The most productive way to produce short to medium run booklets is to take the complete set and then stitch, fold and trim. However with higher paginations, this method has always been limited by the appearance of the finished book – the more sheets there are, the more the book will ‘gape’ at the spine.
You can try to overcome this by crushing the book (by passing it through additional sets of rollers), however experience shows that pressure alone will not produce a flat book.
The answer is to clamp the spine of the book and pass a roller along it, reforming the spine into a square profile. There are two ways to do this – either as an extra process that takes traditional stitch-fold booklets and transforms them into SquareBack™ booklets; or to incorporate the spine forming into the booklet making process so that it becomes part of the folding mechanism.
Whichever way you do it, there are many benefits –
- Appearance – superior square-¬spined appearance of a perfect bound book, but with the security of a stitched spine.
- Security – compared to perfect binding, with the risk of loose pages due to glue cracking on the spine, a stitched spine gives long lasting security.
- Booklets can be opened flat for ease of reading, without damaging the spine.
- Booklets are flat, and so they can be easily handled and stacked in piles without slipping.
- The overall bulk is reduced by about one third – this reduced volume offers savings in packing and posting/shipping costs, and in storage space requirements.
- The square spine makes it possible to print on the spine, as on a perfect bound book.
- The professional appearance gives added value of the finished booklet.
Note: SquareBack™ book technology, which was developed and patented by Watkiss, is now the preferred choice of printers and print buyers all over the world. It is available on virtually all booklet makers on the market – either manufactured by or under licence to Watkiss.
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