Book Size Options
We can print books and brochures at any size from A7 (74mm x 105mm) right up to A3 (297mm x 420mm). Our ethos is not to restrict your creativity to set sizes, so choose whatever dimensions work for you within this range.
The minimum and maximum number of pages you can have very much depends on the binding type you choose (see below). The most common question we get asked is what is the minimum and maximum for Casebound (hardback) and PUR bound (softback) books. For these the minimum is 20 pages plus the cover and as for the maximum, it’s as many pages as you can get into 5cm (2 inches) of spine. To give you an idea we have bound over 400 pages although it is preferable to section sew these numbers of pages if the run length is also suitable.
Specialist Papers can be used for covers to enhance the impact and finish of your books and brochures. These can include a huge range of coloured card, and patterned card to give a textured finish in the hand. And, whilst all our papers are FSC certified if you want to go one step further we can offer you 100% recycled, tree-free papers or upcycled papers. Take a look at just some of the range we can offer in our specialist papers portfolio.
Or Cloth Covers
Should you wish, we can also offer cloth material covers of casebound (hardback) – which is another popular way of getting a textured finish.
Similarly, for the inner pages of your books and brochures we can offer a wide range of options again including 100% recycled and tree-free papers, as well as various options for ultra smooth, heavily textured and cream coloured text pages.
White Ink Printing & Pantone Cool Grey 10
Our top of the range HP Indigo press not only offers the traditional CMYK printing options with unparalleled results with images and graphics, but we can also offer you white ink for printing directly onto coloured card and also Pantone Cool Grey 10. Take a look at our white ink examples.
Why would I want Pantone Cool Grey 10?
Black text on a white page is often considered too harsh a contrast to look really good, especially when there are also coloured images on the page. For most places, the alternative is to use grey text made up from CMYK – the trouble is when using CMYK to make grey it is impossible to avoid the text looking fuzzy (technically speaking it’s called dot gain) as the dots of coloured ink try to combine to make the grey. This is especially true with many of today’s thinner fonts. Step forward, Pantone Cool Grey 10…by using a single colour of grey in our press we can offer perfect, crisp thin text every time. It’s a dark grey, prevents the harsh contrast problem and looks fabulous every time.
Book & Brochure Run Length
Many of the features and options we can offer you are only commercially viable on longer run lengths. This is typically due to their relatively high setup cost and relatively low running costs – which mean they become more and more cost efficient the longer the run of books or brochures being printed. Other options are more closely balanced in setup and running costs and these are therefore more effective with shorter run lengths.
To help with understanding which options work best when, we have provided information in the detail tabs below.
Section Sewn Books
Gathering groups of pages together and sewing them into sections is a great way of making a book lay flatter when in use, and therefore making it easier to use. Sections are typically either 16 or 32 pages each and then are bound together, with each section acting independently hence making it easier for the book to lay flat in the hand or on the desk. View examples of section sewing.
Section sewing is however, one of those processes that requires a longer run length to be commercially viable for most projects – at least 200 copies.