Hardcover Books: How to Make Your Own

Published: 01st April 2011
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If you've ever wanted to make your own hardcover books, you'll be glad to know that it's actually pretty easy to do. All you need is the right materials, a thermal binding machine, a cold laminator, and some instructions. This article will guide you through the bookbinding process so you can make your own books for personal or professional use. Let's get started....

  • To begin with, you're going to need gather up your supplies. The supplies include a thermal laminator, hardback binding covers, a cold laminator, and the pages of your document. You'll also need a printout of the cover art and/or title for your document.

  • Take a few minutes to look through your document and make sure there aren't any typos or grammatical errors. You also need to make sure the pages of your document are in order because it will be very difficult to make any changes after the book is bound. Insert the pages into a hardback binding cover and set it aside for a minute.

  • Turn on your thermal binding machine if you haven't already. Give it a few minutes to warm up if needed. (Not all thermal binding machines need time to warm up. Be sure to check the device's instruction manual if you're not sure whether warm-up time is necessary.) When the machine is ready, make sure the pages in your document are flush and then place it in device. It will be bound in just a couple of minutes.

  • When the book has been bound, you should stick it in a crimper for several minutes. This helps strengthen the binding so pages won't fall out of your documents. Allow the book to cool off before you do anything else with it.

  • At this point, you can begin making a sticker for the front cover of your book. Take the printout mentioned in the first step and run it through your cold laminator with some adhesive-backed film. This will only take a few minutes because no heat is required. However, you may need a special cartridge for your laminator depending on the model. When your cover has been laminated, peel off the backing to expose the adhesive, and carefully apply it to the front of your book. Feel free to take your time while doing this so that the sticker is properly positioned. This is really important because you'll have a really hard time moving it later. (In fact, you probably won't be able to re-position it at all.)

  • That's it! You're done and now have a beautifully bound document that you created yourself.

As you can see, making your own hardcover books is easy and it doesn't really take a lot of time. You can make your own books to give away as gifts, impress your clients, and so on. You can bind novels, reports, term papers, photo albums, and more. Just make sure you have the right supplies and devices and you'll be good to go. Good luck with your bookbinding endeavors!

About the Author: Jeff McRitchie is the Director of Marketing for MyBinding.com. He regularly writes articles, reviews, and blog posts on topics related to bookbinding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his articles have been published in thousands of locations on the Internet. If you're looking for information about binding machines his articles are a great place to start.

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