Stuff any author should know even if they plan on publishing the traditional route. Thanks Pubgraphics!
Printing is one of those industries with a lot of terms to know! Bleeds, trim size, full ink coverage, 4-color, 4/0, 4/4, lamination…. It goes on and on. Not to mention those elusive paper terms like text paper, cover paper, PPI, basis weight, etc…
To help out our first time authors, we put together a quick reference guide of commonly used terms in the book printing industry:
Binding : Any finishing operation following the printing including cutting, collating, folding, drilling and other finishing operations.
Bleed : Any element that extends past the edge of the printed piece.
Book Block : Folded signatures gathered, sewn and trimmed, but not yet covered.
Casewrap or case binding: A type of binding used in making hard cover books with adhesive.
Crop marks: Small printed lines around the edges of a printed piece indicating where it is to be cut out of the sheet.
4 color process :
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