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Re: [BKARTS] Bindery equipment for sale

The Library Binding Institute publishes a bi-monthly or quarterly in which
they used to discuss industries and equipment.
I suggest that you get to them: http://www.lbibinders.org/  and poke around
to see what they can recommend.  They can probably point you to a machine
supplier that can help you.

I personally have not had any experience with them other than probably seen
some of the same publicity you have about the process.  I would expect that
it would be fairly expensive, and whether it would do hard cover work is
doubtful.  My guess is that you would have to reproduce the text-block and
then be able to put a hard cover on it or someone available who could do so
for you or the customer.

Also see: http://www.instabook-corporation.com/ for equipment link.  It
quotes $500 a month, and the books are PerfectBound, not library binding.

Hope that helps.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Karen Runnels" <karemelia@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2004 11:02 AM
Subject: Re: Bindery equipment for sale

Hi Charles,

Saw your email to sell your bindery equipment. I'm not a prospect, but
like to pick your brain a moment if I may.

I've never been in publishing, but want to create a line of personalized
children's books. I want to be able to print them on demand for my
in a mall setting.  The only small system I've found is the InstaBook
but it does not do hardcovers, which I want my books to have. It also
to be a little finicky, having some time-consuming glitches the user must
deal with. (I read some reviews, have no personal experience with it.)

I keep hearing so much about Print On Demand being the next big thing, but
when I search online, all I find are printers who offer POD services, not
the actual equipment.

Do you know of any system that would serve the purpose of printing and
binding hardcover children's books on demand, while the customer waits?  I
read that bookstores may soon be printing out books while the customers
wait, so the technology must exist.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Karen Runnels
My Very Own Books, LLC

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