A binding copy is a term used in the book and publishing industry to describe a completed, but unbound manuscript or book. A binding copy is usually used for reference by the bindery, when the book is being rebound or rebound and restored.
A binding copy is generally not considered a final product, but more of an intermediate stage in the production process. The binding copy is usually sent to the customer for approval prior to final binding.
The term “binding copy” can also refer to a dummy book used by a bookbinder in the design process. The bookbinder will use the binding copy to experiment with different binding materials and techniques. Once the final design is approved, the bookbinder will use the binding copy as a template to create the final binding.
Binding copy is an important part of the book publishing process. It ensures that the final product is of the highest quality and that the pages are securely bound together. This process also allows for a more professional and polished look to the book.
The purpose of a binding copy is to give the publisher a sense of what the finished book will look like and to allow the publisher to gauge market interest in the book. If the publisher likes what they see in the binding copy, they will offer the author a binding contract. If the publisher does not feel that the book is a good fit for their list or that there is not enough market interest, they will reject the manuscript.
It is important to note that a binding contract is not the same as a publication contract. A binding contract simply means that the author is obligated to deliver a finished manuscript; it does not guarantee that the publisher will actually publish the book. A publication contract, on the other hand, is a contract between the author and the publisher in which the publisher agrees to publish the book.