There are many factors that can differentiate your book from the next and depending on the book printer you are quoting with and the book printing presses they utilize they may offer some but not all of the varieties available for the custom book printing that you seek. Therefore the very first choice you will need to make is to verify that the capabilities you seek from your book printer are possible or if you will need to seek elsewhere for those capabilities. Choices overall vary in book printing from the standard to the eclectic and your choice will depend on both your wallet and as well as press capability in order to meet your requirements. Remember, standard configurations will be less cost, but if that is not the requisite and you want to differentiate, by all means but just be prepared to pay a bit more.
Case binds come in several ways with respect to construction. The most common today is adhesive bind, with a rounded back which does not utilize any form of stitching. Generally speaking, if PUR glue, which is super strong, is used and the usage of the book is standard this will suffice. For heavier usage Smythe sewing (between and through each signature) or stitching along the spine if produced on a Docutech, which cannot produce signatures as a web press will add strength to the bind. There are also treatments such as edge staining of the text, gilding or scalloping of the text face edge that can also add to the look when you print a custom book. Cover materials can also be available in eclectic materials such as leather or imitation leather, or any other type of material that may be available.
Laminated Label On Board:
This is the same as case bind in all respects, but instead of a cloth or imitation cloth covering on the boards, a gloss text weight label is “laminated onto the boards and folded over onto the inside which is covered by the end sheets that glue from the inside cover and cross over to become a virtual first page. Here you can play with custom papers, be they recycled or colors of your choice in order to affect a more custom book printing look. The label is generally treated with a gloss film clear lamination or my simply have UV coating applied. This type of custom book printing and bindery type are generally associated with text books or children’s book printing.
The pocket book or soft cover perfect bind is generally what you find on the newsstand shelf but can be differentiated with custom paper stocks and treatments. Heavier covers can be utilized, such as 14 pt c1s from the standard 10 or 12 pt. Die cut windows offer a nice custom book printing touch to the cover, opening up to a nice design or special wording on the page behind it, and possibly on a gloss coated stock with full color inks. Foil stamping also may offer a nice effect on the cover of your custom book printing as well as metallic inks. French flaps, which is an extended front and/or back cover that folds in can also offer a nice touch as well as serve as an attached bookmark for the reader.
I address Wire-O here and exclude spiral bind as they are almost synonymous other than I prefer Wire-O as it looks better and thus more professional. Additionally Wire-O is preferred by book binders as it costs the same to produce but is a quicker binding to implement thus speeding your job along at a faster pace. The nice thing about Wire-O bind is that you are not limited to simply the exposed wire material at the binding edge. With “Hidden Wire-O”, you can limit the exposure with a custom book printing and binding to only one edge, usually the rear of the book and if you like a more “industrial look” to the front cover only. The nice thing about the “hidden” version is that you have the “lay flat” advantage plus the custom book printing addition of the spine, so that your book can sit on a shelf and have copy on the spine without having to resort to the ugly comb bind with its huge chunk of plastic for a spine.
Lay Flat Bind:
Lay flat bind is a custom addition to perfect or case bind as it uses a net glued on to the inner text spine that separates from the cover spine edge and allows the book to lay flatter than standard case or perfect binding but not as flat as hidden Wire-O. Any binding that lays flat is the preferred bindery type for cook books and coffee table art books.
Your paper choice can allow for some interesting looks in custom book printing. However, while you will have almost unlimited choice on a sheet fed press, your choice on a digital press will only allow for smooth surfaced papers due to the adhesion required by toner rather than inks and on web presses which are limited by paper stocks that are on rolls only for the text and cover stocks that may require the book printer to purchase a full truck load in order to produce a custom book printing for you with it. Other than press limitations, you may consider an industrial look with newsprint, bible stock or alt. offset which is also a great money saver as it is highly refined newsprint and can come in white or natural.
It is also important to note here that quantity, size, paper, page count and other variables will dictate which type of press serves you best. Each type of printing press and the printing company that houses them will have capability limitations on paper, binding, inks and more depending upon the equipment used. Many times I have a client tell me that I want to produce one just like this sample, forgetting that due to the quantity produced of the sample book that prints on a very different type of press than the one required by the current customer makes it impossible to duplicate what the customer is requiring for their custom book printing run.
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