Although there are economic solutions to getting your work bound, most are tied to automated production systems with limited options. Most of them restrict your book to a few standard sizes with perhaps two paper choices. Covers are usually standard printed images with no other options other than perhaps a glossy or matte finish.
Often there is a minimum quantity requirement, exceeding the actual number of books needed. This fact alone will discourage authors from publishing their work in a paper based book format.
I have designed my bookbinding operation to offer more choices and smaller quantities of books. None of my procedures are automated. I bind all my book orders individually and by hand. This opens up a lot of possibilities.
A typical custom book order might include inserts on exotic papers, a fold out or perhaps a cut-out window in the cover. Further, I can offer a number of binding styles ranging from the simple perfectbound paperback to a full leather bound hardback edition with foil stamping and ribbons.
Binding styles are limited only to the imagination. There are many types of professional book cloth for making covers, and an enormous choice of fabrics and paper goods that can be incorporated in book design.
I will be presenting some unique book design ideas in the near future, including medieval rounded spines and some more modern Japanese stab binding samples.
Stop back and see me soon!