Did you know that Paperback Book Day is recognized nationwide on July 30? While it hasn’t quite reached the heights of, say, Independence Day, it has nonetheless made its fireworks in various reading circles, while helping to spread the joy that softcover publications can provide. Today I want to talk about softcover book printing.

There’s something undeniably personal and something invaluably portable about every flea market find and beach read just waiting on our shelves. And for authors and publishers, softcover book printing provides a more cost-effective printing option – particularly when partnering with a quality digital printer.

Here are just three hard and fast rules to follow for successful softcover book printing.

  1. Determine your purpose: Before you settle on softcover book printing, you’ll want to be certain it’s the right fit for your needs. Paperback books, by definition, are designed to be lightweight and flexible. If you are penning a lavishly illustrated children’s book or publishing a coffee-table tome of photography, the durability, longevity, and overall prestige of hardcover may be preferred, whereas trade publications, association guides, and even graphic novels are more suited to the more casual nature of the paperback. And, of course, pulp novels, page-turners, and the all-important beach reads are made to be folded, creased, and flat-out flattened by eager readers.
  2. Know your dimensions: Quality digital printers can perfect bind books as thin as one-eight of an inch up to two and one-half inches thick. Know your trim sizes. Most minimums clock in at 5” x 6” with a max of 8.5” x 11”. Consult your book printer for specifics.
  3. Choose a qualified collaborator: Take care to find the right book printer who uses the right tools to create the best books possible. Meticulous attention to detail is the key to success, so choose a partner that pairs decades of experience with state-of-the-art printing technology.

At Gasch, our team prides itself on delivering top-tier softcover book printing with a quick turnaround. Our in-house binding equipment is state-of-the-art and quality enhancements like hinge scores are offered at no additional cost. Questions? Call us at 301-362-0700 to learn more.