We used to send batches of books out to be perfect bound by a vendor in the Maryland suburbs. Outsourcing the binding added at least 2 days to our turnaround times. It’s hard to be “fast” when you have to depend on third parties, and the delay actually ended up costing us a bunch of potential work.
One of the drawbacks of perfect binding is the machines are usually quite large. So when Duplo introduced the DB-280 perfect binder (a compact yet powerful perfect binding machine), it made us think hard about adding perfect binding to the lineup of finishing/bindery services we offer in-house.
We’re pleased to report that professional perfect binding is now available right here at our DC shop. Books can be up to 1.6″ thick (approx. 400 sheets). And we can make perfect bound books in various sizes — really anything between 1.97″ x 3.15″ (tiny) and 12.6″ x 15.75″ (huge).
Coil and comb binding are great binding methods for showing off presentations because the materials can be opened flat and displayed in full. But when you think of a book, what comes to mind is pages held together with glue in the spine. This new unit of ours produces good ol’ fashioned books! It also does tape binding and padding, by the way.
Since we now do perfect binding on-site, we can print books on demand — yes, printed and bound on the same day they are ordered. If you are an author looking to print on an as-needed basis, or if you want to keep a small inventory on hand for immediate delivery, definitely give us a call. As a bonus to our customers, perfect binding is faster and cheaper than both coil and comb binding.
We now need to spread the word to our business and association clients about this new service. Will you help us? Thanks in advance.
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