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Binding methods for office supplies notebooks and paginated books

If you choose a paginated book that does not require supplementary pages, common binding methods for paginated books in the market include glue binding, saddle stitch binding, thread binding, and spiral binding.

In the early days, glue-bound books simply glued the inner pages together. Such books couldn't be completely flattened, and when writing, you might find it uncomfortable to write near the spine of the book. Many people have to give up this part of the space, which is really a waste. Even now, many office supplies manufacturers still use this rough method to bind books, and you can still see many books with good-looking covers but poorly bound in small stationery stores on the street. The chance of opening the glue, dropping pages, and exploding the book will be very high when using such books, so please choose carefully.

The glue binding process has been improved later, and now many glue-bound books can be completely flattened. In the entire process of using the book, there is basically no waste of book space. Even if the spine part of the book is smaller, the inner pages are not easy to fall off. At the same time, tearing off the inner pages will be more convenient. However, the number of pages in such glued books is not too many, and they are generally lightweight and thin office supplies notebooks.

Many paginated books are glue-bound. They can be completely flattened during use. Because it is glue-bound, if you want to tear off the inner pages, the edge will still be very smooth. The covers of paginated books have various styles, including simple solid colors, fruits, and animal covers.

The books bound by saddle stitch are mostly able to be flattened, but when you tear off one page, the corresponding page is also likely to fall off. Books bound by saddle stitch are generally also relatively lightweight and thin.

The earliest thread-bound books were very similar to the binding method of ancient books, where the paper was sewn into books with thread. The spine of such books is very thick and they cannot be flattened. Over time, due to weather and other reasons, the state of the binding thread may change, so the entire book may no longer be flat, and the pages cannot be completely seamless with the book cover. Most of the threads used to thread-bind books nowadays have become stronger and more stable, and thinner. This way, the book can be completely flattened and is less likely to lose pages. However, it still suffers from the same problem as saddle-stitched books, where tearing off one page can easily cause the other page to fall off. But perhaps because the cost is relatively low and the production process is more mature, many office supplies manufacturers still use thread-bound books.

Spiral-bound books are favored by many because of their stable binding method. But traditional spiral-bound books can be rough on the hands. Also, some people may get lines on their hands after a lot of writing. Of course, although loose-leaf books do not affect the binding of other pages when tearing off the inner pages, it is difficult to tear them off completely and can cause damage due to uneven force.

Binding methods for office supplies notebooks and loose-leaf books

The 20-hole standard for Japanese loose-leaf books in A5 size and the 26-hole standard for B5 size are now used by most loose-leaf books on the market. Standard size loose-leaf book pages are very easy to buy, and replacing loose-leafs is also very convenient. Loose-leaf books may have the same problem of rough handling as spiral-bound books when writing, but loose-leafs can be taken out separately for writing. If necessary, there are also A4 standard loose-leaf books, most of which are compatible with A5 and B5 pages, making note-taking and sorting convenient.

Most 6-hole loose-leaf books are bound by metal rings. Because there are fewer rings, it is more secure to make them sturdier. The 3-hole loose-leaf metal rings are larger in size and also take up a larger space in the middle of the inner pages, making writing very inconvenient. However, 6-hole loose-leaf books are generally well-designed. So many people love them and hate them at the same time, which is very confusing. Similar to this are 8-hole loose-leafs.

These loose-leaf notebooks, with fewer rings, usually have covers made of pure cowhide or sheepskin, which are very durable. And they offer different textures of covers and complete inner page accessories, which can almost meet all special and niche needs.

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