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  1. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    15 Oct '08 06:24
    Has any noticed what a misery it is to play over games out of a new chess book. You not only have to use one hand to keep your place in the book, but you have to use pressure to keep the book open, so it does not close by itself! Wouldn't it be nice if all chessbooks were spiral bound? They would lay flat, and chess players could concentrate on the moves, and not having to wrestle a book, and pin it in an open position!
  2. 15 Oct '08 08:06
    Originally posted by bill718
    Has any noticed what a misery it is to play over games out of a new chess book. You not only have to use one hand to keep your place in the book, but you have to use pressure to keep the book open, so it does not close by itself! Wouldn't it be nice if all chessbooks were spiral bound? They would lay flat, and chess players could concentrate on the moves, and not having to wrestle a book, and pin it in an open position!
    Why don't all books have this feature for that matter? Perhaps it is more expensive although that is just a guess.
  3. 15 Oct '08 08:12
    Originally posted by bill718
    Has any noticed what a misery it is to play over games out of a new chess book. You not only have to use one hand to keep your place in the book, but you have to use pressure to keep the book open, so it does not close by itself! Wouldn't it be nice if all chessbooks were spiral bound? They would lay flat, and chess players could concentrate on the moves, and not having to wrestle a book, and pin it in an open position!
    Why not spiral-bind it yourself?

    Just cut off the back of the book, and spiral it. Not difficult at all.
  4. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    15 Oct '08 12:32
    Originally posted by bill718
    Has any noticed what a misery it is to play over games out of a new chess book. You not only have to use one hand to keep your place in the book, but you have to use pressure to keep the book open, so it does not close by itself! Wouldn't it be nice if all chessbooks were spiral bound? They would lay flat, and chess players could concentrate on the moves, and not having to wrestle a book, and pin it in an open position!
    You idea works when one owns only one or two chess books, and has limited application for them. Spiral binding is more expensive. makes the book bulkier, and eliminates the spine that is necessary to locate the book among others on a book shelf. Not does it facilitate reading on the train. In my experience, spiral binding is also less durable--with hard use, pages tend to rip as they catch on one another.

    Bad idea.
  5. Standard member black beetle
    Black Beastie
    16 Oct '08 11:16
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Why not spiral-bind it yourself?

    Just cut off the back of the book, and spiral it. Not difficult at all.
    Holy S%^T, what a cannibal! I would rather eat some porridge instead of destroying a precous book!!
  6. 16 Oct '08 11:27
    Originally posted by black beetle
    Holy S%^T, what a cannibal! I would rather eat some porridge instead of destroying a precous book!!
    I eat porridge every morning and I'm still alive.

    To spiral a book is not to destroy it, it is to refine it.
  7. Standard member black beetle
    Black Beastie
    16 Oct '08 12:08
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    I eat porridge every morning and I'm still alive.

    To spiral a book is not to destroy it, it is to refine it.
    alive 'n' kickin
  8. 16 Oct '08 19:42
    just got back in to OTB, but I bought spiral bound books from wholesale chess. Aside from some odor, presumably from the ink, they are quite nice. The odor will wear off eventually.
  9. 16 Oct '08 19:59
    I love the smell of a new book - chess or otherwise.

    I'm afraid I'm very unkind to my chess books - the one's that
    I study with.

    I highlight the good bits, score out all the useless analysis, write
    comments, red pen the waffle...

    If it's an opening book I bookmark each section with a dod of selotape
    and a note so I can find the relevant section in an instant.