Hardcover Binding for
Item Number — BKB-04
What the heck is this?
You’ve written the Great American Novel and no one will publish it.
Because today’s book publishers tend often to be NOT THE BRIGHTEST BULBS IN THE STRING. The block-buster best-sellers that have been rejected and rejected and rejected over years or even decades by publishing house weener-dudes, only to hit the big-time when they’re finally released, number in the hundreds. Just because your book hasn’t (yet) been “accepted” for mass publication, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth reading. Bind it and distribute it to friends and family. It’ll make a great coffee table book, an interesting conversation piece, or a perfect little gift. This is also a great option for family tree books, for company manuals, even for classy catalogues of high-end retail merchandise. It’s the perfect solution for displaying your poetry, or for your most special photographs.
We’re not a mass publisher, nor are we a vanity press (shudder). We simply bind one-of-a-kind books for a very reasonable price.
What method of binding do we use?
We’ve been binding one-of-a-kind hard-cover books for many years. We’ve tried, used (and rejected) probably every method ever devised. Some binding methods produce a strong and reliable bind–but are unsuitable for books-on-demand because of the complexities of setup. Many binding methods, such as thermal, Channelbind, and others, are suitable for one or two or a handful of copies because they require little or no setup. Unfortunately, those methods suffer from reliability issues.
Much of our staff comes from a deep-sea diving background; some come from law enforcement; some from aviation (helicopter crop-dusting). All of these fields are “do or die” types of occupations. The individuals employed in those fields learn quickly to only use means and methods which work. Every time. No matter what. Consequently, we tend to recognize even the possibility of flaws in systems, and through our years of binding books, we have never, ever found a book-on-demand method which completely and totally satisfied us in terms of reliability. Until now.
There’s an old saying: If you want it done right, do it yourself. So we did. Over the years we’ve developed a binding method which we believe is stronger and more reliable than anything on the market today. The only way one of our hard cover bindings will slip a page is if you literally tear it out of the book. We can even print on tear-proof paper which solves even that contingency! In aviation, in law enforcement, in deep-sea diving, one’s gear must work. Every single time. It must never, ever break down or fail. And we’ve designed our hardcover books with exactly those requirements in mind.
Do we print the pages, or do you?
To print your own pages, go here.
We stock only black. Other colors, sizes and orientations are available by special order at a significantly higher price, requiring a longer lead time (as much as five or six weeks).
By ordering a standard, letter-size book, in black, with a portrait orientation, you’ll receive your hardbound book in a week or ten day (sometimes in as little as a few days).
If you’d like to print a paper book-cover while you’re waiting, the hardcover dimensions are: 11.25″ tall, by 17.25″ across the back for a 100 page book. Add a little across the back for a thicker book. Be sure to add at least 4 inches on each end to wrap around inside the cover. Total dimension across the back should be, then, about 26 inches or greater.
We do not offer cover or spine printing, or embossing.
Regrettably, we cannot in good conscience charge
enough to justify the time and expense incurred
in offering this service.
To print your own pages and have us bind them, go here.