February 23rd, 2009

Laptop with wireless mouse

A question of bindings

There are lots of ways to fasten together sheets of paper into a coherent unit. The ones which particularly concern us today are staples, and an absence of fasteners. Glue may indicate a magazine, a journal, or a book. It is ambiguous as a binding material, I believe. Spiral bindings usually indicate high-end brochures, although they can also indicate small-circulation academic journals.

strange_complex asserts that if it's stapled, it's a magazine. Some of the free "newspapers" available on the Underground are held together by staples. Does that make them magazines? C. requested a poll on the subject, so here you are. The broad question of identifying types of media by their bindings is a rather interesting topic, but harder to squish into a single poll.

It is made from pieces of paper folded in half and staples along its spine. What is it?

A magazine
12(25.0%)
Possibly a magazine, possibly a newspaper
28(58.3%)
Art/Recycling/Something else
8(16.7%)


Ideally, there would be a "has" before "staples" in that poll question.