|Topic||Paper Copies and Printing Hints|
Paper copies of articles (or anything else) can be a lot easier to read.
If you want a paper copy of any club article (or any pdf file you find on the web), you have several options:
you can download the article as a pdf file and print it out on your personal printer. This is the obvious solution if you have a working printer and your ink cartridges have not dried up and you have paper and ...
but what if you do not have a printer? or it is not working well? You can download the article as a pdf file and then proceed along one of several paths:
Method A: take the file to the printer
copy the file onto a USB memory stick (also called a thumb drive). If you do not have one, they can be purchased at office supply stores, and virtually any place that sells computer stuff. You can buy a decent memory stick for $10
Go to any office supply store and have them print the file from the memory stick. You will likely pay 9 cents per page for black and white; 50 cents per page for color.
Some libraries have facilities for printing from USB memory sticks; prices will be about the same
Some newer printers have USB slots just for memory sticks. If you have a friend with such a printer ...
Speaking of friends, maybe a friend has a decent printer hooked to his/her computer and would be willing to print out a file from your memory stick
Method B: send the file to the printer
most nationwide office supply stores (like Staples or Office Depot) have an on-line service where you can send a file to a local store for printing
the first time you do this you will have to set up an account (takes about 5 minutes)
simply follow the instructions to upload the file to be printed, indicate how you want it to be printed (B&W, color, special paper, etc)
identify the store where the file is to be printed
the WW2 History Club uses this approach to print items from the Staples web site at the Staples store in the plaza at the corner of Rolling Acres and Route 441. It has worked quite well. Assume 24 hours from when you send the file until the hardcopy is ready for pickup. Call before you go there to pick up the hardcopy to ensure that it is ready. You pay for the printing when you pick up the hardcopy (no messing around with on-line credit card stuff). Prices are the same as above.
Printer Paper and Humidity
paper absorbs moisture. Keep your printer paper in a reasonably dry place
paper stored in humid environments or paper sent through a laser printer previously will develop a slight curl that may cause printer jams.
Laser vs InkJet Printers
Most people have ink jet printers as their personal printers. They do a decent job, print in color and you can get an adequate ink jet printer for $100. Copies and printing done at commercial sites use laser printers. They are faster, cheaper (per copy), generally crisper and not subject to ink fade. They also tend to last longer. However, a good color laser printer is $500 or more.
Laser printers have a drawback that can be a problem. They work by electrostatically depositing toner on the paper and then fusing the image to the page with heat. Unfortunately, the fused toner likes to stick to certain plastics like the plastic used in 3 ring binders. So, do not store laser printed copies where the text/image will come in direct contact with plastic. A single blank page is enough "insulation". If you want to make a cover page that slips into the clear "envelope" on the front of a 3 ring binder, use an ink jet cover page.