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Confused about paper?  Here’s our second segment of terms for first-time authors; this time we define some common paper terms you’re sure to run into when you produce a book.

Basis weight:  Basis or basic weight refers to the weight, in pounds, of a 500 sheets (ream) of paper cut to a given standard size for that particular paper grade. Common book text weights are 50#, 60#, 70#, and sometimes 80# text.

Caliper:   The measurement of the thickness of the paper.  This is listed on the online quote now.

Coated Papers:  Paper that has been coated with clay and other substances for a smooth printing surface and improved ink holdout.  Cast, gloss, dull and matte are four major categories.

Covers:  For softcover books, we offer a few standard options for book covers, C1S in two weights, 10 and 12 point.

C1S and C2S– Acronyms for Coated One Side and Coated Two Sides paper stock, used for covers for softcover books.  C1S refers to stock that is coated on one side.  We offer a 10 pt (point) and 12 pt, with a 12 pt slightly heavier and more durable.

Caliper is the measurement of the thickness of the paper.

Uncoated stocks with textured finishes must be digitally compatible.

Uncoated stocks with textured finishes must be digitally compatible.

Digital Papers: papers designed and manufactured specifically for digital presses.  They usually have a special coating that allows ink to adhere to the surface.  If you specify a paper, be sure it is digitally compatible with the particular piece of digital equipment used – such as I-gen, HP, etc…

NaturalA term to describe papers that have a color similar to that of wood, also called cream, off-white or ivory.

Opacity:  The translucency of the paper, that is, does ink show through to the other side of the sheet? The thicker the paper, the less likely it will show through.

Offset paper:  Term used for uncoated paper generally used for books.

PPI  (pounds per inch):  The method used to calculate the spine thickness.

Text:  The interior of the book, printed on a lighter weight paper.  Text can also refer to a type of paper.

Uncoated paper: Paper that has not been coated with clay.  Sometimes called offset papers.

With more and more authors and editors choosing to print their books digitally, questions pertaining to digital printing and paper seem to crop up daily.   Advancements in digital technology give you more paper options than ever before, but with these changes, also comes some confusion—coated, uncoated, matte, caliper, C1s… all these terms can be confusing to those new to printing.

To make things even more confusing, every printer uses different terminology and stocks different paper grades,paper quote depending on their equipment and preferences.  If you’re quoting your project with PG, here are some terms you’ll likely see:

Covers:  for softcover books, we offer a few standard options for your book covers.   C1s refers to a heavier coated or glossy stock that is coated on one side.  We stock a 10 pt (point) and 12 pt, with a 12 pt slightly heavier and more durable.   Caliper is the measurement of the thickness of the paper. It is now listed on our site next along with the PPI.  PPI is the method used to calculate the spine thickness. 

Although not listed, we can also customize your book with specialty stocks.  The book pictured below has an uncoated 100# cover called Classic Columns, manufactured by Neenah Paper.   If you select your own stock, just be sure it is digitally compatible and guaranteed to work on a digital press.

Uncoated stocks with textured finishes must be digitally compatible.

Uncoated stocks with textured finishes must be digitally compatible.

Text:    50#, 60# or 70# weights are the most common options.  Anything under 50# is generally a newsprint grade and not suitable for digital printing due to its high dust content. If you’re looking to reduce costs, opt for a 50# weight, which will reduce the overall weight of the book and lower shipping costs.

One caution:  If you have imagery or heavy solid ink coverage, be aware of opacity or “show-through” with lighter weight sheets.  When you have image content, be safe and go with a 70# or 80# weight.   Heavier weight paper also offers a tactileness and substance to your book that contributes to its overall aesthetic appeal.

If your project is a textbook or workbook, select the heavier 70# or 80# weight so they stand up to continual wear and page-turning.

Colored papers are good options as well.  In addition to several shades of white, we offer a subtle off-white or natural color that can help warm up your book.  Alternatively, a white coated or glossy sheet has a harder surface which makes color photography pop on the page.

Color, texture, and weight of paper all communicate subtle messages to the reader.  If possible, always try to consider your paper choices early in the design process.  Remember that paper can dramatically affect not only the budget, but the overall aesthetic of your book.  As always, give us a call or “chat” with us online if you have questions.

For more information, visit www.pubgraphics.com

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