Sample tape

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One speaks of a test tape in the printing industry . The bookbinder presents a test volume, also known as a dummy or dummy , to the publisher before beginning the binding work on a book in order to have the execution of the volume checked and approved. In many cases, it is sufficient to present a single cover .

For advertising purposes, for example for exhibitions, the publisher has sample volumes made of books that have not yet been published in order to make pre-orders more tempting for interested parties. Usually only the title sheet is bound in such sample volumes, but otherwise empty sheets are bound (blind sample), so that one can show the final volume of the books (hence also called volume sample).