Paper Types, Cover Designs, And The Binding Process

Posted on: 13 December 2021

The paper quality, the cover design, and the binding process are three details that will need to be addressed during the printing process. Learn about some common book printing materials and the manner in which they will affect the presentation of your book.

Paper Types

If you will be working with a professional printer, they may offer a sample catalog or booklet that contains a series of gloss, silk, and uncoated sheets. Various paper thicknesses may be supplied with a sample product.

Gloss, satin, and uncoated paper are three basic paper types that are used to print books. Gloss paper will be shiny and smooth. It will be suitable for displaying colorful artwork. Satin paper will be smooth like gloss paper, but will not be as shiny. Satin paper is suitable for use on pages that will contain print, pictures, or both print and pictures.

Uncoated sheets will be rougher in texture than gloss and satin sheets. Uncoated sheets are typically found in books that lack photography. An uncoated sheet will be slightly rough in texture. Upon closer inspection of an uncoated sheet, you may be able to see individual paper fibers. The number of pages in your book and the size of each page will be calculated prior to the actual printing process. Your printer will ensure that your rough draft has been properly formatted.

The Cover And The Binding Process

The cover will protect the inner pages and will be the first thing that your audience sees when your book is presented on a bookstore shelf. Thicker pages that surround the front and back pages of your book will make it look more professional than thin pages that are flexible. A laminating process is often conducted, which will protect the cover against wear and tear. Different laminating products may be presented to you. Each one may affect the overall appearance of your book.

Your book printer may offer a staple-bound or perfect bound binding process. A staple-bound process will involve placing staples throughout the center of each paper booklet. Paper booklets will be aligned next to one another in a consecutive fashion. If there are a lot of pages in your book, your book printer may recommend a perfect bound binding process. This type of process will provide the spine of each copy with a squared appearance. The pages will be glued directly to the squared edge that forms the spine of each copy.

For more information, contact a local book printing service.