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Book Printing Article

What are the standard papers used in book printing?

Interior Pages

The typical paper used for book interiors is a 50# or 60# smooth offset stock in white. Natural or creme color is also popular, but usually is a little more expensive. A 50# white paper is less expensive than 60# white, but is also less opaque and less bulky. Opaque paper is less transparent and will keep you from seeing the printing on the back of each page. Use a bulkier paper or vellum stock to increase the spine width of a thin book. Vellum is not as smooth, but is bulkier than smooth offset stock. If you have photographs or screens, it is best to use a matte or gloss coated stock so that your photos will print with high definition. Most stock is now acid free, which keeps the paper from yellowing over the years. Nowadays, recycled paper doesn’t look any different from non-recycled stock. Ask your printer for samples and pricing on "house stock." You’ll get better pricing on house stock since the printer buys it in bulk on a regular basis.


The standard perfect bound book cover is 10 pt C1S (coated one side). Lamination will protect the ink on the cover. UV (ultra violet), aqueous, and varnish can also be used to protect the cover but are not as durable as lamination. Dust jackets are usually printed on an 80# or 100# C1S. In a casebound book, the boards can be covered with a B grade cloth, leather or paper and foil stamped. "Litho" (hard cover) books usually have an 80# C1S Litho paper laminated to a .88 pt. board.

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About the Author

Karen Saunders is the author of Turn Eye Appeal into Buy Appeal: How to easily transform your marketing pieces into dazzling, persuasive sales tools! Hundreds of business owners have used her simple do-it-yourself design system to create stunning marketing materials that really SELL their products and services! Pick up FREE articles, audio classes, eCourse and ezines at http://www.macgraphics.net

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