Printing & Binding

Method of Print Production

• Digital Printing

The advent of Digital Print production enables many people to print their books in short-run, cost-effective quantities. Depending on the pagination required this method of production allows print runs between 10 and 500 copies.

• Offset Printing

The more traditional method of Offset Printing is suited to larger production runs of both quantity and pagination. In some instances where very high reproduction of images is required Offset Printing is the preferred method.

• Offshore Production

Book production in Asia has long offered a more cost-effective alternative, particularly when producing hard cover publications such as coffee table or children’s books.

Method of Binding

• Hard Cover Books – Case Bound

Case Bound is a book binding type used for hardcover books. The cover wrap can be printed paper, cloth, leather, or leather look. Case bound books usually have a dust jacket if a material is used for the cover wrap. A dust jacket is optional with the cover wrap is printed paper. Text pages are ‘Section Sewn’ with cotton with end papers being glued to both the text and book case.

• Soft Cover Books – Perfect Bound

Perfect Bound is a book binding type for soft cover books, or Paperback books. Signatures may be Notched, Burst Bound or PUR bound. Publishing Productions will offer suggestions if you do not know which is right for your book. Much depends on the page count and purpose of the book. For instance, a reference book gets a lot more wear and tear and would require either Notch Binding or PUR.

• Saddle Stitched

Saddle Stitched is a term used for simply stapling along the spine. This is suitable for low page count books or catalogues. If you have booklets to print, this is a good way to go. As a general rule paginations up to 96pp can be saddle stapled, above this Perfect Binding is generally adopted. An additional benefit of Perfect Binding is the ability to include a title on a spine.

• Wire-O Binding

Wire-O is a book binding type used for both hardcover and soft cover books. The wire may be seen on the spine, concealed completely behind the spine of a soft cover or hardcover book, or semi-concealed. It is a higher quality alternative to spiral binding. There are several options to work with when choosing this style of binding.

Paper Stocks

• Text Papers

All paper stocks are produced in GSM – grams / square metre. In general stock used to make up the body of a publication may vary between 70gsm up to 170gsm, the most common being between 80gsm to 130gsm. In addition to the weight of the text stock there is the choice between Matt, Gloss and Offset finishes.

• Cover Stocks

As with the text stocks cover stocks are available in varying GSM (250gsm – 400gsm) as well as Matt, Gloss and Offset finishes. It is the job of the cover stock to ‘hold the publication together’ and therefore the weight of the cover is generally chosen to best suit the pagination and binding style required.
Because printed books provide a tactile experience for the reader, it is important that the look and quality of your publication be exceptional.

Publishing Productions can assist you in achieving the most cost-effective outcome by assisting with the best suited combination of the variables listed.

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