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  • A4 – A standard European Size of Paper or Book, 297x210mm. A4 books are ideal for workbooks, reference guides and training manuals.
  • A5 – A standard European size of paper or book, 210x148mm. They are perfect for novels, poetry books and autobiographies
  • Artwork – All original copy including Photographs, illustrations and text.
  • Bleed – The bleed is the area at the edge of a document which gives us space to allow a cleaner finish for trimming. Bleed is generally required to be 3mm on the cover, if the text does not have bleed you would need to add 3mm.
  • Binding – Method used to secure loose leaves or sections in the book, such as saddlestitch, perfect bound, case bound. We can bind in any of these formats including wiro & spiral bound.
  • Board – A thick paper stock used for hardback covers.
  • Bookvault- BookVault is a simple, easy-to-use web based system which allows the customer to manage their order and files. To register you must have a minimum of 5 titles.
  • Case bound – Also known as hardback, books are made with stiff outer covers and the inside pages are glued into the cover. You can have a printed paper case or wiblalin cloth cover.
  • Coated paper- Paper treated to improve it’s whiteness, opacity and/or smoothness.
  • CYMK – The four base colour, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black(or key). Combined they produce full colour for digital print.
  • Crop marks- Printed lines on the edge of the paper, this is where the paper will be cut to produce the correct finished size.
  • Digital printing- Digital printing refers to the methods of printing from a digital-based image , directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small-run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large-format and/or high-volume laser or inkjet printers.
  • Dispatch – Send off to a destination or for a purpose.
  • Dust jacket- The dust jacket of the book is the detachable outer cover, used mainly on hardback/case bound books. The dust jacket can be printed as an exact replica of a printed case or any design you choose. The bleed will be more for a jacket which would be 6mm bleed for the case, for the flaps you would you need to extended more based on the size on the book so these would be a minimum of 60mm.
  • E-Book – An electronic version of a printed book, which can be read on a computer or specifically designed handheld device such as a Kindle.
  • End Papers- In a hardback book, a folded sheet, on half of which is pasted to the front or back of the cover boards. The other half, (the flyleaf) is pasted along the folded edge to the first or last page of the book block. Endpapers can be plain, coloured or illustrated. 
  • E-Vault – E-Vault is a simple, easy-to-use web-based system which allows the customer to manage their e-book orders and files.
  • Foil Blocking – Process for stamping a design onto a book cover or jacket, or simple lettering on a hardback spine, using coloured foil with pressure from a heated metal blocking known as a ‘blocking die.’
  • GSM – Grams-per-square-meter; a measurement for the weight of paper stock, the higher the GSM the heavier the paper.
  • Hardback – A book or edition with covered of cloth, cardboard or leather, “a hardback edition.”
  • ISBN- The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier based upon the 13-digit Standard Book Numbering (SBN) code.
  • Kindle – Digital E-Book formatted for the Amazon Kindle, a wireless reading device.
  • Lamination – Lamination is the technique or manufacturing a material in multiple layers, so that the material improves strength, stability, appearance and other properties. A Laminate is usually permanently assembled by heat, pressure, welding or adhesives.
  • Lay-flat- A method of perfect binding that allows the covers to be opened all the way without cracking.
  • Mono – Monochrome, single colour print run.
  • Paperback – A book bound in stiff paper or flexible card
  • Perfect bound- Known as adhesive binding, applies an adhesive to the spine of gathered pages which, when dry keeps them securely bound.
  • Print On Demand – A system or process whereby individual copies or small numbers of a text are printed to order, typically using digital technology.
  • PPC(printed paper case) – An alternative to cloth casing for hardbacks in which a paperback-like-cover (but on much thinner paper) is glued onto stiff boards and laminated into place. As a result, no protective jacket is necessary.
  • Proof – A trial copy of the book you are looking to print, this is used to make sure the customer is happy with the book and gives time to make any corrections there may be.
  • Saddlestitch – A wire staple passed through the fold of a magazine or booklet.
  • Spine – The bound edge of the book
  • Spiral bound – Bound with a wire or plastic spiral threaded through a row of holes along one edge.
  • TPS (trimmed-page-size) - The actual size of a book page after excess material/bleeds required in production has been cut off. Finished Size.
  • Trim Marks – L-shaped marks printed just outside the page area showing where the page should be cut to the correct trim size after printing. Also called crop marks and occasionally cut marks and tick marks.
  • Wibalin – Brand name for the clothlike material used to cover the boards of a hardback book.
  • Wiro – Type of spiral binding. Useful for manuals/atlases as it allows a book to open flat.



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  • East of England Business Champion Winners 2011
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