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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 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.

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.

Improve Book Binding With Plastic Report Covers

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Using a binding machine to create a book is not only a necessary part of many business’s operations, but it’s also pretty fun. I admit it. I enjoy printing, punching and binding books. It’s the idea of making your own book just the way you want it that appeals to me. One way I like to add an extra dimension to my bound books is by adding a report cover.

Plastic Poly Report Book Binding Covers

There are a lot of report covers out there. They range from linen to clear covers. Most binding and report covers out there are paper based, but there is a line of covers called poly covers that is growing in popularity. These covers are made from plastic, specifically polypropylene.

Poly plastic covers have many advantages over traditional card stock report covers. To begin with, plastic report covers are more resilient and hold up extremely well. They are harder to bend and can take a scratch without being completely ruined.

Another big advantage of plastic poly report covers is that they’re water resistant. While they aren’t going to keep a bound book dry when dropped in a river, the covers will help protect bound paper from splashes and other accidental liquid accidents.

Plastic poly covers come in a variety of colors, patters and textures. A few that we offer include crystal, sand, leather, striped, hologram and grain. These covers look great and can be used on the front or the back of a bound book.

I have personally used plastic report covers and can confirm that comb, Velobind, wire and coil binding machines can punch through them without any problems. You won’t be able to punch a bunch of them at once, but that is the case with card stock as well.

You can find our entire selection of plastic binding report covers here. You can find our entire selection of report covers here. Good luck and 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.

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.

How Can I Make My Reports Look More Professional?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

How can you make your report or book look more professional? Here are a few tips that will take your bound report from OK to classy.

When binding a report, many people will create a title page or decorative cover on their computer, print it out and bind it to the front page of their booklet. This isn’t always the most professional look. I highly recommend using a report cover to improve the overall look and appearance.

The most common report cover combination is to use a clear cover for the front and a solid card stock cover for the back. This combination looks clean and professional. Clear covers come in different thicknesses, depending on your preference. Card stock covers are available in a variety of textures, colors and styles. You can find our report covers and clear covers here.

The style of binding can also dramatically change the look of your document. Changing from a plastic comb to double-loop wire look can add an extra degree of professionalism to a document. The style of binding you use will depend on the situation, but double-loop wire and coil binding are very popular for professional reports. You can find our book binding machines here.

Using one or more of these tips will really add an extra dimension to your bound report or book. Good luck!

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