Frequently Asked Questions

What paper options do I have?

The paper used in a publication will vary depending on the book type. For fiction and one-colour trade books the three popular stocks are:

•  80gsm offset (similar to bond paper)
•  70–80gsm cream, a smooth paper with a cream colour
•  79gsm bulky paperback is a textured paper, very popular for fiction & one-colour books.
  This stock has the advantage of bulking up the book, making it appear to have more pages.

What binding options do I have? 

Perfect binding
This process involves gluing the book at the spine and then wrapping a cover around the internal pages. Similar to the binding used on paperbacks.

Case binding
Case binding can give a book a certain gravitas to which many embellishments can be added, such as foil stamping. It is of a rigid construction that will withstand heavy and prolonged use. The internal pages are folded in sections of 16 pages and then sewn with cotton and the case is then glued to the spine. Case binding can be produced in short runs, it doesn’t normally become economically viable until print runs reach 1000 or more.

What are the minimum print runs?

For short run digital printing the minimum is 25 copies, however print on demand (POD) is 1 copy. 

How long will it take to print my book?

For planning purposes you should always allow a minimum of two weeks for a book printed in Australia and eight weeks if printed offshore. Production times will vary from book to book, so it is advisable to discuss schedules with your printer or publishing consultant.