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Know More About Books
When holding a book at your hands, have you ever thought how is a book made from the paper and digital words to a paper book?

Here are some knowledge that you could know more about it.

Raw Material
Books are made from many different paper stock that differ in weight and size, like coated paper (also called art paper), uncoated paper and special paper. What’s more, for bulk book production, CMYK 4 color ink is used and offset printing is widely used. Also, the front and back book covers are normally made from a heavier stock of paper (means thicker paper), they will vary in terms of weight. For example, hardcover books have a durable cardboard stock (like 2mm thickness) cover while softcover books (paperback books) are made from a thinner paper stock (like 0.6mm thickness).

Design
The process of book design is happening before the book printing production. Firstly the author, book designer and book agent will exchange their basic views on the design of this book based on the scope and purpose of the book, the required approach method to the subject matters, whether pictures and photos should be used, and some other issues like chapter placement.

The Book Printing and Binding Process
After the book design has been finished, book production could start from here.
Here are the brief processes of the Book Printingbook printing. You could read more about custom book printing from here.
1.File checking. The printing company will check your printing file based on the printing requirements.
2.Digital sample proof. For more printings, a paper proof will help author and designer to have a better understanding for how’s the book come out in real paper. It will also make the final checking before bulk order easier.
3.Bulk production. After the digital sample has been approved, the bulk printing process begins. Offset printing has been widely used in this process.
4.Bulk production sample. After the bulk production has been finished, the printing company will offer a sample from production to the buyer’s checking. Once the sample is approved, the books could be delivered to the hands of buyers.
5.Shipping. If the books are printed in overseas factory, shipping by sea is what used most. It is because the books are heavy, shipping cost will be very high if shipped by air or express like DHL. Sea shipping will be slower compared with air shipping, but the cost is also much lower.
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