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Re: [BKARTS] why fold on the grain?



It seems to me that a (blank) book, or a poorly made manufactured case
bound book, where the paper grain is ignored and runs from the spine to
the foreedge, will often fail to lay flat but will have a moderate
roll. Often this will be quite apparent. Each signature, if the book is
held loosely open, will have a noticeable gap alternately at the middle
of the fore-edge and then at the outer tips of the fore-edge. If the
paper is laid in with the grain parallel to the spine, that
unsatisfactory result will not occur because the paper will lay flat at
the fore-edge along the grain direction.

I'm sure all of us have bought a cheap book which shows that problem,
particularly in paperbacks. What is really yukky is to have it appear
in a "quality" first edition or table-top display book.

It is a fault which, once made, cannot be corrected.

Toby


On Feb 24, 2005, at 2:06 PM, Peter D. Verheyen wrote:


As publishers don't use water based adhesives there is no drawback,
other
than poorly opening pages, for them to use the paper cross-grained. In
some
cases it may also be an economic issue.

In terms of folding/cockling issues, if they can be avoided, why invite
them?

p.

At 04:18 PM 2/24/2005, you wrote:
HOWEVER, sometimes it's bind cross-grained or not bind at all.
Publishers
don't always follow grain direction these days, so rebinds are
sometimes
cross-grained of necessity, for instance.  Some of the problems, such
as
paper cockle, can be minimised by keeping the bind as close to
bone-dry as
possible.  Others, such as folding problems, have to be winced at and
and
lived with.



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