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“We own a few books where the side (fore-edge) of the text block is not even. The 1st set amount of the pages are about 1/16” out farther than the 2nd set. The 3rd set is about 1/16” out farther than the 2nd set but equal to the 1st set. The 4th set is the same as the 2nd, and so on. It is as if each small binding section of pages was cut at 2 different widths. Is there a name for this type of edge, or is it an error in binding?”

Saddle-stitching is the easiest way to secure a book, together. The process is simple and the machinery involved is less complicated and compact.

The life of a folding machine operator can be exasperating. It is perhaps the most stressful jobs in the printing trade. The complexities of how the paper is folded are not difficult but to produce the best and most accurate folding is very difficult.

2009 saw significant developments in eBooks and tablet device, and this has indeed been the fastest-growing segment of the publishing market. This is as per the new survey of US consumers and their attitude towards eBooks conducted by the Book Industry Study Group.

Bookbinders are often left with little or no maneuverability when a print job arrives on our shop floor. In the race to do additional jobs, one might be tempted to accept the job with its entire shortcomings – only to lose the client once the binding fails. My advice is: caution the customer; provide him with a list of “to do” things.

The traditional way of constructing a hardcover binding used to be as follows: First you had to bind the book block and then take the measure­ments – these are the width, height and bulk (thickness). Then the binders cut the boards, the inlay or spine-strip, and the covering materials

What looks like a folding mistake by the bindery is often a designer error. If a panel is to fold into another, it must be slightly smaller or there will be what’s called “telescoping”, or the inability for the folded sheet to lie flat. What looks like a folding mistake by the bindery is often a designer error.

PUR (Polyurethane Reactive) adhesives have been in bookbinding, primarily since 1989.  The first test in North America was run on the west coast using a homemade application system.  Since then, the use of PUR has increased dramatically. 

India has made substantial gains in education. This is a country where 250 million children attend schools. Yet one of its most stubborn development challenges is the fact that 33 million children of primary school age still are not enrolled in school.

A couple of years back, Welbound Times had addressed a few frequently asked questions (faq) that discussed the benefits as well as misconceptions of three knife trimming. We were surprised to see that, unlike many such articles on perfect binding and folding, this one did not elicit any queries from the readers.

I think we’re all used to having a budget for every project, but in a tough economy, many of us are operating on shoestring budgets—budgets that feel confining, and can stifle creativity. And even with really tight budgets, it is generally expected that the end product will still be of the highest quality and creatively presented—so how can you break out of the box without breaking the bank?

“People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.” - Oscar Wilde

Board warping problems, which most of the time occur in the winter, arrive at our book-testing laboratory from all over the world. The purpose of this article is to furnish you with some basic information on why such problems do occur.

I came across this quote: "Contributors should have some pity for the editor and poor compositors. We should take pride in writing a clear and beautiful hand in our own language ... Especially when writing for a publication, everyone should regard it as his sacred duty to be doubly careful."

During  the manufacture of paper, the paper fibre orient in the direction of flow of pulp and this is known as the grain direction or machine direction. As you know, paper is manufactured in the form of large reels.  The sheets are then cut out of these reels.

Polyurethane reactive hotmelts are synthetic polymers which are therrmoset in nature. When heated to their application temperature they react with the moisture and bond with the surface. After solidification they cannot become liquid again i.e. they are irreversible as compared to conventional hotmelts.

In most cases, the design of the book cover is a designer/ artist’s job. The publisher takes plenty of effort in the design of the book cover, which improves the salability, and shelf appeal of the book. The illustrations, photographs and designs on the cover are alloted a lot of importance; a huge number of hours are spent on discussing and designing the cover.

Book block making is a complex operation. And it does not get the credit it deserves. The "hard case" hogs the limelight for a well bound hard cover book. Let us examine a few of operations involved in book block making:

A few weeks ago I was at a get-together with a diverse group of people who met each other for the first time. The pre-dinner conversation was veering dangerously towards the mundane, and “nice to meet you” was the most commonly heard phrase. Just when the party was being dismissed into the dustbin of boring get-togethers, a turn-around happened…

Animal Glue or Protein Glue, an adhesive commonly used for Case making is also called Gelatin Glue, Jelly glue or Glutin. It is made of connective tissue and bones and hides of animals.

One large photo book printer recently contacted me and had several questions in regards to hot-stamping their covers and bound books. Not an easy question to answer. In the age of digital printing, we are dealing with so many new chemicals, coatings and laminating materials.

To a novice, this topic seems to be a simple task. Take some covering material, two boards and an inlay strip. Apply an adhesive onto the covering material. Place the boards and inlay into an exact position, turn-in all four edges and the case for a hardcover binding is finished.

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