CRCD bookbinding machine opens up new possibilities
Alisha Drumm/Sun Star Reporter
December 4, 2012
UAF’s College of Rural and Community Development bookstore is getting attention for their bookbinding machine.
The bookbinding machine, which CRCD Bookstore purchased last year in November, has its own room in the front of the bookstore that is electrically tailored specifically for the bookbinding machine.
UAF staff and students use the machine for printing books, course packs for Distance Education courses and special order books.
“It is a lot more professional and much better quality,” said Kevin Lawson, EBM Communications Editor at the CRCD Bookstore.
The bookbinding machine has proven to be an effective and efficient addition to UAF, saving both time and money.
“The machine prints on average 100 pages per minute. The main reason we brought the machine in was to have a way to effectively lower text book costs for students,” Lawson said.
The bookbinding machine is linked to a database connected to Google Books which has about 3.3 million titles on the network. This makes the printing possibilities vast. As long as the CRCD Bookstore can acquire the copyrights to a book, they will be able to print it.
With the use of the bookbinding machine books that are out of print and almost “extinct” can be reprinted.
“In one instance someone wanted to print a book on the Yupik language that was out of print. There were only about 2 books that had been printed, but with the use of the bookbinding machine we were able to effectively make over 100 copies,” Lawson said.
The bookbinding machine is also a cheaper alternative to purchasing textbooks online.
“Depending on what the book is and what it contains, and if we have a copyright clearance, on average it costs $10 to $20,” said Lawson.
The bookbinding machine makes it possible to obtain course material within minutes and allows staff and students to save money on their course material. The bookbinding machine at the CRCD bookstore has opened up new possibilities to UAF staff and students.