Louis Pasteur famously said, "A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world." But unfortunately we don't deal in wine, and since his chief contribution to society seems to be keeping us safe from milk poisoning, we're pretty sure you can disregard this. (Sorry, time was short so we got all our history lessons from Wikipedia)
There are literally millions of uses for books, but no matter the use, rest assured you'll be making the best use of your money getting your books printed and bound with DocuCopies.
We offer five kinds of binding, arranged here in no particular order for your convenience:
1) Perfect Binding: this is popular among the self-published-author crowd and binds your book with a traditional, "soft-cover" style you'd typically find in your local book store (for you millennials, "books stores" were brick-and-mortar places of commerce people once frequented to purchase non-electronic books to read for business, school or pleasure.) Pages are printed and then glued into heavier cardstock covers. They're then trimmed at the edges to remove excess glue and uneven edges for a final product you'd be proud to set on a shelf and forget about for a couple years. This also allows for easy archiving, as this is the only binding which allows you to print on the book's spine.
2) Spiral Binding: Unlike that guy in high school who shoved you into the locker, Spiral Binding is the most popular for a good reason: it's generally the lowest in cost, looks very presentable and is incredibly durable. The binding is a plastic coil wound through oval-punched holes in your book and is available in a variety of colors: red, white, blue, black, or clear. We recommend spiral binding in cases where durability and lifespan is key. They will also lay flat when flipping pages for easy reading.
3) Wire-O Binding: This one is the "new kid on the block," as we just recently threw this binding option head-first into the social jungle of binding options. But like so many '80s high school movies, this new kid is suddenly running touchdowns, breaking hearts and becoming the envy of every dude on campus with its impeccable style, unbreakable demeanor and fairytale-book charm. This combines the professionalism of the Perfect Binding and durability of the Spiral Binding with a looped, metal coil for a final product that will sweep you off your feet. Available in black, white, blue, red and the ever-seductive pewter.
4) Comb Binding: This one is an oddball but still an important part of the bindery landscape for one particular characteristic: pages can be added or removed when needed. You will need a machine to pull the combs apart if you wish to change yourself. This is usually a good choice for works in progress like pre-production novels or screen plays. Comb binding is only available in black plastic.
5) 3-Ring Binders: Last but not least we have the 3-ring binder option. This is great for material where you'll be wanting to add or subtract content regularly and want the added durability and protection of a 3-ring binder. Generally your first page is inserted into the plastic pouch on the front of the binder to display as the book's cover.
For all of our bound books we recommend leaving a .5" safe zone for any important content on the binding side of pages. This is to ensure wording does not get cut off or is hard to read when your printing is bound.