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    Converting PDFs to Physical Books

    Hey guys, over the last few weeks I've downloaded quite a few PDFs and being old school I think it would be wise to turn some of the PDFs into actual books so I can write/annotate on the pages. Before I start down this process, I'm interested to hear what you guys do and the pros/cons.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aham View Post
    Hey guys, over the last few weeks I've downloaded quite a few PDFs and being old school I think it would be wise to turn some of the PDFs into actual books so I can write/annotate on the pages. Before I start down this process, I'm interested to hear what you guys do and the pros/cons.
    Almost no cons. You will have hard copies for yourself to annotate and conveniently take wherever you go without needing a digital 'reading device', and you will also have the PDFs - if you want to digitally send them to other people.

    Just print them out!

    Only con: Cost of printer ink

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    Check this thread out: http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showt...4485#post44485

    I use my own printer and/or FedEx Kinkos.

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    Andro, that's where I was heading as well but just wanted to get more opinions on cons. You're right. It's just toner and paper. Here in the US, Staples sometimes will sell 10 reams of paper (500 sheets per ream) for $15 and I think I have 30-40 reams somewhere in the basement

    Schmuldvich, your solution is ingenious and definitely something I will do as well. Thanks for the link to the other posts. I did a search on the forums before posting but I guess my search did not have the right parameters...

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    I just print them out, punch holes in the pages, and bind them with an ACCO Report Binding:

    http://www.theofficedealer.com/ACC25...ort-Cover.html

    Simple, quick, inexpensive and effective.

    They will expand anywhere up to about three inches in thickness.

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    Come on now... report binders??? That's too easy. Who wants that?

    Schmuldvich's idea was good, this is definitely better from my perspective. Unless someone else responds with an even better option I think this one is a keeper

    Thanks IAC


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aham View Post
    Come on now... report binders??? That's too easy. Who wants that?

    Schmuldvich's idea was good, this is definitely better from my perspective. Unless someone else responds with an even better option I think this one is a keeper

    Thanks IAC


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    Whatever's your fancy. Guaranteed, the string approach will result in pages ripping out and being very awkward to read.

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    Lulu.com is a very good option. It is cheap, what you get is a "book" and it's not expensive (you can choose soft-cover, hard-cover, color, black and white, different sizes, etc).

    The problem with the printers is that the ink is not water resistant... and unless you are a good book binder, then you won't get a "book".

    Of course, if you do it with your 1,000 pdfs, then it will cost a fortune, but if you pick your favorite books, it's cheap and reasonably good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illen A. Cluf View Post
    Guaranteed, the string approach will result in pages ripping out and being very awkward to read.
    Not at all actually! You'd be surprised! I have used yarn and twine, and I prefer twine. No issues whatsoever. I make sure to make my loops big enough to turn the pages though.



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    IAC, thanks for the recommendation on the report binders. The retailer link you provided ended up being the cheapest online that I could find and with free shipping, it was worth it.

    Here's my 1st book:

    Thanks again

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