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Topic: Best Way to Create/Bind a "Calendar" of CD Covers?  (Read 330 times)
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« on: January 27, 2019 12:09:02 PM »

I have a jukebox-type program for my PC, which can associate an NFC tag (NFC is the technology which allows devices like phones to communicate simply by close proximity) with a music playlist. You can get the NFC tags as stickers, so I want to create a calendar-style book for each artist. Each page of the book is a CD cover (each album on CD constitutes a playlist) with an NFC sticker attached. What I mean by "calendar style" is that any single page can easily be isolated on one side of the binding, so that every page in front of and behind the selected page can easily be flipped to the other side of the binding. This is necessary because I want the NFC tag of the selected page to be as far away as possible from the other tags on the other pages, so only the desired tag is picked up by the hardware (which has a range of about 4"). Whether or not I bind the pages from the top, like a calendar, or on the side, like a book, I haven't decided yet, but I want to point out that has no bearing on what I mean by "calendar-style". I'm not sure how else to express "ability to easily isolate only one page on one side of the binding"

My vague ides for these books is to laminate the CD covers, leaving some extra room on whatever edge I will bind to punch some holes in for binding material. My problem is that I don't know what would be a good binding option. A keychain, maybe?  Taking the rings out of store-bought binders?  Those look like they would be bulkier than I want. Another feature that I want of these books is that they lay as flat as possible, so I can the open the book and isolate the selected page, and rest it on the NFC reader. I would think that metal binding rings would make the open book look like an awkward mess when being used, but I haven't prototyped, so maybe not. The only option I can picture other than sturdy metal rings is using twist-ties through the holes, but that would look junky and I doubt page movement would be as smooth as I would like.  It may be apparent by now that I am not a crafty person.

I'm not going to use covers for these books, and they will average 10-15 pages per book. Any ideas for binding them (or even any other ideas for creating physical groupings of the CD covers)? Thank you,

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