The internet is awash these days with excellent rules for wargames. In many cases these are sold by companies that are geographically remote from the purchaser. Buying physical copies is awkward on 2 points. Firstly, a parcel might take quite a while to arrive, especially if the publisher is a part-time effort by a one man band or if a package has to cross international boundaries. Secondly, postage costs are increasingly expensive. Again, this is especially so where international deliveries are concerned.
Fortunately, there is often an alternative. Many publishers offer downloadable PDF versions of their works; these can be bought (and delivered) almost instantly at any time of day or night; distance isn't a factor either. But what do you do with a PDF copy? Well, some buyers are happy to view the documents on a tablet computer or similar device. That's simple enough, but I prefer hard copy for myself.
Once upon a time, I would have printed out the document and stapled the top corner, or punched holes and put the paper in a ring binder. While either of these methods will work, they are limited. It's hard to staple more than a few sheets of paper (unless you have access to a seriously big office stapler!) and even if you manage, a stapled copy is awkward when turning pages and the paper quickly becomes tattered. Ring binders are often much bigger than needed for the document, so unless you have a huge amount of storage space then they probably aren't the answer.
Comb BindingFor this example, I'm going to show you how I bind a copy of "Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters". This is from Ganesha Games in Italy. It's a supplement to the "Fear and Faith" ruleset, which in turn is based on the very popular "Song of Blades and Heroes". That's not really important, though...
Firstly, the "rack" is extended and the comb is fitted on to it. On my machine this needs to be done by hand, one hook at a time. That's a little bit tedious, but not too bad.
AfterthoughtsTotal time spent from downloading the PDF to finishing this article: 2h 20m. Most of that was spent having coffee, talking to my family and other such mundane things. Even slowing down to photograph each stage, I probably managed the binding itself in under 10 minutes, including time to get the machine out of storage and put it away again.
If this all sounds like too much work then you could probably find a local print shop or similar business who will do the job for you. That'll cost, of course.
One last thing: if you're planning to print and bind a lot of booklets then you'll find that all the combs look identical when the documents are on a bookshelf. Consider early how to label them so that you can find the one you want from a sea of identical bindings. Believe me, it can be a problem!
Now I'm off to read "Kooky Teenage monster Hunters"...