Flexibound book printing
Flexibound books falls between soft and hard binding. The book interior in flexibound books is stitched and basically undergoes the same production processes as hard binding, only that the cover is soft. Similar as in hard binding, wire-o binding also allows us to fit an H&T band (an ornamental string, found at the top and bottom of the back side in hard binding) and can also have endpapers. Flexibound books are practical in cases, when you wish to print a book, which is flexible, but slightly more robust/durable than the softbound book. Customers usually choose wire-o binding for printing tourist/travel guides and printed matter, which is used in the field, or when they want their printed matter to stand out.
Information required in an enquiry
State how many books you wish to print.
When stating the format, please specify whether it’s a portrait or landscape.
In the EU, we usually state formats in the following fashion: Width x Height. Example: 210 x 297 mm (portrait A4 format).
The English use their own method for naming the format: Height x Width (reverse), this is why it is important to also state if it’s a portrait or landscape in words.
If you want the most cost-effective offer, it is best that the number of pages is dividable by 32 or 16 (interior pages, without the cover).
When calculating, consider that one sheet represents two pages (front and back).
Scope: 128 pages + 4 cover pages
If endpapers are not included in the book block, we require the following information:
Printing: Are both sides printed and do we use CMYK or Pantone colours?
Material: Stating the paper for endpaper sheets.
Example: 150-gram Silk paper, 4/4 CMYK (here we state that endpapers are printed on both sides using CMYK colours).
– Stating the cover print: Do we use CMYK or Pantone colours? Customers also decide on different laminatins (Matt, Gloss, Soft-touch, etc.).
Here we can state any additional requirements, such as partial UV varnish, foil print, etc.
– Choosing the material: which paper to use for the cover.
Printing coatings: 4/0 + 1/0 matt laminating
Coating material: 150-g Gloss coating paper
Regarding the book block, we require:
– Stating the print of the book block: Do we do both-sided print (1/1) or colour CMYK print (4/4). We can also use a combination of CMYK and Pantone colours.
– Choosing the material for the book block: There is an extremely wide array of paper on the market. There are classic papers for the inside, such as Silk, Gloss, uncoated offset paper and other more exotic papers. To prepare an offer, we mainly require the type of paper and its weight (in grams).
Interior print: 4/4 CMYK
Interior material: 150-g Silk paper
State whether you want a capital ribbon (+ colour), if we add a bookmark ribbon (+ width and colour) and other potential details/additions.
Packaging is also available in different options: directly in boxes, PVC vacuum-packaging and similar.
Printed matter may be picked up (Ex works), but we also organize transportation, if needed.