Paperback book printing UK
Paperback book printing UK or Perfect Binding is a widely used soft cover (also called “softback”) book binding method. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong and flexible adhesive. The cover and inner pages are then trimmed flush to size.
FAQ Paperback Books
Basis weight of paper – The weight of a material defined by g/m2 (grammes per square metre).
Bleed – Printed matter which runs off the edge of the paper. The bleed is the amount by which the illustration extends beyond the trim size (We require 3mm of bleed).
Bulk – The thickness of a book or sheet of paper.
Collate – To check the sections of a gathered book to ensure that they are all present and are in the correct order.
Cut – The act of cutting flat printed or unprinted paper on a guillotine or three knife trimmer.
Draw on cover – A paperback cover which is attached to the book block by gluing the spine.
Edges – The three cut sides of a book-block.
Extent – The length of a book in terms of the number of pages.
Foredge – The outer edge of a book, opposite the spine.
Foot – The bottom edge of a book.
Frontispiece – An illustration on the page facing the title page of the book.
Head – The top cut edge of a book.
Laminating – The application of a film, either gloss or matt finish, to the surface of the printed book cover to enhance its appearance and to increase durability.
Landscape – The Shape of an illustration or book is referred to as ‘Landscape’ when its width is greater than its height.
Leaf – A sheet of a book containing two pages, one on each side. Thus, a book containing 32 leaves has 64 pages.
Limp cover – A flexible book cover from 240gsm (Standard) up to 300gsm in weight distinct from a board cover.
Perfect binding – A style of unsewn binding in which the leaves of a book are held together at the binding edge by adhesive.
Portrait – The shape of a book or illustration is referred to as portrait when its height is greater than its width.
Section – A sequence of pages forming part of a book.
Self Cover – A booklet cover of the same paper as the inside leaves, generally the first and last pages on the sheet.
Side gluing – A line of adhesive on the front and back of a book-block to strengthen the hinge opening.
Spine – The bound edge of a book, also known as the ‘back’.
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