Welcome to our, Soft Cover, PUR Bound, Book Printing faq page

Regardless of if you're from a professional book printing compnay, if you're trying to self-publish your own novels or your trying to print your own small-run family history book, this page, the below tabs and our online book printing tool can sevice the majorotiy of all your small to medium run book printing needs. So while we expect that you'll use other book printing company quote tools, if you read the below, you'll understand why our clients call us the more accomplished book printing company. They are online book printers without people. We're a traditional printing company with an online book quoting tool.

here's nine very good reasons to use us FOR YOUR BOOK PRINTING

Read through these five tabs in order, or as you need them, for everything you nned to about printing your own books

Perfect Binding Vesus PUR Binding

Why are we better? All book prices here allow for PUR Binding. PUR Binding (Polyurethane Reactive Adhesive Binding) is much stronger than Perfect Binding. So while Perfect Binding might hold well enough on uncoated paper stocks, it's not a life-time binding solution for stocks like Silk Matt or Gloss. PUR Binding on the other hand is a much more permanent and lay-flat book binding solution for all soft-cover book printing. We are proud to say that we quote to use PUR Binding on all books estimates provided on this page:)

You can also use our Book Binding Glossary to see the difference between PUR Binging and Perfect Bidning.

That means we you use Goliath you simply get better books.

Minimun Book Spine Thickness - 4mm

All glue-bound books, whether they are Perfect Bound, Burst Bound or PUR Bound, and regardless of whether they are produced here or at another book printing company, need to have a minimum spine width of 4mm to be bound to a professional and quality standard. That also means the page count and internal paper GSM are a contributing factor to having a book published. As a rule, 64 internal pages at 80gsm Laser Uncoated is a 4mm spine. That means if you have 64 pages or more you are okay to proceed. As the Page count comes down, paper GSM will need to go up to meet the minimum 4mm spine requirement. So at 115gsm Gloss paper (which is a thinner paper), you will need 68 internal pages.


Given our calculator works with 6 paper types, we have listed the minimum page count here for all 6 papers.

80gsm Laser Uncoated - 64 Internal Pages

90gsm Laser Uncoated - 58 Internal Pages

100gsm Laser Uncoated - 52 Internal Pages

120gsm Laser Uncoated - 44 Internal Pages

113gsm Silk Matt - 64 Internal Pages

150gsm Silk Matt - 48 Internal Pages

170gsm Silk Matt - 44 Internal Pages

Actual Bound Hard Proofs Delivered

Proper Bound Proofs (none of this Unbound Proof Rubbish)... If you've selected to have a hard copy book printing proof sent to you, the book will be on the appropriate paper stock, the correct size, and using the appropriate printing technology. This means the proof you receive will be produced exactly the same as the bulk of your book printing order.

Book Binding Glossary


PUR BINDING

If your softcover book is going to be very thick, or if it needs to survive constant usage or extreme climatic conditions, it may require PUR binding. PUR binding is nearly identical to perfect binding except that it uses a special high tech adhesive called Polyurethane Reactive Adhesive. This process is the most expensive option of all the glue binding options but will provide binding many times stronger than the standard perfect binding.

PERFECT BINDING AND BURST BINDING

What is Perfect Binding? Perfect binding is one of the styles of binding a book that glues the books text pages into the book cover's spine. The collated book have 3mm milled off the spine edge and the cover is then glued into position with a PVA style glue. Perfect binding is suitable for light usage and has the disadvantage that single pages may fall out with time. This is because the spine edge has been milled off and while the straight line edge does look good, it does give the glue less of edge to hold onto. Perfect binding is an ideal binding method for magazines and books that are only going to be read a few times. Monthly and quarterly magazines are only called upon for a short period of time, and while there are countless perfect bound books in circulation that have never lost a page, it is occasional that they do.

What is Burst Binding? Burst binding is very similar to the above perfect binding except that the spine edge of the collected pages is not milled off, instead, the spine edge has notches or perforations which allows better penetration by the glue. For this reason burst bound books have better strength and durability than perfect bound books, and while both perfect binding and burst binding present well, they are not suitable for very heavy usages. As mentioned in the above perfect binding section, burst binding, like perfect binding is useful for quality periodicals, school yearbooks, light use catalogues and other types of general usage publications.

PUR CASE BINDING

If your book is intended for constant daily use and will be subjected to considerable wear and tear, then perhaps a hard case-bound book would be appropriate. Hard-cover books / Case-bound books are also more often associated with high-value (high cost) book printing and it's for that reason that most self-publishers do not choose this option. Case bound books are section sewn, with the text being imposed into signatures and sewn together with cotton. Endpapers are then glued into a cloth or vinyl covered hardcover which may be printed, foiled or embossed. This is the strongest and most archivally stable bookbinding method available. If you would like to discuss case binding and whether it is the best option for binding your book.

SADDLE STITCH BINDING (2 STAPLES)

Saddle stitching, also known as stapling, is one of the most efficient small book binding methods available. It is fast, economical and ideal for smaller publications and booklets. The leaves are secured through the centre fold by wire staples, allowing the book to open flat. The number of pages that can be stitched depends on how thick the paper is, although as a general rule 48 pages is the maximum advisable number of pages for a saddle stitched book. We'd be pleased to advise you on soft cover options and whether it is the best solution for binding your books...

WIRE BIND

Wire binding is useful when heavy stock, odd items or a range of different stocks are required to be combined in a book. Because wire-o binding is durable and allows for full and flat opening and closing, it is useful for such printed items as calendars, samplers, colour cards, notebooks, prospecti, presentation books or unusual custom publications. The wire binding is available in a range of colours and metallic finishes to suit your needs.


CLASSIC BOOK FONTS

In the self publishing arena, the most commonly used book print fonts are Times New Roman, Garamond, Bookman Old Style, Book Antiqua, Tw Cen MT and Minion. What makes these fonts great at their job is that they are easy to read, allowing for good connectivity between lettering and words, and don’t otherwise grab undue attention. Please see the below examples of each font and as they appear on each page.

DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

Yes, it really does. It's not just the font that matters though, there are certain styles that professional books use that aid a book's readability by the user. For example, in the below page five, you will note that the first letter and first three words of a new chapter are different. While they are the same font, the first letter is larger and the balance of the first three words appear to be the same size font as the rest of the page but are capitalised. Typically, capitalised letters are larger than lower cased letters, and so for these three words capitalised letters to be on par with the other lower case letters in the same line, they need to be several points smaller than the other text.

okay then, what book font should I use?

There are book standard fonts; some fonts to choose from that are all non-jarring to the reader and that will be subconsciously accepted as a professional book type font. Please see the below images, that can all be downloaded to your computer, for font consideration. DOWNLOAD HERE

Font_Times New Roman
Font_Bookman Old Style
Font_Times New Roman
Font_Bookman Old Style
Font_Garamond
Font_Garamond

Minimun Book Spine Thickness - 4mm

All glue-bound books, whether they are Perfect Bound, Burst Bound or PUR Bound, and regardless of whether they are produced here or at another book printing company, need to have a minimum spine width of 4mm to be bound to a professional and quality standard. That also means the page count and internal paper GSM are a contributing factor to having a book published. As a rule, 64 internal pages at 80gsm Laser Uncoated is a 4mm spine. That means if you have 64 pages or more you are okay to proceed. As the Page count comes down, paper GSM will need to go up to meet the minimum 4mm spine requirement. So at 115gsm Gloss paper (which is a thinner paper), you will need 68 internal pages.


Given our calculator works with 6 paper types, we have listed the minimum page count here for all 6 papers.

80gsm Laser Uncoated - 64 Internal Pages

90gsm Laser Uncoated - 58 Internal Pages

100gsm Laser Uncoated - 52 Internal Pages

120gsm Laser uncoated - 44 Internal Pages

113gsm Silk Matt - 64 Internal Pages

150gsm Silk Matt - 48 Internal Pages

170gsm Silk Matt - 44 Internal Pages

Print File Formats

WHAT IS A NATIVE FILE FORMAT?

Native File simply refers to a file that has the same format at the program that created it. This means that Microsoft Words native file format is doc., also known as a word document. Although Microsoft can equally create PDF files, it’s native file, and the language that it speaks fluently is the Word document. I use the analogy of language to better explain the next point. Just like a word document file can be opened by any Microsoft word program, this is because they are all speaking the same language fluently, and so the file is just part of their conversation. Using that same analogy, Microsoft Word and Abobe Illustrator do not speak the same language, and so opening a native file from one of these two in the other program will simply not work; the two programs are not speaking the same language. This is why PDFs are so prized, and you can learn more about that in the paragraph to the right. The Native Files that are saved by InDesign, Illustrator, Word and Photoshop can theoretically be opened by the same version of the same program on another computer. That means we might be able to open a file that you’ve saved as an Illustrator file (.ILL), because both programs should speak the same language. Unfortunately, this all makes the assumption that both computers have the same font banks and extensions (add ons), and if they don’t, then the two programs still won’t get along, because although they might be speaking the same language, one just happens to know more than the other. This is why PDFs are so critical.

WHAT DOES PDF MEAN?

Hmmm. You might notice in the below the continual use of the letting “PDF”. In I.T, graphic design and book printing, the letters PDF stand for Portable Document Format, and they are so common because it is an industry standard format for sending lightweight files whilst maintaining all the documents integrity. As you can imagine then, most work programs can output/export their content to a PDF file. This means that if a person does not have the program that the document was created in, it doesn’t matter, because the portable document format brings with it all its critical information to be viewed as it’s creator intended. The PDF file format is by far the easiest and fastest way to send us your print file. Not only are PDF files complete (with no missing fonts or links) but they hold true colour management, trapping and open pre-press information. Most PDF files are small enough in size that they can be sent via email or via our FTP.

SO WHAT ARE CROP MARKS AND BLEED?

All printed elements that are not intended to bleed off should be a minimum of 5mm within the edge of the page. This will ensure trim tolerances are maintained. Allow at least 5mm bleed for print components that do run off the edge of the page. Crop marks can be set in Illustrator or InDesign when exporting to a PDF and should be 2.3mm offset, and allow for 3mm bleed.

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Spine Width Calculator


Comming Soon. Until then, you can ask us via email or via the below Chat Tool and we will calculate and advise the spine width for you manualy:)

How To Send Art Files Through

1. High Tail

WHAT IS HIGHTAIL AND CAN I SEND MY BOOK FILE WITH IT?

Hightail is a free, secure, file transfer website that will enable you to send book printing files up to 50mg for free. Simply create a free account, enter the email address you would like to send your book printing file to, in this case, us, upload your file and hit send. While your book file is transferring over you’ll see a progress bar which indicates the file upload. Do not close the Hightail page while your book file is uploading. When the file is completely uploaded the page will change and both you the sender and us the receiver will receive a notification email. We’ll be able to download your book printing file from a link that is sent in the confirmation email, and once we’ve downloaded that file we’ll email you to confirm and advise you of the next step. Try HighTail here.

2. Mail Big File

My file is too large. Will Mail Big File work?

Mail Big File is another free, secure, file transfer website that will enable you to send book printing files up to 2GB for Free. Simply create a free account, enter the email address you would like to send your book printing file to, in this case, us, upload your file and hit send. While your book file is transferring over you’ll see a progress bar which indicates the file upload. Do not close the Mail Big File page while your book file is uploading. When the file is completely uploaded the page will change and both you the sender and us the receiver will receive a notification email. We’ll be able to download your book printing file from a link that is sent in the confirmation email, and once we’ve downloaded that file we’ll email you to confirm and advise you of the next step.

Internal Pages & Cover Spreads


PUR Book Print File Set Up

Setting up your book printing file for a PUR or Perfect Bound Book or magazine, means you'll need to provide all the internal book pages as a single page strind PDF, maybe with crop marks and bleed; and the book's cover file as a double page spread with the spine running down the middle... Confused? Don't worry, we'll explain more below.



Inside Page Set Up

When setting up and saving your book's internal pages for book printing, you'll need to provide the files as a single-page string PDF. While crop marks and bleed are always encouraged, if your book is a text-based novel and has no printable elements near the edges, then all you need is a single page string PDF file in the correct size. Yes, that does also mean that you can use a Word Document if that's what you have and it's formatted properly to the correct size and in PDF.

In the below image, figure 1, you'll see three pages set-up as a single pages string with crop marks. Ie. The cross-hairs in the corners.

Figure 1
Internal Book Printing Pages



Book Cover Set Up

Your Book Cover file, on the other hand, needs to be set-up as a cover spread, not a single string PDF, like in Figures 2, 3 and 4. That means for a book with an outer printed cover only, like Figures 2 and 3, your back cover will be positioned on the left, the spine will be in the middle and the front cover will be on the right. That also means we'll need to advise you of a spine width. The spine width is calculated by the width of each page multiplied by the number of pages in your book. When you quote your book with us here at Goliath, your quote will be saved under your email address. If you email us here we can advise you of your spine width..


If the inside of your book cover is also meant to be printed, see Figure 5. In this case the same rules apply to the outer cover, but a second-page spread is required for the inside. That also means the overall dimensions of the outer cover will be the same overall dimensions of the inside cover. The two biggest differences between the outer cover spread and the inner cover spread are 1. the inside cover spread does not need spine art. 2. On both sides of the inside spine, you can leave another 6mm clearance to allow for the book covers front and back spine hindge. and 3 where the front cover sits on the right-hand side of the outer cover, the reverse is true for the inside front cover. The inside front cover sits on the left and the inside back cover sits on the right.




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Figure 2
2 PAGE COVER
Figure 3
2 PAGE COVER
Figure 4
4 PAGE COVER





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