Book Debinding

  1. I am hoping to start the RN program in the spring and have checked EVRYWHERE to get the books debinded. I hear this, "It's against copyright law." I say I am not wanting copies I am just wanting it to where I can punch holes in teh pages and place it in MY notebook! I don't even want them to spiral bind it! WHERE can you get this done?!? Thanks!
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  3. by   Melina
    Have you tried a copy/printing chain? We have Kinko's out here. Are these hardback books? Personally, I would just take an art knife to the edge of the binding, then clean up the edge with a paper cutter if I need to. If they are softback books you can use also use an iron. There's a great tutorial here:
    http://hem.bredband.net/pnyxtr/scann...on_debind.html

    ~Mel'
  4. by   Daytonite
  5. by   rn/writer
    The reason you are being refused by professionals is that when booksellers return unsold books to publishers, in many cases, they don't return the entire book. It's cheaper and more efficient to dispose of the book than to go to the expense of returning it.

    How then do publishers verify that a book was indeed unsold? The bookseller is required to turn in the front and back covers to be credited. With that in mind, those covers are like coupons worth the price of the entire book. I'm not certain, but there may actually be penalties for some professionals who assist with debinding.

    Sometimes you will see a disclaimer in the front of a book (especially paperbacks) stating that if it is being sold without covers it is very possibly being marketed illegally.

    Hope this information helps decrease your frustration. And I also hope that you can find a way to do what you want.
  6. by   bdgriff
    Don't know why your gettting those answers. I had all my textbooks debound and either 3 holed or Spiral bound at Office Max. It was about 14 bucks for 4 books. Good luck
  7. by   NY Nurse
    Take your textbooks to FedEx Qinkos... they will debind them for $1.60 each book. It's fast and really cheap and they have never ever turned me away.
  8. by   NY Nurse
    Quote from bdgriff
    Don't know why your gettting those answers. I had all my textbooks debound and either 3 holed or Spiral bound at Office Max. It was about 14 bucks for 4 books. Good luck
    Ouch!
  9. by   faithful11
    This is so good to know. I used a book that was debined (debinded??) my 1st semester of AP...and it was great! Pulled out what I needed only when I needed. I thought it was BOUGHT that way (friend lent it to me) but now that I know I can PAY to have this done to all my other books
  10. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Wow! thats a great idea...I never even considered it!

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