However, if you bind it yourself, you can get the desired behavior pretty easily.
I have a summary of my process in the footnote of an older comment, but I've been able to get it working with hardcover books, and experimented with using a little bit of thread to reinforce the binding.
So far, none of my books have come apart and they all lay flat.
The problem with this is that you either have to print your own books or remove the binding from existing ones and then rebind them, which is not especially time consuming but not exactly fast either.
I wonder why this style of binding isn't more common?
Is it just too expensive or are there durability concerns?
Well done. :)
There is an excellent resource on binding examples here: https://www.designersinsights.com/designer-resources/choosin... which goes over them. But since book binding is literally several hundred years old there are lots of good references.
Sunnyvale used to have an adult education class on book binding that ran during the summer. I still have my class project from that class somewhere (which was a sewn case binding).
All that said, if the paper is stiff then the only lie flat option is spiral or comb binding.
It's got the desirable property of being lay-flat (like perfect binding), but also allows you to make a very strong/durable binding. I'm excited to try it for my next project.
If it was just a little bit cheaper to get on-demand printing done, I'd love to get some of my books converted into something like a rugged three-ring binder.
When I ordered a new Knuth volume 4A and found it couldn't be comfortably read -- you had to hold this heavy book open firmly at just the right angle or else the text on the inner margin would start to edge into hiding -- it was the last straw. Reading it in bed was an exercise in weightlifting. Even Knuth can't stop this? People can warez e-books instead, you know.
Some of the worst books I have seen are the print-on-demand ones by Springer. It’s tragic that pretty much all of their math books from the past 10–15 years are only available in this format. Springer used to produce very nice books up through the 1990s.
Urge your colleagues/teachers to stop publishing their books with Springer.
"""We reported this to Rachel, Heinze and Kölsch. Rachel responded promptly. As regards the material used for the cover, she informed us that
“The word cloth is a semantic term that incorporates many different types of
covers, including this one.”
It was illuminating to learn that Springer can no longer tell the difference between cloth
and paper. Imagine how much money the new owners of Springer could save if, instead
of wearing suits made of cloth, Springer management switched to paper suits; no one at
Springer would be able to tell the difference. On rainy days this could pose a problem,
but we know that Springer has suppliers with plentiful stores of glue. If Springer repairs
its paper suits with the liberal quantities of glue it uses in its books, then board meetings
could turn into stiff, uncomfortable affairs.
Nice to hear that a better version is available. I wish the online listings made it clearer what you'd get.
Only for books you're keeping I suppose. Or maybe you could re-sell directly.
As to bindings, I've always been a fan of spiral bound books.
There's also the Japanese style of printing shorter books in multiple volumes (at least I think this is the case - correct me if I'm wrong).
Given my aversion to paper-based reading, I've enjoyed using my Kindle, smartphone, and tablet to read. However, now there's two more problems. First, my smartphone is a constant source of distraction (calls, texts, work emails, personal emails, app notifications, etc.). Second, it feels like I spend the majority of my waking life looking at either a computer screen, a smartphone screen, or a Kindle screen -- it's kind of unsettling.
You might have been facetious, but FYI, the favored theory for the cause of normal myopia is insufficient UV light exposure during childhood. Eyestrain and close focal distance are not thought to produce it even though the latter is correlated with low UV light from being indoors.
There is at least some support for myopia being associated with close focal distance activities, as mentioned in this meta analysis:
In particular, my article discusses randomized experiments and the opinion of multiple disagreeing experts. Your article (also from 2015) is a meta analysis of observational studies on the correlation between near work and myopia, not the overall question of myopia origins. As far as I can tell, I don't think they try to test whether light exposure is the underlying cause, nor does you article claim represent the opinions of anyone besides the three authors.
I welcome links to more recent and comprehensive reviews, though. I definitely don't think this case has been closed.
I do actually have a few 'publishers proof manuscript' (presumably for pre-press copy editing and review) spiral bound copies of books that I found in a second-hand shop, and although easy to read, the pages got crumpled and torn very quickly when I transported them in my backpack.
Lay is a transitive verb, it requires an object e.g. he lays a book open.
Lie is intransitive e.g the book lies open.
(i was expecting this article to be someone reposting an NY Times article from the introduction of mass market paperbacks, and forgetting to put a date on it.)