My print shop recently acquired a Sterling Digibinder. We also recently procured one of the most advanced small production copiers on the market (Ricoh C7210x Graphic Arts Edition). The Digibinder is what is known as a perfect binder (if you’ve ever seen a mass-market soft cover book, chances are it’s perfect bound!). It uses a high-strength glue to secure the pages inside of a cover and can typically handle between 250 and 300 books per hour, hand-fed.
The 7210 has the unique ability to print in what is known as fifth color. Currently I have Clear and White. What’s so special about white? Most printers cannot print in white! It lets you print clearly on darker colored paper or even black paper. Or, white could be printed as an underlying layer to make images POP on black paper. The Clear option allows great emphasis on certain areas using a thick, glossy toner (text, graphics, images, or the full page can be clear-coated).
What does this have to do with cartridge collecting? Simple: I can print small runs of books, booklets, magazines, posters, flyers, notepads, etc. I can print and bind books anywhere from two pages up to two inches (5.08 cm) thick with a soft cover (with a spine up to 12 inches/30.48 cm tall!). In addition to glue binding with the Digibinder, I can also print with the much simpler saddle stitching method (think your IAA magazine).
Want to have a printed catalog of your collection created to your specifications? I can do it! What to spruce up your man cave with 13x27 inch (33x68.5 cm) posters of cartridges with spot-gloss treatment to salivate over? I can make it happen. Want a calendar, notepad, or notebook designed with your favorite cartridges or prized pieces in mind? Easy enough, we just have to set it up.
I also offer straightforward designs and layouts for cataloging cartridges or other collectibles. If you have any questions about the process or pricing, please send me a message! I will gladly offer discounts to anyone on the forum. And if this post goes against the rules, I’ll take it down.
Here’s some blank sample books showing various sizes:
Strength of the bind: