AQ for product Books
1. Is a front-end-paper, also called an FEP, included in the print or must it be created as a blank page?
End papers do not have to be created separately, they are already included in the calculation. One end paper in the front and one in the back.
2. Can cover pages be printed on the inside?
No, the cover pages themselves cannot be printed inside for production reasons. However, we offer the printing of a so-called dust jacket, which can also be refined. This loose cover is placed around the book and wrapped around the front edges of the cover.
3. Which grammages are used for the soft and hardcover of a book and how can the haptics of the hardcover be described in general?
The softcover consists of 275 gsm softcover board. The hardcover is made of 2 mm thick binder's board and a cover of 150 gsm picture printing paper. The picture printing paper is refined by a cellophane finish, which is either matt, matt scratch-resistant or glossy. Furthermore, an offset facing paper with a thickness of 120 gsm is applied to the front and back.
4. What exactly is a colour cover?
A colour cover is a kind of hardcover with linen structure. For this purpose, a binder's board with a thickness of 2 mm is used, which is covered with a typical linen cover. You can choose between different colours for the linen cover. In addition, the linen structure can be refined with hot foil stamping.
5. What does the headband in a book mean?
The polyester headband closes the gap between spine and book block when the book is closed and visually enhances the book. It is glued to the upper and lower edges of the spine and thus protects the book from dust and stress. If a book has a headband, it is possible to add a ribbon (also called a bound bookmark) from a minimum spine thickness of 10 mm.
6. What is the minimum number of pages for being able to select headband and bound bookmark?
For adhesive-bound books with hardcover cover, it is possible to order headband and bound bookmark from the following grammages and page numbers:
- 80 gsm offset - 152 pages
- 90 gsm offset - 140 pages
- 80 gsm book paper, wood-free - 160 pages
- 90 gsm book paper, wood-free - 120 pages
- 115 gsm image printing - 168 pages
7. Which paper should be used for book printing?
Book paper (or publishing paper) is particularly suitable for letterpress printing. This is the name given to the classic paper commonly used in books. It appears "bulkier" than picture printing paper and has the advantage of not being reflective due to its matt surface. Printing paper is only offered for adhesive binding.
8. When should a hardcover or softcover be used for a book?
Hardcover give your book an exclusive look, offer stable protection and are mainly used for large works. Softcover books are often the classic "paperbacks". Thanks to the flexible paper cover, they are much lighter than hardcover books and therefore ideal as a travel companion, for example.
9. Can I have books printed in small print-runs?
Yes, we print your book even in small editions starting from one piece.
10. What is the difference between perfect binding and sewn binding and what are the advantages of the two types of binding?
The perfect binding process combines sheets into a book block and bonds them by applying a special PUR adhesive to the milled spine of the block. Saddle stitching uses a book binding thread to sew the printed sheets into individual brochures after folding. These are then sealed at the spine of the book with a PUR layer of glue. If a book is used intensively and should still be in the best possible condition after years, high-quality sewn binding is recommended. This also has the advantage that double pages remain cleanly open and the book as a whole gives an exclusive impression. Nonetheless, books with less expensive perfect binding are also of very high quality. In addition, headband and a bound bookmark can also be ordered for perfecting binding, if the number of pages exceeds a certain number.