Smyth sewn drawn on cover

The topic for this week is “smyth sewn drawn on covered books.”  This product looks very similar to a regular perfect bound book.  The only difference is that the book sections (or signatures) are thread sewn together.  The benefits of this binding style are

  1. Usually this style of binding will lay flatter, open flatter than a regular perfect book
  2. This style of binding is multiple times more durable than a regular perfect books
  3. The down side of this style is the cost is multiple times greater than regular perfect binding.  This extra cost is due to the fact that the binding process for perfect binding involves only one process after folding.

The perfect binding machine collates, binds and three side trims all in one pass.
For smyth sewing on the other hand, the folded sections must be separately collated, the sections sewn together and than the sewn sections have to be fed into a perfect binder, where the cover is glued on and the books trimmed.  Even with the added cost we are seeing an increase in jobs requiring this process!

Smyth sewn drawn on cover

Smyth sewn drawn on cover

Smyth sewn drawn on cover

Smyth sewn drawn on cover

Smyth sewn drawn on cover

Smyth sewn drawn on cover

Smyth sewn drawn on cover

Die-cut Covers

I did a presentation of die cut covers on hard back/case bound books.  I am repeating the product presentation because the addition of this video enhances the understanding of the process.  We can die cut hard back cover thickness up to 240 point.  Because of the thickness of the hard-back covers, the details of the die cut pieces that is to be removed cannot be as detailed as what can be die cut out of paper as light as maybe 100lb offset.

Die cut hard covers are distinctive, unusual and eye catching.  Every time I have seen someone pick up a book with a die cut cover, they always lift the cover and put their finger through the hole!

At first glance book #1 – looks like any other book; until it is opened as shown in book #2 and book #3.  Most of the hard-back die cut covered books are bound in the hard back/case bound style.  Pictures #4 to #7 are of a hard back/case bound book.  This one is different than most in that you can’t see the gray or brown “board” that frame the “hole”, because the four sides of the holes are “wrapped” with the material whit wraps the board.

Most books with die cut “wrapped covers”, are bound in the hard back/case bound style.  However, pictures #8 to #12 are books bound with wire-o binding style.  Pictures #8 and #9 illustrates a hard back, two-piece cover with die cutting.  Pictures #10 to #12 illustrates a die-cut, one-piece wire-o bounding style.

As I have said repeatedly…if your customer wants something, it is your job to give them something different!

Unique Book Covers

Book covers should not be boring!  The following examples are anything but boring.  Guess what the book with all the wood on the front cover…you guessed it…wood.  Kind of wood…applications for wood…pictures of wood products.  In this instance the wood is actually a “placemat” to put under dinner dishes.  The “sheet” of wood we simply mount to the front cover of a finished bound cover.

The book with a “78” record mounted on the front cover is about…you guessed it…the history of vinyl records!  To get a few thousand, used vinyl records, simply contact the head offices of some thrift store chains.  Tell them you want to buy 100’s of records with greatly damaged/ripped jackets at a greatly discounted price.  Quickly, you have thousands of records that go into the making of an absolutely, unique, very saleable book.

The book with the three dimensional “brain”, is simply a plastic “vacuum formed”, piece that we mounted inside the book cover.  In this case we die-cut the wrapped book cover, inserted the plastic piece that had a quarter inch rim around the edge, and mounted a standard “end paper”, that is found in all case wrapped/hard back bound books to permanently hold the piece in place.

The fourth book with the heavy, two-inch-thick magnifying glass was inserted and glued into the cover much the same.

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Unique Book Covers

Exposed smyth sewn books

It was only five years ago that we produced our first “exposed smyth sewn book!”  Since then the style has become more common.  Basically, this style of binding is very same as smyth sewn hard cover/hard back books except…the “sewn spine” is not covered!  The first picture is an “exposed smyth sewn book” with only a limp or flexible cover, front and back.  Picture #2 and #3 have a board wrapped cover.  When we produce these books, we apply white liquid glue to the spine to hold the sewn sections together more tightly.  Picture #4 is the same style of binding, except we have added food coloring to the glue, in this case blue, so the spine is solid blue.  If you look carefully you can see the thread lines on the spine.  We have several different colours of thread.  You can see in picture #3 that the thread is black.  Picture #5 is a very thin book with a flexible cover.

Exposed smyth sewn books

Exposed smyth sewn books

Exposed smyth sewn books

Exposed smyth sewn books

Exposed smyth sewn books

Exposed smyth sewn books

Sequins

I saw my first “sequins” book only two years ago.  The first book I saw produced only two colour changes, months later a book had three or four colour changes.  Now I have seen books when rubbed produce “WORDS”!!!..    We have sourced contacts that can produce rolls of cloth with customized, multicoloured, sequin patterns. That we can then us to “wrap”, hardcover/case wrapped books which result in a highly unusual product.  The actual “sequins” come in literally scores of different colours, sizes and shapes.

Sequins

Sequins

 

Sequins

Sequins

Sequins

Sequins

Sequins

Sequins

 

 

Leather Books

We bind books in leather.  As I mentioned in the video…leather is VERY expensive!!!  Leather comes in scores of different colours, textures and patterns.  Often the smell of the leather covers on a book is evident.  Certain grades of leather have a distinctive feel, (what book binders call “the hand” of the book).  Leather is the ultimate luxury in the world of books.

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Leather Books

Multi Cavity Box

I think this piece is fascinating.  When I first saw this, I thought it was a giant book, but as you can see it is a multi-cavity box.  It took us awhile to figure out how to produce this complex box which requires various board thickness, somewhat extensive die-cutting, hand wrapping…the time required to make one in a production run of say 500 is substantial.  Obviously this piece is very, very functional; highly unusual and memorable.  When one considers all the “cavities” housing the books, the ease of removing and replacing the books, the ease of book presentation and the tidy way everything “comes together”, this piece is remarkable.  If you need something “different” to house a number of books similar to this piece…call us!  We can help.

 Multi Cavity Box

 Multi Cavity Box

 Multi Cavity Box

 Multi Cavity Box

 Multi Cavity Box

Multi Cavity Box

Multi Cavity Box

Multi Cavity Box

Set-up Boxes

Set-up Boxes are an industry term to describe what people would describe as a chocolate box.  In the world of print (other than corrugated boxes), there are two kinds of boxes…set-up boxes and folding cartons (boxes).  The latter for example is the “box” that holds a tube of toothpaste.  This style of “folding carton” or box is collapsible, and the cost is 99.99% cheaper than a set-up box!  One problem with set-up boxes besides the cost is that when shipped, 98% of the bulk is air.

 

 

Set-up Boxes - Specialties Graphic Finishers

Set-up Boxes - Specialties Graphic Finishers

The set-up box style that I’m featuring today is collapsible!  This box style is more expensive than a regular set-up box…but because it is collapsible, shipping bulk is reduced very substantially.  Collapsible set-up boxes are just as durable as regular set-up boxes.  The user in many instances is more inclined to keep a collapsible box than the regular style.  These collapsible boxes come in almost as many sizes as regular set-up boxes do.  These boxes can be “wrapped” in coloured or printed paper, the manmade “wraps” that imitate leather etc.  Customers frequently find these boxes to be intriguing.  I’ve watched people flatten and erect the boxes two or three times in one sitting!

Set-up Boxes - Specialties Graphic Finishers

Set-up Boxes

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Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books are becoming more common.  The vast majority of these covers are heavier stocks; usually 12 point or thicker.  The fold is short at the face, because if the folded cover is flush, the binding price goes through the roof!  The reason for this is that the finished book cannot be trimmed because trimming would cut off the fold on the panel.  When the folded cover is flush, the book without the cover must be bound and trimmed at the face and then passed through the binder again to apply the cover!  We can now produce books with three or four or five panel covers!  I am continually hearing the market…give me something different…something memorable…something that engages the customer…something that sells more effectively.

One of the answers to these constant questions is “multiple panels” perfect bound book covers.

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Zig-zag folded covers on perfect bound books

Rollabind

This binding style has different copyrighted names such as Rollabind, Rolobind, Button bind…and others.  The process is not patented! With the exception of a metal ring binder, there is no other binding system in the world that allows the user to add and subtract sheets! The “buttons” come in sizes up to 1” and in about 20 different colours.  If you order black or white your order will be done quickly. Any other colour might take weeks waiting for the buttons.

Rollabind

Rollabind

Rollabind

Rollabind

We did a project once requiring 10,000 bound the “Rollabind” style.  Each month we punched an additional 10,000 new sheets that were sent to 10,000 retail outlets.  Each outlet was instructed to remove a certain page number and replace it with the new page (updated prices).  Of course, the removal and adding sheets required no machine(s).  The process ran flawlessly for months.  If you want something different, think Rollabinding, something to add or remove sheets with, think Rollabinding.

Rollabind

Rollabind