the equipment used to do this.

Softbound or softback books are created using a binding process called perfect binding. The binding process is a very easy concept. Perfect binders take a stack of papers, apply glue to the spine and attach a cover. The machine may be a bit of an investment at first, but the actual price of binding the books is rather inexpensive. Machines vary in complexity. Some perfect binding machines require more manual work, where others are almost fully automatic.

Stop by and have a look at our perfect binding machines. Call (800-658-8788) one of our sales associates if you have any questions.

Binding Machines are a New Convenience, With Respect to the History of Binding.

Friday, September 24th, 2004

Book Binding MachineAlthough many would have thought we would now be living in a paperless age, paper is still very widely used. People like to have something tangible when reading a story, the news or a report. Many people don’t like reading from a computer, although you are probably doing so now. It is very easy to circle something with your pen or highlighting parts of an article with your marker.

Because paper is so widely used, binding machines are growing in popularity. Because binding machines have come down in price, in-house binding is no longer a novelty. There are now several methods of binding that you can use, depending on your preference and taste. Creating a report, a booklet or a news article is now easier than ever. But it didn’t always used to be so easy.

Binding machines are a new convenience, with respect to the history of binding. In the days of the pyramids, the Egyptians wrote on papyrus rolls and chiseled words into stone. Animal skins were widely used in western Asia, due to their durability and abundance. Sumerians and Hittites used clay tablets to do their writing. The Romans used wax tablets for quick and easy note taking.

During the middle ages, books were uniquely bound with wooden boards as covers. Wooden boards made these books very heavy and awkward to use. These covers were often decorated with silk, leather and velvet. Bookbinding’s primary purpose was to preserve historical records and documents. Most people were not able to read what was written.

Even during the 20th century, binding machines were large and not available to everybody. It cost a lot to bind things, and you needed access to a publisher. The closest most people got to binding their own reports and documents was by use of a hole punch or a stapler.

Present day, there are now a wide variety of binding machines available to the public. Comb, wire and coil binding machines have become the most popular methods of in-house binding. You can learn more about different styles of binding machines here.

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