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How can I maintain my paperback book?
Despite the increase of technology, reading, especially with books (not e-book readers) is still one of the most popular things people do with their free time. The beloved paperbacks are more affordable than hardcover books but they can fall apart a lot easier if you don’t take proper care of them. Here are a few ways you can prolong the lives of your paperback books:
- If you tend to read a lot in places other than your home (i.e. on public transit, or at a Starbucks), you might want to get a customized fabric cover for your latest read. This will keep the book in good shape no matter where you’re reading.
- Applying a clear plastic overlay to your books can keep the covers in good shape and enhance the book art.
- If the pages start falling out of your paperback books, it is possible to fix the problem. To do this, you’ll need a thermal binding machine such as the Pro-Bind 2000. (Other thermal binding machines will work as well.) If there is still a decent amount of adhesive left in the spine, you can most likely run the book through a binding cycle in order to secure the pages. However, if there isn’t much adhesive left, you should use a thermal glue binding strip. Just take a strip and trim it down (if necessary) and place it in the book’s spine before running the paperback through a binding cycle. Whether you’re using the original adhesive or a thermal glue strip, make sure you tap the book against a hard surface after you remove it from the machine to help the pages set. You should then let the paperback cool off before opening it up to ensure that the pages will stay in the book.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)