Book Styles & Common Sizes
Slip Cases, Clam Shell Box, Presentation Box, Mailing cartons.
Most paperback books (soft cover), magazines, booklets, and catalogs require a heavier paper then that is used for the interior pages. Below is a list of standard cover weight papers used for the book covers. (There are many other papers weight and types available from which to choose)
80lb Cover Gloss
308 PPI, 96 Opacity FSC Certified
80lb Cover Matte
224 PPI, 96 Opacity FSC Certified
100lb Cover Gloss
248 PPI, 96 Opacity FSC Certified
100lb Cover Matte
202 PPI, 96 Opacity FSC Certified
12pt Coated 2 Side
167 PPI, 96 Opacity FSC Certified
12pt Coated 1 Side
167 PPI, 96 Opacity FSC Certified
Hardcover Material Options
Hardcover book covers are normally made with grey board that is wrapped with either printed paper or a material such as linen, synthetic cloth, real leather, or bonded, just to name a few. Many special-made papers or materials are available, and we will work with you to make sure you get the look & feel you need.
Printed Paper Wrapped Cover
Linen Cloth Wrapped Cover
End Sheet Paper Options
Most, if not all, hardcover books have what we call “end sheets”. This is the paper that is glued to the front and the back of the inside covers. It is usually a heavy uncoated sheet because these are normally stronger, less apt to tear, and holds the glue better to the board so that it will hold the interior pages (text block) to the cover. They maintain the integrity of the book.
To the right is a list of some standard end sheet papers.
Please note: They may be printed, not printed (blank), or can be colored paper. This will depend on the look and feel that you want to give the book.
Printed Paper End Sheet
No Print End Sheet
Colored Paper End Sheet
(Please note that below is a general list of standard products, for custom work please make request)
Hard Cover (Photo)
Soft Cover (Photo)
Printed cover with Jacket
Linen Cloth cover
Special paper/ material
Leather/ bonded leather
Limp Bound (sewn soft cover)
PUR Glue- ( very strong hold)
Wire-0 Binding ( Photo) Hard or Soft Cover
Spiral Bound ( plastic or wire) Photo
Interior Text Pages - Paper Options
500 PPI, 92 Opacity, SFI certified
420 PPI, 94 Opaque, SFI Certified
420 PPI, 93 Opacity, SFI Certified
690 PPI, 91 Opacity, SFI Certified
455 PPI, 95 Opacity, SFI Certified
378 PPI, 95 Opacity, FSC Certified
446 PPI, 95 Opacity, FSC Certified
Jackets are protective covers that are made of papers and materials that may or not be printed and also may have many special effects, such as embossing, foil, Spot UV, full UV or lamination in either gloss or matte. They not only are protective but also serve as eye catchers to make the book look really attractive. Normally the papers are text weight papers. There are standard Jackets or what we call French Jackets that are more expensive but a much better option that will last longer.
(notice the fold over, adds strength)
There are many ways to package and finish a book. Here are a few common options for you to consider when you want to make a stronger presentation and add perceived value to your book.
These can be hard cover-slip cases made with printed-paper or material.
Clam Shell Boxes:
Linen covered Clamshell box with printed liner, pockets, ribbons and magnet shut.
If you will need to mail your books you may consider having a mailing carton made to fit. We can save you the trouble and also insert the book prior to shipping for you. We can make and print directly on the box or we can create a printed sticker to save you some cost. The mailing cartons are made with bumpers to protect your book while being shipped.
Printed Mailing Carton
Mailing Carton With Printed Sticker
Special Effects & Options
There are many effects that you can make for your covers and or Jackets, below are a few of the more common options:
How well the impressed images appears will depend on the right paper choice, and the background colors being used.
There are many colors available including 3d and holographic materials. You can combine effects as well ( emboss + foil etc..)
Standard Foil Colors:
This is a spot UV ( selected areas have a UV coating only) see photo.
The other option would be to do a full UV, another words the entire area would be covered with UV coating.
Lamination is glossy film laminate or a matte film laminate that is applied on top of the paper so that it protects the paper from damage and also helps to prevent cracks. The gloss or matte finishes enhance the feel that you want to give.
Padded Cover/ Tip-on
Below is a leatherette material that has sponge underneath to give it a fuller padded feeling and also to enhance the embossed area, this also has a printed paper that is hand placed and glued in position (tip-on).
There are some materials that can not be printed using the normal offset printing method, simply because some of these materials may not be run through the standard printing machines. So, we can use the silkscreen method to print on these.
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