There are many different binding methods, and the type you choose depends on what you want the outcome of your book to look like.
Ring binding is a simple and cost effective bookbinding technique that is great for when you might have to add more text to your handmade books.
Thermal binding is a sturdy and neat binding method that allows documents to be opened flat. You don't have to have covers for thermal bound books. The way thermal binding is so strong is that it uses plastic strips and heat-fused cloth. There are actual bookbinding machines you can buy to do thermal binding, or you can make your own home bookbinding machine.
Perfect binding is the most common solution for paperback books and novels. You can easily do perfect binding at home using simple crafts materials such as a razor knife, Gorilla glue, and thick paper for the binding. It also helps to have a flat surface you can place the pages on while you do your binding.
Simple bookbinding techniques such as these can be a cost effective solution if you are trying to self publish or don't want to spend scads of money on a publishing company to publish your book.
To bind books, there are three simple steps. First is to assemble your pages neatly so that they line up together and stay stacked evenly. This is vital so that your binding will be straight and even.
Secondly, it is necessary to make the actual binding itself, then attach it to your pages. You use binding board for this, which can be as simple as some cardboard or thick paper if you wish. Type of board used to bind books is dependent on the ultimate outcome. For example, paperbacks will simply use thick paper for their bindings.
The third step is to measure these pages and bind them carefully by placing the pages on a flat surface, then using a strong object to hold them down. At that point, you will need to use your knife to cut the pages evenly. When the pages are measured and cut, they are easily ready to be attached to your binding.
The process that will best teach you how to bind books at home is simply practice. By doing it enough, you will quickly master the art of home bookbinding. Eventually you will be able to create more stylized bindings such as medieval and Japanese-style bindings for your books.
It is possible to reduce the acidity in cereal box card by soaking it in calcium carbonate and drying it under weight, between blotters. You can also coat it with PVA to seal in the board, reducing contact with the air.
However these methods are time consuming and use a lot of bookbinding glue if you choose the PVA method, so it will cost you more ultimately than buying good board.
You can also purchase testing kits to test the acidity of your bookbinding board. Litmus paper also works where you wet out a sample of the chosen material and lay the litmus paper on it. This paper gives you a basic acid vs. base reading by its color.
So in conclusion, cereal box cardboard is not a good bookbinding material for using in book spines. It is not structurally stable enough to stay flat even when surrounded by paper on both sides.
It's important to keep it near the spine so that your signatures stay in place. Depending on what type of book you are trying to create – softcover, hardcover, photo album, etc. - you may need sandpaper and cardboard or some other materials, but these are all very cheap.
In fact, you can learn how to create your own homemade bookbinding machine and reuse the same materials over and over for every book you want to bind. This method is great if you have a lot of online or computer material you want to print and read later.
It will cost very little to bind your paper, and you can simply print it off; printers are really cheap these days, and laser printers are fast and efficient.
Learning how to bind your own books is a fun and creative process that doesn't cost much and is something you can use for the rest of your life. If you want, you can start practicing by taking some rough papers and doing bindings on them to make sure you are applying book bindings correctly.
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All you need is a printer (inkjet preferably), paper, and the materials listed in the binding books post below.
First look at the type of book you're printing. Is it an instructional manual or reference book? Comb binding or a spiral binding might work best for easy page finding, if so. If it's a fiction book, having a regular paper binding which you glue to the back to make your own paperback book is a good choice.
You can get creative with your book covers, as well. For example, you can experiment with different fonts on Microsoft Word or Open Office. If you are printing a book you've written - even if it's just a collection of recipes - you can make it look a lot better by using an interesting font.
When deciding if you should make the book hardcover or paperback, think about the type of book, again. Fiction is usually best read in paperback, and if you intend to publish or sell the book, it's ideal. Hardcover books require cardboard, so you'll need some extra materials if you want to make your own hardback books.
Printing your own ebooks and binding them is a cinch these days. Save your eyes some strain and print your books for easy reference!