The other day, I saw that a sailor who gets a new Boat Log & Record yearly wrote on Amazon.com that she objected to the binding on the 4th edition. I'm very sorry. We now have what is known as a Perfect Binding, which is what most books have. This replaces our Wire O binding, which got to be prohibitively expensive. Good news: the book remains at the same low price, it's 8 pages bigger, and it's a great value. I use it myself before, during, and after boating season here in Minnesota.