Carolus wrote:Stitched binding is indeed the best. However, digital printers haven't made this binding option available yet. The only type of binding they have available at present is what us called "perfect" binding, a glued binding where the glue is applied after the book-block spine is notched. It's much more durable than it used to be, though things do not lie perfectly flat.
Carolus wrote:Also, the minimum page count for major printer used is 48 pages. The present limited binding, size and paper options will hopefully change over time.
But then what do you recommend for an average piano sonata?
Carolus wrote:Right now, we really cannot do stitched quarto-sized piano scores (the traditional size and binding used a century ago) [...]
These 19C piano scores had unnecessary margins more than one inch wide, so the useful
part fits into an A4 or letter area. I guess such margins were a technical constraint with the 19C paper quality and the copper-plate engraving practices of that time. There are all right for a pianist who stays home all day long but they get rapidly ruined when you put them into your bag and go to your rehearsal frequently.
Nothing prevents you from putting yellowish paper into your A3 printer if you want. In 19C our grand-grand... dads and moms would have their 20 or 30 favorite piano pieces bound into a beautiful hard cover - called a fake book AFAIK. Perhaps our hard-copy-candidate Serenissima should offer such a service with the IMSLP scores on request!