Steel Cover

A book with a STEEL COVER??? Yes.  A major publishing company thought that a formed (bent) steel cover was a good idea.  Apparently, the book sold well.  I’m impressed.  We can make books also like this!  The “metal “cover “could be copper, steel, aluminum, brass……lots to choose from.  If you want a metal cover……call us, we can help!

Star-Burst Folder

This product is most commonly called a “star-burst” folder.  Star-burst is a copyrighted name, and there are other names, such as “explosion” folder and “pop-out” folder, etc…  This style of folder requires die-cut perforating, hand-folding and finally “tipping” into what is most often a heavier stock 4 page “carrier”.  In our company we can automatically tip the folder into the carrier if the quantity is large and the size is smaller than 9 inches square.  This style of folder is always memorable.  I have observed clients while they open and close the piece several times in one sitting.  If you want to capture a client’s attention show them a “star-burst folder!

Star-Burst Folder

Star-Burst Folder

Star-Burst Folder

Star-Burst Folder

Star-Burst Folder

Courier Envelopes

We now manufacture “courier envelopes”.  Note, “we do not print”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You print the envelopes one or multiple up.  We then add six processes to your printed “envelopes”.

One……we die cut.

Two……we perforate

Three……we apply our “removable transfer tape”

Four……we apply our “plastic pull/tear strip

Five……we fold

Six……we glue

We are not an envelope company.  We do not chase your customers directly as an envelope company does regularly. If you need customized “courier envelopes”……………..various sizes……stock weights………..open side/open end…….please call us we……..we can help.

Side/Flat Sewing

Side or flat sewing one pieces covers is not very common.  We do this process.  In most situations the sewing makes the covers more durable.  All things considered; the process is expensive.  There are literally dozens of different thread colours, textures, and diameters.  Most often a client wants edge/side sewing for aesthetic reasons.  When one considers the 100’s of cover colours available, and the scores of thread colours ……. the combination of colours can be impressive!







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