Book Printing: Five Ways to Help Your Book Stand Out

As a printer of books, we are often asked about various ways to add distinction to a medium or long run book project. More specifically, which features will provide a unique look without adding a lot of extra cost.

Below are five ideas that could boost the appeal of your next medium to long run book project, whether it be a manual, directory, handbook, novel or any other type of book.

1) Non-Traditional Dimensions – One of the benefits of having a book custom printed is that you can choose a non-standard size and/or orientation. Tired of the usual 6” x 9” or 8.5” x 11” book size? Grown weary of the portrait orientation? Your book does not have to follow suit. Perhaps a landscape or square orientation is more appealing to you. Or maybe creating a mini book or an oversized book is how you prefer to differentiate your book.

2) Spot UV – Spot UV refers to the application of a UV Coating to a specific area of a printed piece rather than coating the entire surface. Applying Spot UV to a book’s cover is a creative way to add contrast through varying levels of sheen and texture. Spot UV can be applied over inked images to enhance a printed design. Or, it can be applied directly to the paper substrate to create the design by itself, without the use of any ink.

3) Embossing or Foil Stamping – Embossing and Foil Stamping are creative finishing techniques that can add high-impact designs to a book’s cover. Embossing refers to the method of pressing an image into paper or cardstock to create a three dimensional design. Foil Stamping uses heat and pressure to apply a metallic foil design to a printed piece. The foil is usually a gold, silver, or copper tone, though a variety of colors are available. These two techniques can be used separately, or combined to create a metallic design in relief.

4) Laminated Cover – Another great way to enhance the appearance of a book is to bond a clear plastic film onto the book’s cover. Laminate film is available in a variety of finish choices, with the most popular being gloss, matte and “soft touch.” In addition to giving the book an impressive look and feel, the laminate film adds a protective barrier to increase stain resistance and durability. This helps extend the life of the book.

5) Rounded Corners – Rounding both corners opposite the spine is an easy way to set a book apart. Rounded corners not only add a pleasing aesthetic quality to the book, it also helps reduces the occurrence of bent corners and dog-eared pages. By reducing wear and tear, rounded corners help the book maintain its professional appearance.

If you have any questions about an upcoming book project, give Formax a call at 866-367-6221. Or, if you already know your specifications, simply click here to access our easy quote request form. We look forward to assisting with your next book project!

Take care! Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include full-color printing, all types of softcover books, laminated printing, plus fulfillment and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 314-434-5500 or 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services for over 30 years.

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