9 Best Binding Machines | March 2017
- has a jam release knob
- large opening accepts more paper sizes
- needs a better manual
- user friendly machine
- price is very affordable
- bit on the heavy and bulky side
- machine is lightweight and easy to move
- has a full set of disengaging dies
- rear hole punch tray is a pain to clean
- binds books up to 9/16-inch thick
- versatile design good for many projects
- 1-year warranty is included
- edge guide ensures proper alignment
- well reviewed by owners
- built for longevity and continuous use
- pins are fully disengageable
- electric built-in coil inserter
- category-leading power
History Of Book Binding
The first known book bindings occurred in the first century CE. At the time, it was often done on religious codices, which were printed on sheepskin vellum or papyrus. Up until the 1400s, most bookbinding in the west was done by monks, who laboriously copied book after book.
In 1447, when Gutenberg invented the printing press, the demand for book binding increased as books started becoming more commonplace. Still though, binding was done solely by hand until the mid-18th century when David McConnell Smyth patented the first sewing machine created specifically for book binding.
In 1895, perfect binding was invented, which is a method for gluing book bindings instead of sewing. It was rarely used for book bindings until 1931, at which point Albatross Books, a German publisher, introduced paperback versions. Paperback books caught on relatively quickly and in 1935 Penguin Books, an English Publisher, also started publishing paperback books. They were soon followed by Pocket Books in America in 1939.
In the 1950s and 60s, new binding systems were made designed for use in commercial office settings. To do this, new, easier binding methods were created such as VeloBinding, and plastic comb binding. These were based on a simple punch-and-bind process that was time consuming, but required very little skill.
They did not create the professional style of commercial books, instead producing results that looked like nothing more than bound together office documents. It wasn't until the 1980s that systems utilizing thermoplastic binding arose. These were capable of creating professional looking books, from any office or home setting.
Types Of Bindings Machines
When it comes to bindings, there are four types that are most popular in home and office settings. Each type offers its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Which is best for you will depend on what you are binding, and how often you will be binding.
Coil binding machines, also known as spiral binding machines, are good for internal office documents and presentations, but wouldn't be suited to any type of book binding for commercial sale. Think of the spiral notebooks you used in school; that is considered coil binding.
Unlike those spiral notebooks from years ago, PVC is now used instead of metal as it holds up better with less chance of bending. Spiral binding machines are incredibly easy to use, and are often less expensive than other models. The bindings are also durable and hold up well to regular use, plus they allow the reader to lay the book completely flat while open for note taking.
Comb binding machines are similar to coil binding machines in that they requires numerous small holes to be punched through the documents for a binding spine. Documents with comb bindings have a big plastic spine that can be customized by color and business names or logos. Comb binding is ideal for low cost, high volume applications where the bound documents do not need to be overly durable.
Wire binding is like a cross between spiral binding and comb binding. Instead of one single, spiraled spine, it makes use of a number of individual metal wires. These metal wires are bent into hoops by the wire binding machine. As with both of the previously mentioned options, it requires lots of small holes to be punched in the documents, but these holes have two wires hoops inserted into them instead of a single wire or plastic comb.
Perfect thermal binding machines are great for home publishers and offices that want to create truly professional looking products suitable for commercial sale. Most bookstore paperbacks still make use of thermal binding. They use glue as a binding material, creating a sturdy and durable product with no holes in the pages that can last for years. Books with thermal binding have a one piece cover that is folded in half, with the pages inserted in between.
Some binding machines are combo machines that will allow you to do two or even three different binding types from a single machine.
One Of The Creepiest Book Bindings
There are many rumors of books bound in human skin that are being kept in private or academic libraries. More often that not, these claims prove to be untrue when further investigated, but recently one such book was discovered in Harvard University's Houghton Library. It is a French book entitled "es destinées de l'ame by Arsène Houssaye" and it was published in the 1880s. The content in the book focuses on the nature of life after death and what happens to the soul, which makes the fact that it was bound in human skin even creepier.
Binding books in human skin, known as Anthropodermic bibliopegy is a relatively rare practice, but it is known to have been done in the 16th and 17th centuries. Most were bound in the skins of convicted criminals, but the aforementioned French book was bound in the skin of an unnamed mental patient.
The author was French novelists Arsène Houssaye and, after completion of the book, he gave it to a friend and medical doctor Ludovic Bouland, who also happened to be an avid book collector. Bouland was the one who choose to use human skin. He picked this particular female mental patient after her body failed to be claimed by family or friends.