Making photocopies from books is a necessity for teachers or those doing research from reference materials that may not be checked out from their local library. However, the black borders that are printed around the edges of the page are a waste of toner, can jam up the photocopier and look gross. Here are some easy steps to keep from getting those black borders on your photocopies.
When you photocopy a book without using these steps this is what your page will look like... yuck!
Step 1: Insert Paper Between Pages
Step 2: Place Book on Copier.
Step 3: Adjust Paper Placement
Adjust the paper so that it lines up with the 8 and 1/2 by 11 inch mark on your photocopier's ruler. It may look something like this.
The point is to make sure that the paper is right up to the edge of where your copier will copy (depending on the paper size that you have selected.) You want the copier to see the blank paper rather than the open space below your book cover's edge and beyond. This is what prevents the black border from showing up.
Step 4: Hit the Copy Button!
Step 5: The Finished Product
A note on copyright:
Be careful when you are attempting to photocopy anything. Books that are designed for schools make provisions for teachers who are attempting to reproduce book sections for enlarging, bulletin board displays or for homework packets. However, even teachers can go too far. Make sure with your textbook publisher that you have permission to make temporary photocopies. and destroy these copies when they have completed their purpose. Photocopying play scripts or novels is highly unethical due to the artistic rights of thier authors. Scripts are created with the purpose of selling multiple copies theater companies, photocopying these products is against the law. Please keep copyright law in mind when making photocopies for any purpose.