A few weeks ago, my dad mentioned he'd gotten a book rebound at a local store. He's had them cut the original binding off and put it on some sort of ringed binding so it'd stay open better.
I'm not sure how, but I'd never even considered that as possible before. I've had many books (especially whenever I try to learn piano) that refuse to stay open and are a massive pain to deal with. Recently, I've been reading Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition. It comes awkwardly bound, along the long edge so you have to hold the book with the binding horizontal. It's also pretty big, so it's hard to deal with. To top it all off, to really understand it you have to switch between the commentary and the actual sourcecode every few lines.
After learning about how book rebinding is possible, I decided to see if I could get my copy of the Lions' Commentary bound in a more convenient way.
MIT's CopyTech seemed like a good place to start, since I already knew they did book binding for professors (I've seen a bunch of unpublished notes and textbooks for classes).
I found bindery listed on the CopyTech site and emailed the support contact, with a vague question about if they rebind books. I didn't get any reply, I'm guessing they don't check that email much (or it's outdated and they forgot to update it). On the bright side, I learned that CopyTech seems to advise/teach people about copyright rules, according to their site. That might be useful for if I ever have questions.
I brought my book to CopyTech after my classes today to ask them about bindings. I figured I'd find out if they rebind books, and get some details so I could decide what to do later.
In retrospect, I'm really glad I decided to bring the book with me when I went to talk to them. I don't know who CopyTech is open to (staff/students, affiliates, public, whatever), but I highly suggest using them for whatever copying/printing/binding needs are. I'm not sure how competitive their pricings are, but they're great people. It took pretty much no time to cut the old binding off, and I split the book into the source code and commentary. It took another couple minutes to bind the commentary, which came out great. Now I can open it to a page and it stays open. The machine for the type of binding I wanted for the source code was busy, so I left it there and came back about an hour later to pick it up. Unfortunately they bound that one from the wrong side, but it isn't too bad and I can understand why they messed up. They bound it in the way that makes more sense, until you think about how it was originally bound. I just have to remember the bottom page comes before the top page, even though when I'm done with both pages, the top page flips down. It's pretty easy, since every line has a line number (since it's almost entirely code)
All in all, I'm really glad I learned about getting books rebound. The price is per binding, my two bindings cost a little over $3 total. It's definitely something everyone should be aware of, even if they never need to bother with it.