August 2009, V8#8: Define Wednesday, Aug 5 2009 

Hard binding spotlight #1

Mt. Zion, GA: Deluxe bindingHardbound (hard back, hard cover): Books that are Library Oversewn and covered with the binding material of your choice, over .98 binding boards.  Click here for more information.

  • Standard Buckram Hardbinding: see above – binding material is buckram with a free spine imprint and free single line front cover imprint – usually gold foil. Click here for more information.

  • Full Color Illustrated:  see above – 4-color imprinted laminated paper – free cover layout. Click here for more information.

  • Deluxe/Executive Hardbinding: see above – binding material is usually Lexitone with free spine imprint including bars and free custom (no larger than 6×9″) front imprint – variety of inks & foils available. Click here for more information.

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August 2005, V4#8: Production Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

A Little About Archival Quality

Acid free, permanent and archival can be defined many ways.  However, it should be noted that both internal and external factors affect the finished product at any given time.  Internal factors are those that go into the making of the raw materials. External factors are everything from the atmospheric conditions during publishing (a book produced in a large industrial park may be subjected to caustic factors), heat, humidity and UV light to a book owner’s habit of using hand lotion frequently.

September 2002: V1#1: Book Design Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

One of the best things to do when choosing an overall design for any product, look around to see what elements you see in other products of your nature to see what you like or dislike.  Remember this is your book, so what you want can’t be wrong.  Make a list of what you like and want, then unless you are wealthy, mark the really important elements that you’d be willing to pay extra for.  Take your list in hand to your publisher and work with them to decide what things you want that will fit into your budget.  This is all ideally done before you begin producing finished manuscript pages, but can be done at any point as you prepare your manuscript.