How to Bind Books Fast

July 12, 2019
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Want to learn how to bind books fast? We're talking, lightning speed, here. Well the truth is that there are a couple different ways to quickly turn a stack of paper into a bound book, without having to wait for days or even hours. Take a look at the fastest ways to bind books below.

Without A Machine

First, we will go through the fastest ways to bind books without the use of a formal binding machine. This keeps costs low, especially when working with lower volume book binding needs. No investment into a several hundred or thousand dollar piece of equipment is needed for these quick binding solutions.

With Screw Posts

One major benefit to this quick binding method is the editability factor that the metal varieties offer; you can open and close the Chicago screws as often as you need, so you can add or remove pages from your book. Plastic options are a bit stronger and harder to un-bind, so those are great for more permanent books. You can use a single hold punch, or ant standard 2 or 3 hole puncher.

What you Need:

  1. Hole Puncher (Single hole, 3-hole, whatever you want)
  2. Chicago Screw Posts (aluminum, steel plastic, etc)

How to Quickly Bind with Screw Posts:

  1. Punch holes in your paper.
  2. Place the post (hole-end) through the hole of your stack.
  3. Twist the screw end into the post.

Simple. Inexpensive. Easy. And fast! What could be better?

With Book Rings

Just like the posts, loose book binding rings will work with any kind of hole puncher you have. So if you want just 1 ring in the corner, you can use a single hole punch; or if you want 3-holes, you can use any office 3-hole puncher. They snap open and closed, which makes them incredibly fast and easy.

What you Need:

  1. Hole Puncher (Single hole, 3-hole, whatever you want)
  2. Loose Leaf Book Binding Rings (Metal, plastic, or other)

How to Quickly Bind with Binding Rings:

  1. Punch holes in your paper.
  2. Open the rings and place them into the holes.
  3. Close the rings.

Easy. Fun. Affordable. Book binder rings are a great way to bind books fast.

With Pinchbooks

These unique hard covers were brought to the market in 2018 and have been a hit ever since. They make truly professional hard back bound books in just a few seconds. They do have a limited sheet capacity of about 35 sheets (70 pages front and back), so you can't bind the variety of documents as you can with posts and rings, but they also look very impressive and presentable. Pinchbook hard covers also come in several sizes and colors, so you can go with a professional black linen or elegant faux leather, navy and royal blue options, as well as several others. Some have front window cut-outs to show a portion of your first page, and some have a solid cover. They are sold in small packs of either 5 or 10 books, depending on the size, so you don't have to over-buy.

What you Need:

  1. Pinchbooks (In your chosen size and color)

How to Quickly Bind with Pinchbooks:

  1. Open the cover so the spine mechanism opens.
  2. Slide your pages into the spine and down onto the straightening tab.
  3. Close the covers.

Professionalism without an expensive machine + 5 second binding = one of the best ways to quickly bind books.


With A Machine

Now that we've covered all of the ways to quickly bind together pages without a machine, let's move onto the "with machine" methods. These will be ideal for larger volume binding operations, like offices, corporations, and print shops. Some are still quite affordable, though, so check out the below options, even if you are a smaller office, teacher, or anyone else.

Coverbind is actually the fastest way to bind books with a machine, as some models can bind several books per second (that is not a typo...per second). Even the slower Coverbind machines still bind 15 books per minute, which is much faster than any other punch and bind option out there. Coverbind is a thermal binding brand, which means that they use pre-made covers that have glue in the spine. The machines heat up the glue to bind the pages. Coverbind isn't like other thermal bindings, though; they have an advanced system, including covers with unique properties to ensure a strong bind for every page in your book. These covers offer the strongest bind on the market with their EVA adhesive and unique cotton mesh/glue combination. Coverbind books can also be edited; usually between 1 and 3 times until the glue becomes unusable. Now let's check out the three different machine options, beginning from the lowest volume to the highest.

With the Accel Flex

The Coverbind Accel Flex is the perfect tabletop thermal binding machine for small businesses, medium businesses, and even large businesses with daily binding needs. It features a large binding plate that will handle Coverbind thermal binding covers up to the largest 2" size available, as well as over-sized documents up to 14 ⅞" high; this means you can bind legal size documents in addition to standard letter size and mini documents. It can bind up to 15 books at one time*, and has a quick 60 second binding cycle, which gives your output speeds of up to 900 documents per hour. It is a powerful, compact, and attractive binding machine that fits perfectly into any office environment. If your office needs to bind higher volumes of books in bulk from time to time, or needs to make a single document for a client presentation, the Coverbind Accel Flex thermal binding machine can get the job done with low production and labor costs. Whether you need to bind hard covers for premium client presentations, or soft covers for manuals, reports, and more, the huge variety of Coverbind covers is sure to full your needs.

What you Need:

  1. Accel Flex Thermal Binding Machine
  2. Coverbind Covers (in your chosen style, size, and color)

How to Quickly Bind with the Accel Flex:

  1. Turn on the machine and gather your pages together into a square stack. Place the stack into the spine size selector; the screen will inform the operator which Coverbind cover spine size you should be using based on the document thickness. This eliminates any guesswork, and helps create an immaculate finished piece. The Coverbind Flex will work with the full range of Coverbind supply spine sizes, from 1/16" up to 2".
  2. Insert your page stack into the cover size recommended, and place the cover into the machine. You can place them one at a time, or in batches with several books. The slot will hold up to a 2" thick spine, so depending on your document thickness, you can place up to 15 documents in at one time*.
  3. Drop&Go technology means that you don't have to stand around while the machine binds. Simply place your documents in, and walk away to perform other tasks. The binding process takes only about 60 seconds*, and the Flex will count down, emit a tone, and the light will turn red when the bind is complete, notifying your user they can remove the documents, place them into the included cooling rack, and bind the next batch. Books should remain in the cooling rack for at least 2 minutes before being handled. Thicker books should be left longer (see below tips).

The Accel Flex makes binding both hard and soft cover books with unmatched strength simple and fast.

With the Accel Cube

With the Accel Cube from Coverbind, your corporate office or print shop can produce top-quality finished documents in both hard and soft covers, without any hassle, and faster than any other traditional binding method on the market. In fact, it will produce these premium bound books at speeds up to one per second*, which is 45 times faster than punch and bind methods, and 30 times faster than tape binding machines. With the Accel Cube thermal binding machine, all you have to do is place your document in the size selector, place the pages into the displayed cover size of your choice, and place your covers into the machine. The Accel Cube will automatically run the binding process and notify the user when books are complete. It will run Coverbind thermal binding cover spine sizes from 1/16" to 5/8", and is rivaled only by it's big brother, the Accel Ultra (discussed below). It features upgrades from previous models that include increased quality, faster binding, a stronger bind, and a sleek machine design. If you're ready to improve your production speed, while eliminating the hassle of punch-and-bind, all while producing the highest quality bound documents, then the Coverbind Accel Cube thermal binding machine may be perfect for you.

What you Need:

  1. Accel Cube Thermal Binding Machine
  2. Coverbind Covers (in your chosen style, size, and color)

How to Quickly Bind with Accel Cube:

  1. Turn on the thermal binding machine from the LCD screen. Gather your pages together into a stack and place the stack into the spine size selector on the top of the Accel Cube. The screen will display which size of Coverbind cover you should be using based on the document thickness, eliminating any guesswork. It will bind documents using spine sizes from 1/16" up to 5/8".
  2. Insert your page stack into the cover size recommended, and place the cover into the machine. You can place them one at a time, or in batches with several books. The slot will hold up to a 5/8" thick spine, so you can place as many documents into it at once as will fit into that capacity.
  3. Drop&Go technology will move the documents through the machine, completing the binding process automatically. This means you don't have to stand around and wait once all documents are loaded into the machine; you can walk away and perform other tasks while it runs. When the process is complete, a light on the screen will turn red, letting your operator know they can remove the books from the exit tray. This light will also turn red when the exit tray is full, and needs to be emptied before the bind can be completed. The entire binding process takes only about 1 minute* per cycle.

The Cube is a step-up from other solutions, and one of the only automated thermal binders with continuous loading on the market. This makes it incredibly unique and specially suited for larger operations that demand speed, efficiency, and quality with little manual labor necessary.

With the Accel Ultra or Ultra Plus

Faster than anything else on the market, the Accel Ultra helps your business produce premium-quality bound books in as little as 1 second per book -- that's about 45 times faster than any other traditional binding method on the market. A huge variety of Coverbind thermal binding covers are available, allowing for use with soft covers and hard covers of many varieties. Choose from two different Accel Ultra Models: The standard model to bind spine widths including 1/16", 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", and 5/8", or the plus model to bind spine widths including 3/4", 1", 1 ¼", and 1 ½". Included with your machine is the specially designed stand for optimum working height. These automatic thermal binding machines are revolutionizing the thermal binding industry with their sleek design, simple operation, and their ability to decrease costs while producing the highest quality bound documents. They are perfect for large print rooms, businesses, and anyone with higher-volume daily binding needs that still needs the ability to produce short-runs at a low cost. (Plus the Flex is included with your purchase for free)

What you Need:

  1. Accel Ultra/Ultra+ Thermal Binding Machines
  2. Coverbind Covers (in your chosen style, size, and color)

How to Quickly Bind with the Accel Ultra:

  1. Turn on the Ultra or Ultra Plus thermal binding machine from the screen. Gather all of your sheets together into a stack and place the stack into the spine size selector on the top of the machine. The screen will display which Coverbind cover spine size you should be using based on the document thickness. The Accel Ultra will bind documents using spine sizes from 1/16" up to 5/8", while the Accel Plus will bind documents using spine sizes from 3/4" to 1 ½".
  2. Insert your pages into the Coverbind cover of your choice in the indicated spine size, and place the cover into the unit, spine-side down. You can place them one at a time, or in batches. The Ultra will hold up to 5/8" thick books in each section, or if binding smaller books, as many books as will fit into that 5/8" capacity. The Ultra Plus will hold up to 1 ½" between sections, or multiple thinner books that equal that capacity.
  3. Press start, and walk away. Or if you have more documents to load, place them just as before into the open sections as the machine rotates the books through, and exposes more open sections. The Drop&Go technology feature means that once your Accel Ultra is loaded, you don't have to stand around or perform any other tasks while it binds. The Accel Ultra will chime and the binding light on the side of the machine will turn red when the binding process is complete (which takes about 1 minute*) so that your operator can remove the finished documents, and load more documents to be bound.

The Ultra and Ultra Plus are truly the fastest binding solution out there today. With the simplicity and unmatched speeds, these thermal binders are ideal for high volume operations like print shops and corporations.


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Mallory Morsa, Binding101 Product Expert About the Author • Mallory Morsa has been a part of Binding101 since 2008 and has experience in several departments within the company. She began in customer service and sales where she honed in her skills to provide the customer with professional, fast, and accurate information. Shortly after, she was promoted to sales supervisor and also took on the role of product expert, training the team on new products. Throughout this time, she also wrote content for the site, as well as contributed stock photography and videography. As the team grew, she moved to an official position as the content specialist and social media manager. Her skills in these variety of areas give her the unique expertise to not just create content for the web, but to create content for you, the customer. She has a Bachelor's degree in business management and marketing, was on the Dean's List each year, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. In her free time, Mallory's favorite things to do include volunteering at the animal shelter by bottle feeding neonatal kittens, reading at the park, cooking plant-based meals, playing board games, and binge streaming TV shows with her 3 furbabies and family beside her.


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