Our Book Printing Options ExplainedLearn about book sizes, binding methods, types of paper and more
Common Book Sizes
B6 - 148 x 105mm
B Format - 198 x 129mm
A5 - 210 x 148mm
Demy - 216 x 138mm
Royal - 234 x 156mm
Crown Quarto - 246 x 189mm
A4 - 297 x 210mm
Square 210 x 210mm
Flexi binding / Ota binding
Paper Type – inner pages
- Coated paper has a smoother feel
- Comes in matte, silk and gloss finishes.
- Great for illustrated and graphical books.
Popular choice: Silk paper
Popular weights: 115 gsm, 130gsm and 150gsm.
- A slightly rougher, more tactile feel
- Typically used when the content is mainly text
- Gives images a flatter, more natural look
Popular choice: Bookwove, white or cream.
Popular weights: 70 gsm and 80 gsm.
This is the most popular choice for softback book cover material. As the name suggests, one-sided board can only be printed on one side (i.e. the outer cover only). One-sided board gives your book a stiffer, more substantial cover, compared to silk. Which means your book’s cover is less likely to warp and bend over time, and it just ‘feels’ better.
Popular options: 240gsm (regular) and 300 gsm (stiffer)
If your softback book’s cover needs to be printed on the inner covers, then silk is a material to consider. Despite the increased weight, silk results in a more flimsy cover compared to one-sided board, because both sides of the paper are coated. Hence, unless you want to print on your inner covers, it’s not our preferred choice.
Popular silk cover options: 350 gsm
Printed paper case
- Endpapers are used in case bound books, to join the book block (pages) to the case.
- The endpaper is a long sheet which is glued into the inner cover, and also along a thin strip of the first/last page of the book.
- Endpapers can be printed or left blank
- Endpapers can also be used on some softback books, eg flexi-bound books, to give a thicker cover and premium finish.
Choose from matt or gloss lamination. If in doubt, choose matt!
We also offer multiple print finishes to enhance your book
- Cover flaps – an extra folded part of a softback cover, for adidtional info and extra cover thickness.
- Embossing and debossing – the raised or indented parts of the cover, for extra emphasis.
- UV varnish – Add selective shiny areas to the cover. Also known as ‘spot varnish’.
- Gilt edging – ink is applied to the edge of each page.
- Head and tail bands – a band of fabric at the top and bottom of a case bound book’s spine.
- Ribbon markers – add a ribbon, often found on cookery books and reference books.