Paperback Book Printing

Written by Christopher Ransom
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It's hard to pinpoint exactly when the first paperback book printing occurred, but one common source cited is the Venetian printer Aldus Manutius who became well known for publishing small, inexpensive pocket sized books at the end of the 15th century. Today, paperback book printing is by far the most common format for traditional publishers for and authors like you looking to shepherd your own book into print.

Paperback books are commonly 3 ½ to 8 ½ inches wide and 5 to 11 inches tall, the most common formats being the mass-market paperback (usually 4 x 6 inches) and the trade paperback (usually 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches). Paperback book are printed for the relatively low cost-per-unit price point. Paperbacks books use adhesives to bind the pages to the spine, creating a clean, attractive appearance that is both flexible and built to last through several readings.

How to Determine if You Should Use Paperback Book Printing

The simple answer is, probably so, yes. The main reason is that the cost of printing your book in paperback can be as much as 50-70% lower than printing the same book in hardback. Paperback books, because of their weight and size, are also cheaper to ship, store, and handle- for both retailers and you.

Perfect bound is a type of binding commonly used for paperback books. The name refers to the square back (spine) created by this binding method. Other paperback binding methods include saddle-stitched (stapled at the center and folded, like most magazines), spiral bound (like notebooks), and 3-ring binding. Ask your book printer which paperback book binding methods are available. Discussing your book, and specifically your goal for the finished product, is the best way to determine if paperback book printing the format for your book ... and your pocketbook.

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