1. Personal: suitable for non-published works under 100 pages, such as home projects, student reports, and business documents. These include:
Smooth Plastic Covers: This durable material is waterproof and resistant to tears. It comes in a variety of colors, including clear, and can be purchased as a printable or non-printable cover.
Grain Covers: These are sometimes referred to as leather-look, grain embossed, and leather embossed. They're made with an uncoated paper stock that's both durable and tear resistant, but not waterproof. Also printable, these are similar to the smooth plastic cover, but offer a texture that changes the look.
Linen Covers:Linen covers offer the most elegant look, with attributes identical to the grain binding covers, but with a different texture that resembles a heavyweight high quality linen bond paper.
All the covers above are available in different weights, quality, and sizes. Binding choices include plastic combs, wire coil, and a non-spiral Supu spine that resembles the teeth of a comb and allows for neat stacking, but does not allow the book to lay open and flat. Inexpensive machines can be purchased to self-bind, or they can be prepared by almost any copy or print shop.
Alternatively, another inexpensive method is to fold the pages and wrap with a heavy paper stock cover that can then be positioned on a saddle stapler. This is easy and cheap, but it's more difficult to add pages later, whereas the plastic combs, wire coil, and Supu combs can be easily removed and replaced with a larger version that accepts more pages.