Choosing the right paper stock to print on can be difficult. There are a number of options and it's not always obvious which paper to choose.
This little guide should help you identify which paper would be right for your book requirements. If you still are unsure please request some paper samples and you can see and feel the differences with our paper range.
These are the main two assumptions
These are not always correct as it all depends on the amount of pages, print coverage, colour density and the type of book you are printing. Please see below the types of books fit best with paper weights.
What does Gsm stands for? 'grams per square meter' and refers to the substance weight of the paper, relating to a specific are of paper (1mm x 1mm), that remain constant irrespective of sheet size.
The paper stock is the weighting of the paper. As a general rule, a higher stock paper is a little more expensive to print on, but higher stock is also perceived as being higher quality.
This produces a matte finish. The majority of books that you read have an uncoated finish.
Perfect for: novels, poetry books, anthologies, short stories, biographies.
This super smooth bright white uncoated sheets are perfect for: Mixed colour novels, poetry books, anthologies, short stories, biographies, photo books, Childrens Books, high graphic books, magazines, booklets
This is a mid range uncoated sheet which we have added, its not as smooth as the above range but still give a bright white apperance with a less smooth matt finish.
This produces a matte finish. The majority of books that you read have an uncoated finish. Bookwove is the same as uncoated but its off white. Some people say its easier to nead novels on this paper as there is the glare like the bright white Perfect for: novels, poetry books, anthologies, short stories, biographies.
Paper types refers to the finish of the paper, this affects the look of the pages rather than the feel or the weight.
Paper with a silk finish has a low sheen coating and is extremely smooth. This improves colours and sharpens images. Silk is somewhere between uncoated and gloss, it provides a high quality look in a more subtle way than gloss.
Perfect for: photo books, posters, leaflets, brochures
Paper with a shiny finish and is extremely smooth. Great for vibrant colours where you want things to look very sharpe.
Perfect for: photo books, Childrens Books, high graphic books, magazines etc
See below the paper weight which best matches with your book.
We do a wide range of laminating materials but our main types are Matt and Gloss, When printing a book we would always reccommend laminating the cover as this helps protect against marks and scratches especially on darker colours. If you request samples below and we will send you a laminating card showing the standard materials.
Whether you want to take advantage of our book design service or not, it's really easy to find out how much it is going to cost to print your book.