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>Elna Tymes writes:
I'll repeat something I learned some 15 years ago, when I was
> writing books for
> major publishers: after beau coup focus groups and other studies the
> publishers discovered that ordinary readers REALLY DON'T LIKE
> 3-ring binders,
> and they REALLY DON'T LIKE books that are bigger than the 7"
> x 9" size.
I personally agree. I hate binders. They take up too much
space, both on a bookshelf and on the desktop. You can't
easily flip through them like a book. Drop one and you'll
spend the next 20 minutes re-collating and reassembling
And those updated pages? They almost never get put in the
right place in the binder. At best, they are stuck in the
back of it.
> One of the major arguments against perfect-bound books is
> that they won't lay
> flat on the desk. Guess what! There is a binding (suitably
> called "Lay-Flat")
> that separates the actual spine of the book (the place where
> the page sigs are
> literally bound together) from the printed part of the cover
> that wraps around
> the spine. Thus when a Lay-Flat-bound book is dropped onto a
> desk, it will
> open to a miscellaneous page and stay open and flat. And it
> turns out that
> most book printers know how to do a Lay-Flat binding and that
> its cost is only
> slightly more than a regular perfect binding.
We used this lay-flat binding for our larger manuals.
It works pretty well, but not as many vendors are set
up for it. The vendor we use now isn't.
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