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Book Printing Lingo: What is a Dust Jacket?

The flaps of a dust jacket wrap around the book's cover to hold the jacket in place A Dust Jacket, also known as a Book Jacket or Dust Wrapper, is a printed paper overlay that wraps around the cover of a...

8 Ways to Make Your Literary Journal Stand Out from the Crowd

As a printer of books, including literary journals, we are often asked about various ways to add distinction to a print project. More specifically, which features will provide a unique look without adding a lot of extra cost. Drawing...

Book Printing Lingo: What is ProClick Binding?

ProClick is a very practical and innovative book binding system developed by General Binding Corporation (GBC). Unlike most conventional binding methods, the ProClick system allows pages of a bound document to be removed, added, or...

Book Printing: Which Book Shape is the Best Fit for your Project?

Left to right: Portrait, Landscape, Square, Oversized, Mini Prior to laying out the pages and cover of your book, you will have to decide on the physical proportions that best suit your specific...

Book Printing: Three Options for Creating Waterproof Books

The cover and pages of most books - including manuals, reference guides, handbooks, etc. - are constructed from paper. When used in a clean and dry environment, paper remains durable and can last quite a long time. However, if a book is used...

5 Benefits of Printing a Custom Fundraising Book

Printed coupon books are a proven fundraising method for schools, charities, scout troops, churches, sport teams and other non-profit groups, clubs and organizations. In addition to being a good value, coupon books are a very practical...

The Ultimate Strategy for Self-Promotion? Share your Knowledge in a Printed Book!

An Entrepreneur signs a copy of his book for a new client If you are looking to promote yourself and your business, there is no better way to gain instant credibility than by writing a book. A well-written book sets you apart from the...

Book Printing: 5 Ways to make Manuals and Handbooks More User-Friendly

Many businesses and organizations print manuals and handbooks to provide guidance on a variety of topics. Common examples include the following: Training and Instruction Manuals Repair, Maintenance and Technical...

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...

Why Saddle-Stitched Booklets Require the Page Count to be a Multiple of 4

Most booklets are created with the Saddle-Stitch binding method. This economical method uses printed sheets that are folded and nested one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the...

Mini Book Printing: 5 Practical Uses for Small Books and Booklets

Mini Books can be bound along the top or side Certain book projects require the books to be quite small in size. Not only are the width and height dimensions smaller than usual, the thickness of the book sometimes needs to be kept to a...

10 Frequently-Asked Questions about the Spiral Binding Method

The Spiral Coil Binding method uses a spring-like coil to join the book's cover and pages as a unit, but allows them to turn freely. Books bound with this method can lie flat for hands-free reading, making it a good choice for instruction and...

10 Frequently-Asked Questions about the Saddle-Stitch Binding Method

1) Why is it called Saddle-Stitching? Saddle-Stitching may sound like an odd name for a book binding process that places wire staples through sheets of paper, but in the printing industry Stapling is commonly referred to as Stitching....

Book Printing: Five Tips for adding Page Numbers to your Book's Artwork File

When it comes to adding page numbers to a book's content, there are few absolute rules. However, there are some widely-accepted practices that professionals use when creating the artwork layout for a printed book… 1) Make sure odd...

Does Your Company Operate a Fleet of Vehicles? Here Are Seven Tips for Creating a Durable and Easy-to-Use Driver Handbook…

Companies that operate a large fleet of trucks, buses, vans, or cars often print a handbook or reference guide for their drivers. This bound document is usually kept in the vehicle and contains a variety of important information. Topics...

Book Printing Lingo: What is Imposition?

In offset printing, the pages of books are commonly printed on large sheets of paper, with multiple pages printed on each side of these sheets. Known as signatures, these large sheets will be folded down and trimmed after they are printed. ...

Book Printing Lingo: What is a Signature?

On certain book projects, the pages of the book are printed on large sheets of paper. Known as Signatures, these sheets have multiple pages printed on each side. Signatures are most often associated with long-run book orders printed on offset...

Book Printing Lingo: “Self Cover” vs “Plus Cover”

All softcover books can be produced as Self Cover or Plus Cover In the printing industry, the term "Self Cover" is used to specify a book or booklet that uses the exact same paper for its cover as it does for the interior pages. Conversely,...

Looking to Print an Employee Handbook? Here is an Overview of the Binding Options

Employee handbooks, also referred to as employee manuals, are used by companies of all sizes to communicate organizational policies, procedures, expectations, compensation and benefits, terms of employment, and other important information...

How to Attain the Lowest Possible Price for Book Printing

To cut costs on your book project, try to choose design elements that are very economical to produce If you've got an upcoming book or booklet project, you are likely looking for the most cost-effective solution. In order to attain the lowest...

Perfect Binding: Always Select PUR Adhesive when You Have the Choice!

PUR adhesive uses a molecular bond to secure the book's cover and pages, which results in a stronger and more flexible spine. Perfect bound books, especially manuals, catalogs, and directories, are used by a wide variety of businesses and...

Book Printing: 5 Tips for Laying out the Cover of a Perfect Bound Book

A stack of Perfect Bound books in a variety of sizes and thicknesses Perfect Bound Books are one of the most popular styles of softcover books. This binding style offers a very professional appearance for a relatively low cost. Also, short...

Book Printing Lingo: What is Coil Binding?

The book's cover and pages are held together by a spring-like coil that is spiraled through small holes punched along the spinal edge of the book. Coil Binding, also known as Spiral Binding, is a very popular and relatively simple bookbinding...

Long-Run Printing: Five Ways to Save Money on Books, Catalogs, and Manuals

Once your business or organization gets to the point where it is ordering books, catalogs, manuals, or other multi-page documents in longer runs, say quantities of 5,000 or more, you will have likely outgrown traditional sheet-fed printing...

Book Printing Lingo: What is Comb Binding?

Comb Binding uses a plastic spine with a series of ring-shaped tines or "teeth" to secure a book's cover and pages Comb Binding, also known as Cerlox binding or Surelox binding, makes use of a cylindrical plastic shape that has multiple...

Need a Small Run of Landscape Books? A Large Digital Press Offers the Best Value

Landscape Books are wider than they are tall A Landscape Book is a book that has a width dimension larger than its height dimension. Books that measure 11" wide x 8.5" high, 10" wide x 8" high, or 9" wide x 6" high are all examples of the...

Book Printing: 5 Tips for making Pocket-Sized Books more User Friendly

Pocket-Sized Books offer a cost-effective option for sharing printed information. The smaller dimensions not only result in a lower printing cost than a full-sized book, the compact format makes it easier to distribute the books by hand or...

Booklet Layout: How to Arrange the Pages of a Saddle-Stitched Booklet

Most booklets are created with the Saddle-Stitch binding method. This method uses printed sheets that are folded and nested one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the folded...

Book Printing Lingo: What is a Booklet?

Small softcover books, such as these pocket-size guides, are commonly referred to as Booklets Like many printing terms, the word "Booklet" can be somewhat ambiguous. Though formal definitions abound, they often conflict with each other on the...

Coloring Book Printing: Ten Ways to Add Appeal to your Adult Coloring Book

Coloring books for children have been around for ages, but Adult Coloring Books have gained mainstream popularity in recent years. As a book printer, I can personally attest to this tremendous surge in adult coloring books. At the time of...

Printing a Book? Here's a Checklist of the Specifications your Printer will Need

Books, like all printing projects, are made-to-order. This is because each book project is unique and created for a particular purpose. Your printer refers to the unique characteristics of your book project as Specifications or "Specs". ...

Seven Things to Consider when Printing a Custom Coloring Book

Adult Coloring Books have seen a tremendous increase in popularity as a means to relax and relieve stress Coloring Books are produced by organizations and individuals for a variety of reasons. Some plan to sell their coloring books in stores...

Thinking about Printing a Custom Coloring Book?

Coloring Books have seen an amazing resurgence in popularity. For decades, coloring books have been created for young children to encourage creativity as well as to develop fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. In recent years, however,...

Offset vs Digital…which is a Better Fit for your Book Printing Project?

A variety of factors determine if your specific book project is better suited for Offset production or Digital production Whether you are printing a book, manual, catalog, or other multi-page document, you will likely have a choice between...

Book Printing: The Many Benefits of a Laminated Book Cover

One of the best ways to enhance the appearance and function of a softcover book is to have it produced with a laminated cover. Lamination provides many important benefits… Lamination Adds a Protective Barrier - lamination protects the paper...

The Cost-Effective Alternative to Hardcover: Long-Lasting Softcover Books

Looking for strong and durable books without the high price of hardcover? Consider Softcover books made with PUR binding adhesive and a laminated cover. Hardcover books, also known as hardback or hardbound books, have a reputation for...

PUR Perfect Binding: Five Book Projects that Benefit from PUR Adhesive

PUR Adhesive is the most durable and flexible book binding glue available Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) is an adhesive used in book binding. It is the most durable and flexible book binding glue available. PUR adhesive is most commonly...

Book Printing Lingo: What is PUR Binding?

The PUR Binding method adds tremendous flexibility and longevity to softcover books PUR Binding refers to a softcover book binding method that makes use of Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) adhesive. PUR Binding is a form of perfect binding,...

Book Printing Lingo: What Is Wire-O Binding?

Wire-O Binding produces a sophisticated and professional-looking document Wire-O Binding, also known as Twin Loop, Double-Loop, Double-O, Duo-Wire, or simply Wire Binding, is a popular method for joining the pages and cover of a bound...

Creating Books and Manuals for Use in Damp or Dirty Environments

The cover and pages of most bound documents - books, manuals, reference guides, etc. - are constructed from paper. When used in a clean and dry environment, paper remains quite durable and useable for a very long time. However, there are...

Six Things to Consider When Printing a Comic Book or Graphic Novel

Many thanks to Man or Monster? Studios for use of this cover artwork Producing a Comic Book or Graphic Novel is a big undertaking. You have to develop the story, create the illustrations, design the cover, and determine the physical layout of...

Book Printing: The Relationship between Page Count and Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding is an Economical Method for Creating Softcover Books As a printer of perfect bound books, I field a lot of questions regarding page count, perfect binding, and the relationship between the two. So I thought it would be a good...

Save Money on Long-Run Instruction Manual Printing

Limiting the Use of Color will Help You Save Money when Printing Instruction Manuals A printed manual is one of the most efficient ways to convey logical, step-by-step instructions. Whether the instruction manual is a small booklet or a...

Book Printing Lingo: What are the Margins of a Book?

This Diagram of an Open Book Illustrates the Concept of Page Margins The Margins of a book refer to the blank spaces that surround the printed content of each page. Each page in the book will have a top margin, a bottom margin, an inner...

Book Printing Lingo: What is the Spine of a Book?

The Spines of hardcover books and perfect bound books are often printed upon, because these types of books usually have spines wide enough to display printed information The Spine of a book refers to the outside edge of the book where the...

Book Printing: What are the Advantages of Spiral Binding?

Spiral Binding, also known as Coil Binding, is a common method for joining the pages and cover of a bound document. It utilizes a durable plastic or metal coil that is inserted and twisted through small holes punched along the spinal edge of...

Buy Custom-Printed Binder Sets Pre-Assembled to Save Time and Money!

An example of a Pre-Assembled Binder Set created with colorful content and custom-printed tabs Many companies use some form of ringed binders with custom-printed content. Ringed binders are extremely popular because content can be added or...

Small Booklet Printing: An Overview of Pocket-Sized Booklets

Printing booklets in a Pocket-Sized format provides a convenient way to keep useful information handy Pocket-size booklets provide a convenient way to share useful information. The compact format of pocket-sized booklets makes them ideal...

Company History Books: Capture Your Corporate Biography in Print

Celebrate your company's history with a colorful, professionally-printed book Every established company has a story….a story of endurance, of overcoming challenges, of achieving excellence, or some other inspiring tale. It may be a long and...

Book Printing: A Web Press is the Economical Choice for Volume Projects

If your business prints a catalog, manual, directory, magazine, or other publication in volume, a web press will likely be your most economical production method. Also known as a roll-fed press, a web press is ideal for books...

Why Digital Printing is the Affordable Choice for Short Run Books

On Short Production Runs, Digital Printing offers a Lower Cost per Book than traditional Offset Printing As a general rule, digital printing offers a lower unit cost than offset printing for short production runs, like 200 or 300 books. This...

Book Printing: Use Page Dividers with Custom Tabs for Quick Indexing

Page Dividers with Index Tabs allow quick referencing for Manuals, Handbooks, Proposals and Presentations Page dividers with custom-printed index tabs provide an easy way to organize a bound document into logical sections. The tabs...

Book Printing: Portrait versus Landscape Orientation

Diagram A: a Book with a Portrait orientation is taller than it is wide Prior to laying out the pages and cover, you will have to decide whether a Portrait or Landscape orientation best suits your book project. A Portrait orientation...

Book Production: Know Your Cost Options Before You Print a Book

Planning to Print some Books? Follow these 5 Simple Rules to Save Money When planning a book project, knowing all your options upfront helps you make better decisions and stay within budget. It is particularly important to know how the...

Book Printing: The Top 5 Benefits of Short Run Book Printing

Short Run Book Printing: Less Books, More Benefits The advent of digital printing equipment has made short run book printing an extremely popular choice for businesses, organizations and authors. After all, why buy 20,000 books or...

Church Directory Printing: Seven Things To Tell Your Printer

Planning to Create a Printed Church Directory? Save Time and Headaches by getting your Printer involved Early in the Process. A professionally-printed directory is a very valuable resource for the members and leaders of a church. But creating...

Five Frequently-Asked Questions about Perfect Bound Book Printing

Perfect Binding is one of the most popular methods for creating printed books. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed...

Catalog and Manual Printing: Saddle Stitched or Perfect Bound?

Saddle Stitching (left) vs Perfect Binding (right) Catalogs, manuals and most other multi-page documents used in business are generally produced with one of two popular binding methods: Saddle Stitching or Perfect Binding. Saddle Stitched...

Church Directory Printing: Creating a Valuable Resource for Members

A professionally-printed member directory is a valuable resource for a church congregation. A printed directory contains the names and contact information for all the leaders and members of the church. It provides the opportunity for...

Teachers, Print your Own Educational Materials and Teaching Books!

Whether in an Academic or Corporate environment, Course Materials developed by the Instructor greatly enhance the Learning Experience Are you a teacher, professor or trainer looking to print your own instructional materials for use in the...

Booklet Printing: How does a Booklet differ from a Book?

A Booklet is a small bound book that has a paper cover and a limited number of pages. As you would expect from its name, a booklet is generally smaller in size than most books. For example, 5.5" x 8.5" is a very popular size for a...

Presentation Printing: Seminar, Class and Workshop Materials

Professionally printed materials greatly enhance the effectiveness of Group Presentations Businesses and associations give group presentations for a variety of reasons…workshops for employees, training classes for clients, presentations to...

Book Printing Lingo: What is a "Softcover" Book?

The pages and cover of a perfect bound Softcover book are held together with a strong, flexible glue A softcover book refers to a book that has its pages bound within a pliable paper cover (like a paperback novel, corporate annual report or...

Benefits of Printing a Member Directory Listing for your Organization

A printed Directory provides many Benefits to an Organization and its Members Many organizations print and distribute a member Directory, which contains a listing of all members and corresponding contact information. Organizations that...

Tips for Creating and Printing Effective Training Manuals

Creating a Training Manual that is Effective and Cost Efficient is a goal of many Organizations As a commercial printer, I have printed a wide variety of Training Manuals for all types of businesses and organizations. These include Sales...

Book Printing Lingo: Understanding the "Page Count" of a Book

The Page Count of a Book is often Miscommunicated As a book printer, I receive quote requests for all types of printed books. Since an accurate quote is based upon accurate specifications, my clients and I both have important roles in the...

Book Printing: How to Protect & Enhance the Cover of your Printed Book

Are you planning to have some books printed? Did you know you can protect and enhance the appearance of your book by having a clear coat finish applied to the cover? A clear coat helps protect the ink and paper against most smudges and scuffs...

Printing Guidelines: Product Instruction Manuals & Instruction Sheets

The majority of consumer products come with some form of printed Instruction books or Instruction sheets The majority of consumer products come with printed instructions. In most cases, the instructions provide logical, step-by-step...

Manual & Handbook Printing: Three Questions Every Business Should Ask

The purpose of any Manual or Handbook is to provide reference and guidance. Most businesses and organizations print manuals and handbooks to address a variety of specific needs, such as… > Training, Instruction and User Manuals >...

Printing a Catalog? Here's Six Things Your Printer Will Need to Know

Many companies print and distribute catalogs to showcase their company and offerings. Well-designed catalogs, or catalogues, are easy to use and provide a systematic and aesthetically-pleasing arrangement of products and services. They...

Book Printing Lingo: What is Book Binding?

Examples of Softcover Books Created with the Perfect Binding Method Book Binding, also known as Book Bindery, is the process of assembling and securing written or printed pages within a cover. In most cases, the cover is thicker than the...

Printing a Book? Here's a Quick Checklist of Info your Printer will Need

When you are ready to print a book, you'll need to relay the following printing and binding information to your printer… Don't worry if you are unsure of any of these specifications, your printer can help guide you. Quantity - How...

Simple Ways to Save Money on Book and Booklet Printing

Everyone is looking for ways to save money these days and book printing is no exception. Here are a few cost saving ideas to keep in mind when designing and buying printed books and booklets. Stick with Standard Paper Sizes Standard paper...

Book Printing Lingo: What does “Self Cover” mean?

The Self Cover option is an economical choice for any booklet, like a Price List, which may change frequently Self Cover means that the paper used for the cover of a book or other bound document is the same as the paper used for the interior...

Book Printing: The Many Benefits of Saddle Stitch Binding

Saddle Stitched Books Even Stack Well Of all the softcover book binding methods we offer, Saddle Stitching is the most popular. We use this method for a variety of book types including catalogs, manuals, booklets, programs, multi-page...

Book Printing Lingo: What does "Perfect Binding" mean?

Perfect Binding is a widely used soft cover book binding method. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible thermal glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed...

Book Printing Lingo: Is Spiral Binding the same as Coil Binding?

Spiral Binding and Coil Binding are interchangeable terms for the exact same book binding method. This popular method joins the pages and cover of a book using a durable plastic or metal coil that is shaped like a long spring. The coil is...

The 3-Ring Binder: 124 Years Old and Still Used by Everyone

A Ring Binder, such as the common 3-Ring Binder, is the simplest of all binding methods used to assemble pages into book form. Invented in Germany in 1886, it is still one of the most versatile and user friendly binding methods. The advantage of...

Book Printing: The Benefits of Short Run Printing / Print on Demand

For any organization or author that is looking to have some books printed, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand are popular concepts worth exploring. Considered by many to be interchangeable concepts, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand work...

Book Printing: What Info does a Printer need to Quote accurately?

Virtually all printing projects are made-to-order. This is because each printed piece is unique and created for a particular purpose. The purpose of the piece determines its characteristics. Your printer refers to the unique characteristics...

Printing Lingo: What does "Saddle Stitch" mean?

To form a book, the Saddle Stitch method uses wire staples to secure folded sheets of paper In the printing industry, Saddle Stitching refers to a very popular book binding method in which folded sheets are gathered together one...

Buying Basics: Printed Books for Business

Sooner or later, anyone who buys Printing for an organization will likely encounter the need to order some kind of book, whether it is a catalog, manual, directory, etc. Because these are multi-page documents, books are naturally more involved...

Printing Lingo: What does "Print On Demand" mean?

You may have heard the term "Print On Demand" and wondered what it was all about. Print On Demand refers to a printer's ability to produce books or other documents for a customer on an "as needed" basis. Print On Demand is currently popular...

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