When you look at a book, you don’t think about all the time and energy it took to actually put it together. Large printing companies have technology and trained employees ready to make sure they can put forward the best product possible to their clients. If you have a small business and want to create a truly unique product or advertising campaign, you may be thinking about doing this yourself. But can you really bind your own books without any training or proper experience? We believe that you can and this blog is going to show you exactly how you can do it.
If you want to bind your own books, you are going to need the right tools to do it. This can include:
- Clamps to keep the book cover in place
- Scissors to cup out printed pages
- Binding glue and a glue sponge
- Quality paper
- See-through Tape
To have a professionally bound book, make sure to buy quality products that can help. For instance, if you intend to sew the pages in, make sure to buy thread that matches your book cover before gluing the thread in place for extra support.
Get the right technology
Now, you can bind your books by hand, but that does take quite a long time. If you are already busy then this may be a few hours that you simply cannot afford to spend. That’s why you should invest in a book binding machine. Duplo International can offer you some fantastic binding machines at a reasonable price. These machines are simple to use and do not require a lot of work to get you your finished product. Instead, you can decide on your own binding glues and be precise on the design and style you want. Having the right technology on your side can make sure that your book, whether it is a work guide or perhaps a customer service manual, will look professional.
If you are looking for a simpler approach to binding a “book”, one of the ways you can try is through printing off a folded booklet. This is also known as imposition. The trick is to print your pages on both sides of your paper and then to bind them together with glue or a spiral. Always use a word processor or a PDF convertor if you are going to make a folded booklet. That way you can waste less space and ensure that your pagination is the same throughout the book.
Naturally, you can simply print out a front cover and laminate it. However, this can give a book a bit of a tacky look to it. If you want to make your book look professional, you may need to invest in some covers that can be bound with glue or spiral to the papers you print. Take a look around for some cheap photo albums or notebooks. You can then skin out the original pages with scissors or a knife. To add your own pages, curve the edge of the paper and glue in to the spine. We would recommend using a mole skin cover for a truly professional look.