Re: Three-ring binding

Subject: Re: Three-ring binding
From: Linda Sherman <linsherm -at- GTE -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 11:57:07 -0400

Mark Dykstra wrote:
> A while back, there was a posting that referred to a cost-efficiency
> analysis of distributing documentation in three-ring binders. The sender
> indicated that it was actually more expensive to distribute docs in
> binders than perfect-bound books, and that there was extensive research
> that proved that point.
> I'm hoping that the original sender or someone else with the information
> could let me where I could get my hands on that research. We're
> currently distributing in three-ring binders, and I'd like to write a
> convincing case that we would be better off going with perfect binding.

If you want a truly convincing case, never mind the studies. Call some
local printers (offset printers, that is--not your local copy shop) and
get estimates. Besides, if you don't do this, and the print job turns
out to cost more than your study predicted it would, your credibility
will be shot to hell.

There are just too many variables in printing to safely assume that
someone else's experience will be relevant to your own. A study will
only provide statistical averages.

There are a number of excellent books that explain the various types of
printing and binding. My personal favorite is "Getting It Printed" by
Mark Beach. Among other things, the author talks about the relative
costs of various printing and binding methods.

Linda K. Sherman <linsherm -at- gte -dot- net>
Freelance Writer: Technical - Business - Government

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