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The Different Types of Paper Stock

One of the most important parts of printing a book is what type of paper stock to use.

One of the most important parts of printing a book is what type of paper stock to use. The high-quality paper stock will make a good impression on readers, customers, and clients alike. So no matter what type of book project you need to have printed, take a minute to consider the type of paper you will want to use.

Uncoated Paper

Whenever you print documents at home using your printer, you are using uncoated paper. This paper is made to feel rough, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Rough paper can hold onto ink better. However, if you need to print many high-quality images in stunning color, the uncoated paper may not be the best choice. That’s because the same properties that allow the ink to last also dampen the colors of images.

Uncoated paper is commonly used in agenda books or planners – two types of inexpensive books that often need to be scribbled on to remember dates and times of important reminders and appointments. Stationery is also often printed on uncoated papers because items such as envelopes and greeting cards need to be written on as well. And lastly, you’ll find the uncoated paper used in many novels or fiction collections, since these books are bound using the perfect binding technique.

Coated Paper

Another option is to use coated paper for your next book project. The coating comes from a clay film that keeps the ink from seeping into the paper. Typically, you will find coated paper used in projects such as comic books and graphic novels, professional portfolios, and presentation items. When it comes to designing and printing these items, making a good first impression is essential, which is why you must also think about the thickness and lamination.

Thickness and Lamination

How thick the paper is also matters. Different printers will use different measurements. If you don’t want ink and photo images to show through from one side of the page to the other, then you need to prevent bleed through. Laminating the pages of the book project can help make it more presentable and also protect the paper itself from moisture damage or other hazards it could encounter.


Advantage Book Binding Can Help You Create the Printed Book You’ve Always Wanted!

Are you interested in having a bound novel? Are you entering the workforce, and need a bound portfolio to showcase your work? Advantage Book Binding offers plenty of services and binding types that are perfect for suiting your needs. We also offer specialty binding options for those of you looking for something extra special.

Advantage Book Binding can advise you as to what kind of binding style will work best for your specific project, taking into consideration budget requirements to provide you with the most cost-effective and project-specific solution for you. Please contact us today for more information, and keep up with us on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Also, don’t hesitate to visit us at our Baltimore headquarters.