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Looking for off-the-shelf housing devices for a catalog we're designing. The books have to be binder-friendly, but the client and I both really want to avoid drilling holes in these beautiful books if at all possible.
I've looked all over the place, but everything out there (Uline, Paper Presentation, etc.) is either ugly or expensive. We'd already discussed the possibility of building our own housing device. But since only a small portion of recipients will actually want one of these envelopes or slipcases, the per-unit cost might not be feasible.
You want the catalogs bound or stored? I'm confused.
Sorry. It's a perfect bound 120 page catalog. Need some sort of slipcase or envelope that is pre-drilled for fitting into a binder, or that won't look terrible of drilled after the fact.
What I originally had in mind was a custom slipcase that opens on one side, with one panel being wider and doubly enforced so it would fit comfortably into a 3-ring binder.
I don't think you're going to find anything off-the-shelf like that. Maybe your typical plastic sleeves... I think what you're talking about would be a custom piece. Although what i'm imagining wouldn't be terribly difficult to produce but probably not cost-effective.
Could be heavy stock scored, trimmed, glued and drilled to act as a slipcase binder insert.
Or maybe even something more heavy duty - a vinyl covered piece of chip with a urethane sleeve on the front.
Just throwing ideas out there...
Ohh.. here's an idea. What about a strip of material that's pre drilled that is then adhered to your catalog with that adhesive that just peels right off. You know the rubbery stuff that doesn't tear away material and peels off into a squishy little ball?
"rubbery stuff that doesn't tear away material" ... you mean booger glue? Dunno the technical term.
It would need to be a reusable housing device, so I doubt that would work. Interesting suggestion, though.
Now I'm wondering if we just drill a small number of books for the few product dealers who ask for something binder-friendly. It's been a while since I've designed a perfect bound book that needed to be drilled. But if I recall, printers don't like to drill a book less than .25" from the spine. We'd need to account for a hinge score. Given that a 120 pg book would need a good .75" gutter margin, we might be ok. Just thinking about the possibility of some copy getting nicked.
you have a strip of 1 or 2mm
plastic | paper | plastic
everything pre-punched. the plastic only needs to be wide enough to accommodate the punch diameter.
Thx tesmith... not seeing how those would work on a perfect bound book.