"It's Print Time!"
After tedious edits, layout, and cover design decisions have been formatted
to a printer's standards, it's time to go to press.
Quantity vs TypeBy now, you will likely have decided paper preference, a book's size, and the type of binding... but
the quantity will usually dictate whether digital Print on Demand (POD) or Offset
Printing makes the most economical sense. We'll help you make those decisions
For a generalized reference, let's first review the more common parameters.
Interior pages are printed in
black, usually on 60# acid-free white or cream paper. Heavier weight,
high-gloss or matte paper may be used for full color printing.
Soft covers are printed in full
color using 80# cover stock which can also be laminated to achieve a more
glossy, durable finish.
Unless otherwise required, Book
sizes are limited to 5 x 7, 6 x 9, 9 x 9, or 7 x 10
Type of BindingsPERFECT BOUND... considerably cheaper to produce than hardcover copies, it’s typically
used to describe a paperback. A soft-bound method uses a flexible hot
glue to bind interior text pages to a full-color cover which is scored and
wrapped around the compressed text-block before its three sides are trimmed to size.
is the most common type of rigid, hard covered book. Interior pages
are printed in “signature" groups, each group glued or smythe-sewn into a text-block
which is attached to a spine and hard-cover assembly normally made of paper, cloth, vinyl, or leatherette-covered cardboard material. Full-color dust
jackets may also be printed as an added protective feature.