E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 5: Design Thursday, May 2 2013 

Hard bound books using bonded leather cover material is a fairly economical upgrade in elegance. A great “coffee table book” cover, it even retains much of the unique smell of leather. This material averages an up-charge of $5.00 per book in small quantities – if the color selected is in stock.

This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/binding/hb/special/imitationleather.html


E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 4: Design Monday, Apr 1 2013 

When designing color covers, if there is any possibility you may produce hard covers this consideration should be addressed when putting the file(s) together:
Anywhere the cover has high wear, such as spine hinge and the outer edge (or fold) of the cover image density is a factor if long wearing covers are a goal. While bright colors and high contrast images are traditional favorites for color covers, lower pigment density slows wear (and separation from protective lamination). For longest wear, it is recommend that these high wear areas have a combined CMYK density of no more than 260.
 This section is drawn from  http://www.gregathcompany.com/binding/art/hardcolor.html

September 2012 E-Zine (V11#9): Design Inspiration Sunday, Sep 9 2012 

Be careful if scaling (enlarging or reducing) graphics. You can have a very high quality graphic, but if you enlarge it 800% to fit your idea of the cover, it will generally loose focus and/or pixilated. The lower the quality, the less you can enlarge a graphic. As a rule, reduction is not a quality issue, unless it is shrunk so small that little or no detail is visible. Keep in mind, if using a photo quality, or other high quality computer printer to view your graphic print outs that production machines do not always match or exceed this high end, consumer quality – unless specifically commissioned.

Graphic files that are layered should be sent in their native format, as well as being flattened into a single layer, for original artwork. If sending PDF, be sure that the conversion “locks down” all fonts.

This section is drawn from

August 2006, V5 #8: Define Friday, Mar 20 2009 


Inlay (back strip): A heavy but flexible paper strip used to stiffen the spine of a finished book.

Lining (super, mull, crash, and gauze): Material used to reinforce spines of library bound books.  This material is a part of the end paper system and provides the means for a firm connection between text block and cover, giving shape and firmness to the book.

May 2006, V5#5: Define Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Fastback Binding: Soft type binding. Similar to perfect binding method – cover consists of separate front and back covers with a reinforced cloth spine.

Finish: Term that describes the surface characteristic of a particular paper.  i.e. antique, cockle, eggshell, embossed, English, felt, leatherette, linen, machine, pebble, vellum, wove, etc.

March 2006, V5#3: Design Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

 Lower cost alternative to custom printed end sheets:

  • Contrasting end sheets (maroon cover, mauve end sheets)

February 2006, V5#2: Design Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Pep up your end papers: Lower cost alternative to custom printed end sheets:

  • Matching end sheets (blue cover, blue end sheets, etc.)

July 2005, V4#7: Define Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

*Backbone: Center edge of a book perpendicular to and between its covers.

*Backing up: Printing a sheet after one side has already been printed.

* = general jargon that it not standard lingo at The Gregath Publishing Company

January 2005, V4#1: Production Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Binding: A new standard soft binding possibility, especially with small quantities is the Fastback cloth tape method which is a bridge between tape and staple and perfect binding:  The block of the book is glued like it would be for a perfect binding with front and back covers attached.  Then to cover the glued edges and for further reinforcement a strip of cloth binding tape is used for the spine. 

This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/sb/index.html

November 2004, V3#11: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and is usually associated with the barcode on the back of books.  This number is assigned to a publication from the “publisher’s” prefix group – ultimately from R. R. Bowker – http://www.bowker.com.  A number only applies to the publication from that publisher in that format only.  In other words, if you have an ISBN on a hardbound book, your softbound edition can’t use the same number.  Some printers have numbers that can either be used for free, or for a small fee for publications.  Additionally, regardless of who produces the book, you can purchase your own block of numbers.  This may help if you don’t plan to stay with the same production company.  If you use printer A’s ISBN for the first edition and for your second printing use printer B – you can not use printer A’s ISBN on the second edition.  For more information, check out Bowker’s site above.  An ISBN barcode may be required if you wish your book to be carried in some bookstores.

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