On this site you will have access to practical information relating
to paperback- and book printing.
Paper is produced for printing in sheets or on a roll. The different type of paper depends on thickness, coating and density. Paperbacks are printed on typical paper in books which is not coated and is rather porous. Magazines, booklets and newsletters are often printed on paper for photographs which is coated and is a rather concentrated. The density of paper is measured in grams per m2. Printing paper comes from about 60 grams per m2 up to 400 grams per m2 and even thicker.
The hard cover is the cover around the book. The cover is made of cardboard and consists of sides and spine. Next, the volume is glued together with bookbinding material or an imprinted paper sheet.
This is the most common file system today. It ends with .pdf and contains among other things printing information, colors, letter or script types and photos.
The spine can be straight or rounded. Paperbacks have a straight spine but hardcover books often have a round spine.
This is a printed sheet of paper, often lacquered or plastic covered, which glues together the sheets of paper and the spine on the bookbinding. Sometimes a bookbinding material is used partially on the glued part.
This is what glues the volume to the book. The end papers are often printed in picture books. They are used in hardcover books but not often in paperbacks.
Is a decoration which is used to close the seam where the sheets in the book come together by its spine.
Is heat pressed with golden folia or colored folia. A stereotype is made with the photo or the text which would be pressed on the paper or book binding material. A stereotype is made with the photo or the text which should be pressed on to the paper or the book binding material.
Embossing is made with a rubber stereotype which includes a photo or text that is printed on to the paper. By embossing, the photo comes out of the paper, but when it is sunken, the photo goes down in the paper.
Plastic covering is also known as laminating. Plastic covering is used in order for the cover or the gluing will last longer. The plastic is a very thin film which is glued on to the paper. It can be shiny or matte.
Lacquering is used in order to protect the printing work. It can be matt or shiny. Partial lacquering is used when only a part of the photo text should be lacquered with text in order to receive different effect in the texture. Different lacquering methods exist such as oil- and water based lacquering or UV lacquer.