Book Printing: What specifications needed for a appropriate Quote for Book Printing

May 9, 2012

Due to the advancement of technology, many people who write their own book, want to print their books too. In earlier days, the books are sent to a publisher and once the publisher approved the book, then only it goes to printing, but now your books can be printed in the matter of days using Digital printing. Book Printing is become more affordable to most of the people. But still offset printing is preferred by companies when that has a large Quantity to print. Its more cost effective and high Quality that digital Print. Now because of the communication advancement of internet, you can directly contact the printing companies like ours ZRHPrint. Many authors contact us directly when they are ready to print the books. So when you want to print a book, you have to provide these details to your printing company to get a better and accurate Quote for your book.
Size: You have to know what size of book you are going to print. Whether is in A4 ( 21 x 28.5 cm) size or a small book ( 14.8 x 21 cm )  or coffee table book ( 25 x 25 cm). Size is more important as it will determine how many sheets of paper is needed to print the book.
Hard Cover Books
Pages:  You can determine this when you design your book and your designer has put all your written materials on the book design software. After putting the text, images and arranging the fonts.. you will come to know exactly how many pages will be there in your book.
Hard Cover or Soft Cover : Hard cover books are more rigid and in a long run, they are more reliable. Hard cover books are made by pasting the paper sheets over a 3 pcs thick cardboard ( 1mm, 2, or 3mm) depending on your requirement and size. Where as a soft cover book is made with a thicker paper for covers than the inside pages.
Paper for Cover: Once you determine if you want to print a soft cover book or a Hard cover book, you have to know what should be the paper used for it. Mostly covers will be thicker than inside pages, so we use 150gsm, 200gsm, 250gsm, 300gsm, 350gsm or 400 gsm.
If you want hard cover, then it is recommended to use 157gsm paper over a 2mm or 3mm thick cardboard.
Paper for inside pages can be of lower gsm. You can use 50gsm ( thinner paper ) to 60gsm, 70gsm, 80gsm, 90gsm, 100gsm, 105gsm, 120gsm, 128gsm, 130gsm, 150gsm, 158gsm.
Color: Mostly if the book has a color image, then it is a full color print on the top and back cover, sometimes the design is on black and white, so only the printer has to print 1 time to get the image.. so its important to mention is it full color or 1-2 color for the image.
Same goes for the inside pages too., most books have only Black and white text on both side, so we call it ( 1+1) which understand as 1 color. If any pages has a image in color, then it becomes a full color and we have to call it ( 4+4)
Finishing: Finishing of the cover is something which can give a added look to your book. You can use Gloss finish or Matt finish on the covers. Not only give a new look to the covers, it also protects the book and cover from weathering out.
Binding: Most books are bind with Perfect Binding. If your book is thicker one, you can use Smythe sewn books which give added strength to your book.
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