Book binding is one of the world's oldest art forms. Over the centuries, its many variations have been traded across cultures, growing and changing with new technologies. Many of those unique variations still persist today. So many, in fact, that it can be difficult to decide which book binding method is best for your book.
Modern book printing is sort of like a double-edged sword. While it's now easier than ever before to self publish your book, wading through the sheet number of book printing options out there can be a dizzying experience. We'll take a look at the three types of book printing to help you decide which option would be best for your book.
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A proof is a preview of your book. It’s the best way of knowing what a book is going to look like before a full order of books arrive on your doorstep. Proofs put you in the driver’s seat of your book printing experience; they allow you to see a preview of the book and make any changes necessary before production begins.
Don Trosper is the Public History Manager at the historic Schmidt House in the heart of Tumwater, Washington, a stone’s throw from our shop. When Don first came to us with the idea of printing true stories from Tumwater’s history, I knew it was a book I wanted to read. Watching this book come together from concept to print run has been an exciting journey, so I asked Don to share a little of his perspective with us.
Most softcover and hardcover books are bound using an adhesive glue. Spiral bound books, on the other hand, have series of small holes punched into the left-hand side of their pages. A coil is fed through these holes to form the binding. Most spiral coils are made from plastic, but some are bound with a metal coil called Wire-O. Wire-O offers the same level of flexibility with an added touch of sophistication.
An eBook is a digital file of a book designed to be read on mobile devices—think phones, iPads, Kindles, eReaders, and more. For many authors, eBooks are a fantastic distribution tool that can complement other sales avenues.
The type of cover finish you choose should be considered in tandem with cover design since it will complement your cover artwork. Whether it’s on a living room coffee table or on a bookstore shelf, the right cover finish can be the difference between your book being noticed or not.