Monday, April 16, 2007

Something that we need... a paper drill

The quality of bookbinding in African presses is terrible- for one thing, they use single sheets rather than folded folio sheets... so of course, after 3-4 readings the pages start to fall out. One of our librarians, Sanou Dounko, has learned how to rebind the books, by punching holes through the binding edge and then threading the pages together. But you need a good paper drill to do that... can't punch holes through 200 pages by hand... Can you help? the machine costs 899 dollars! Yikes. But we really do need it. We are looking into a cheaper Chinese-made drill that might be purchased here, but I worry about its durability.

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