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    Let's see some more pictures of your book, Aham!

    How much was it when it was all said and done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aham View Post
    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
    Wow, that turned out great with the cover picture! Glad you found these useful. I have dozens of alchemical books with those exact covers (although some are blue and others black). They are great because they fit almost any size of book, and you can easily add pages or notes later.

    The only thing I wish I could add is the title on the spine, although if the book is thick enough, I can write the title on the edge with a permanent marker. You could also glue a strip of paper with the title printed on it, although it might be a little difficult to add pages later.

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    Hi Schmuldvich, the cost for each report binder ended up being $2.32. I had purchased 40 reams of (96 bright, 20 lb) paper for about $60 at Staples so that's like $0.00075/page and I believe the black toner is about $18.50 and lasts about 4,000 pages. For this book, I forgot to print double-sided which I will do for the next book so the paper cost should be half

    Here are some more pictures:









    The other thing I plan to do when I print my next book is to offset the left margin by another 1/2" so that it's a bit easier to read even if it's a thicker book. This book is about 1" thick

    Hope this helps.

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    IAC, all thanks to you

    I was thinking about the same issue, how do I write on the spine of these books and have the flexibility to add or remove pages and then I came up with this idea of using old file folders. I cut a piece of an old file folder (any piece of scrap paper should also work) to create a spine on back. Should work for thin or thick books.









    I cut the spine length a bit shorter than I wanted to but not bad for the 1st trial run. Allows me to add notes/etc to the book without worrying about glue and should work for thinner books as well.

    The other thing that I like is that now all the books I print will be of the same size and will look exactly the same on the shelves.


    BTW, as you can see, I removed the center punch since these pages only need two holes.

    Hope this can generate some other ideas as well.
    Last edited by Aham; 01-29-2017 at 11:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aham View Post
    IAC, all thanks to you

    I was thinking about the same issue, how do I write on the spine of these books and have the flexibility to add or remove pages and then I came up with this idea of using old file folders. I cut a piece of an old file folder (any piece of scrap paper should also work) to create a spine on back. Should work for thin or thick books.

    I cut the spine length a bit shorter than I wanted to but not bad for the 1st trial run. Allows me to add notes/etc to the book without worrying about glue and should work for thinner books as well.

    The other thing that I like is that now all the books I print will be of the same size and will look exactly the same on the shelves.


    BTW, as you can see, I removed the center punch since these pages only need two holes. Hope this can generate some other ideas as well.
    Great idea about the spine notes! Yes, you don't need the centre hole, but since my paper punch already includes it, it doesn't make much difference. But yes, one could take out the centre punch.

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    I was thinking if someone wanted to, the other side of the flap could also be punched to form a full cover. Really depends on preference.

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    The cons of printing ?

    => Space ! It takes a lot of it if you print a lot.
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