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Paperback book printing is a popular publishing option and for good reason. Connecting with a reader on the most popular level, paperbacks took the publishing world by storm in the 19th Century and have certainly stood the test of time; maintaining their position as one of the most prevalent forms of printing out there. This common book printing option is popular amongst those looking to print novels, children’s books, poetry and journals.
Hardback books are durable and impressive. Whether you’re an aspiring novelist, a non-fiction writer or a poet, having your book in hardcover format is a chance to present your compilation in the optimum format.
The demand for hardback book printing has grown rapidly over the years, with many turning to this type of binding for a more quality look and feel. Designed for years to come, our team aim to form a final product that exceeds your expectations while maintaining affordability.
Paperbacks can come in many sizes, our minimum size is A6 (148mm x 105mm) and the maximum size we can bind is 320 mm x 320 mm. A standard printed paperback is in the region of 198 x 129mm to 216 x 138 which. These book sizes are the most economical for us to print and off you great value for your paperback or hardback book.
The smallest size you can have your hardback is A6 (148 mm x 105 mm). The largest size is 291 mm x 205 mm (portrait) or 297 mm x 210 mm (landscape).
Our standard sizes are;
B-format (Up to 210 x 135mm)
A5 & Demy (211 x 136 -- 220 x 148mm)
Royal (221 x 149 -- 235 x 156mm)
B5 (236 x 157 -- 250 x 176mm)
Quarto & A4 (251 x 177 -- 297 x 210mm)
Enter the exact dimensions of your book that you require for printing. These are the dimensions that your book will be trimmed to.
Please let us know how many books you would like. For a competitive price, you will want to have 25 copies as a minimum order. We can print less than this but the unit cost will be higher as we are not a print-on-demand book printer. Also, we recommend for any print run under 100 copies you have a digital proof instead of a printed proof so please de-select the proof option at section 4 towards the end of this quote calculator.
Please note hardback books have a minimum book quantity of 25.
Randomly Placed Colour or RPC is a term that we often use to describe our colour printing process. You will need to select if your book contains any colour pages and how many to print.
With other book printers, you may find that when wanting certain pages of your book printed in colour you will have to either pay for a full-colour book or pay for a number of signatures. However, this is not the case with us.
Our digital presses allow us to print colour pages wherever the customer likes throughout their book without the need for dedicated signatures. This is what we call RPC.
The way our colour printing process works means you only pay the colour rate on the colour pages and the mono rate for the rest. For example, if you want 6 pages of your book in colour and the other 322 pages in mono, then you only pay the colour rate on those 6 pages and mono for the other 322 pages.
The number of sides not the number of sheets. Please include all prelims and blank pages except plate sections; these are a separate option in the 'extras'.
Choose the paper which the internals of your book will be printed on.
The type of paper used is entirely your choice (within reason). We stock a variety of paper that is suitable for paperback and hardback printing.
Some of the popular paper we use;80gsm opaque100gsm opaque80gsm munken bookwove white (offwhite)80gsm munken bookwove cream100gsm recycled
We also offer a range of coated papers and various endpapers that can be inserted into your book.
If you are unsure about the type of paper you would like to use, or you would like to discuss specific options with us, get in touch for more information and we can send you some samples of our recently printed books.
In paperback book printing, we use two types of glue; EVA or PUR. The EVA glue is fine to use for many of the books we print. However, we do recommend the premium (PUR) binding for books that have heavyweight or coated paper or colour books that have full page bleed on the text pages. For hardback books we use PUR as standard.
Our hardback book printing services include two options: cloth with a dust jacket or printed paper case (PPC). For our cloth hardback books, we offer a range of Wibalin® colours, spine blocking (traditionally in gold or silver, but other colours are available on request), and a dust jacket (gloss or matt lamination) to protect the cover. Our printed paper case (PPC) hardback books come with gloss or matt lamination for the cover.
If you want pages to be inserted into your book, usually on a different stock of paper, then you will need to fill in this section. However, if you want the paper in the book all on the same type as you have selected then leave this section blank.
For example, you have selected Munken Bookwove 80gsm paper for the main printing but you would like a 10-page section of colour pages to be added into the middle then you would select to insert 10 colour pages as the plate section.
They are printed on heavier weight coated paper(usually130gsm gloss) and inserted into a section of the book. Generally inserted into the middle of the book unless specified in notes. We can insert a number of plate sections into your book.
Please note this is not 'plates' as in standard offset/litho printing and only for a select few inserts into the book. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Many people don’t consider lamination to be an important part of their book, it is normally pushed to the side and is a last-minute thought. But lamination is something that people should really consider when sending their book to print.
Lamination gives your books more protection from damages that may occur and it gives the book a much nicer look and feel.
Gloss lamination: the pros
Gives your cover a deeper, clearer and crisper look to the colours and linesBrightens up the coverEasy to clean
Gloss lamination: the cons
Prone to finger marking and scratches
Matt lamination: the pros
Gives a book a more professional and sophisticated lookMore resistant to scuffs and scratchesLess reflective – gives a more natural look
Matt lamination: the cons
Prone to stains and spillsCan give the colour a dull look
Still can’t decide between Gloss and Matt? Request one of our sample brochures or get in touch with our team.
Duplex printing allows printing of a sheet of paper on both sides. In the case of a book cover, this allows you to design elements inside the front and back cover in either colour or mono.
Also known as gatefolds, this refers to the extension of a cover on a paperback book. You can have French flaps either extending from the front, back, or both. They are folded over and usually have additional information about the book or author on them. French flaps will give your book a premium feel and adds a unique style which most books do not have.
A proof copy is a single book that gets printed before the main run. It is a great way to see what your book is going to look like when printed and gives you a chance to make any last-minute changes that you may have missed on the digital files.
Proof copies for mono books are £30.
Proof copies for colour books are £55.
Both these prices are included in your order. If you are confident in your files then you can deselect this option and request a PDF proof copy instead. A PDF proof copy will be sent via email showing the trim lines on the internal page file and the cover file. PDF proof copies are free however, you will need to make sure your files are 100% ready for printing.
We will generate a barcode using your ISBN.We cannot provide ISBNs, the UK agent for this is Nielsen.
Also known as shrink film, is material that when heated shrinks tightly over the books/packaging.
Foiling is where a design is cut into metal (called a die) that is then heated and stamped onto the cover board. The foil sticks to the cover surface leaving an eye-catching design. We offer silver and gold foiling as standard, but other colours are available, just ask.
We ask for your name and email so that we can email you your quote and store it. We also like to keep in touch with you to make sure everything is running smoothly and you're having no problems.
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