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Create handsome hardback books out of your home or office desktop printer
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Most homes and office now have desktop printers which can output high quality printed text and graphics.

However, these usually come out on A4 sheets of paper.

Existing solutions to gathering and securing a stack of such sheets are inelegant to say the least. From a paperclip, to a staple, even a row of 5 staples down the let hand margin; through to ring-binders or those strange spring-loaded binders that retain the pages by friction alone, all have an air of office temporariness about them.

This proposed product is in the form of a professionally produced hardback book, with cloth covered boards, marbled endpapers, and glued in headband. However, instead of pages, this book has 1cm wide stubs, the upper side of each of which has on it a self-adhesive strip with a pull-off protective cover.

So next time you print out 100 emails between you and your paramour, you can pop down to the local stationary shop and buy a HomeBinder, A4 size, 100 pages.

- Open the book
- The enclosed plastic frame clips over the inside of the back cover, aligning the page corners and holding the first stub out and the others held back
- Remove the cover from the self-adhesive strip
- Lay the final page of your printout into the plastic frame
- turn the next stub down
- repeat until you are done.

Special gold letters (perhaps self-adhesive, perhaps pressure-transfer) are available for spine-titling. The plastic frame would be sold separately.

The product would be available in A4 and A3 sizes, with 50 pages, 100 pages, 200 and 500 page options.

Problems: how to stop the spine swelling and being too fat? Perhaps use super-thin Japanese paper for the stubs? Perhaps develop a machine that rolls along the edge of a sheet of paper stripping off half the thickness?

Leather and vellum bindings available at massively extra cost.

pocmloc, Apr 03 2011

Blurb http://www.blurb.com/uk
make your own book [xenzag, Apr 03 2011]

Binder of Demons http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Lord_of_Light
[normzone, Apr 07 2011]


       This may be just the solution for a project I am working on at the moment.
The_Saint, Apr 03 2011

       The price should be fairly low, because of mass production; comparable to a mass market hardback novel.   

       Can anyone help; what is the technical term for the little waxy paper strip that covers over a self-adhesive surface, and which you peel off and dispose of before adhesing some self to said surface?
pocmloc, Apr 03 2011

       a bafflet = baffle + strip of protective film
reensure, Apr 03 2011

       A baffling definition there!
pocmloc, Apr 03 2011

       They have one of these things at the Cambridge University Bookstore. I won't call this one baked, because I have yet to see a home version.
Alterother, Apr 04 2011

       [Altarother], what do you mean by //one of these things//? I presume you don’t literally mean one of the items descibed, (a hardback book with self-adhesive stubs instead of pages), because the bookshop would not find it very useful to have one only - it could be used only once, and would then be simply a book.
pocmloc, Apr 04 2011

       I would print out those emails on acid free paper, and take them to my local bookbinder*. Or I would if I could bear to look at them again.   

       I do have a point, actually. For really precious things with many pages, you use a real bookbinder. For really precious things with few pages, a scrapbook. For not-so-precious things, one of the inelegant solutions you list. So this idea has a very narrow niche: moderately precious things with many pages. But not too many pages, since you have to painstakingly glue each page to its stub.   

       *Yes, there's one in my neigborhood. Would I live in the sort of neighborhood that didn't have a bookbinder?
mouseposture, Apr 04 2011

       Thanks [Simpleton], but these appear to have a steel strip clamping the page edges - looks like a fancy version of the spring clip system mentioned in the idea text. File under “office temporariness”.
pocmloc, Apr 07 2011


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