Book Manufacturing FAQs

If you have questions about our book printing or book binding services, start here! If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, contact us.

What are Bookmasters’ most cost-effective trim sizes and metric equivalent?

Bookmasters’ standard trim size measurements and metric equivalents:

  • 4¾ x 7 = 121mm x 178mm
  • 5½ x 8½ = 140mm x 216mm
  • 6 x 9 = 152mm x 229mm
  • 7 x 10 = 178mm x 254mm
  • 8½ x 11 = 216mm x 279mm
  • 9 x 12 = 229mm x 305mm

What kind of quantities do you handle?

Bookmasters typically prints quantities from 1 to 50,000.

What is your average turnaround time for a paperback book?

Standard turnaround time for offset-printed, perfect-bound, black-text jobs is 10 to 15 business days from return of proofs, assuming minimal corrections are needed.

Do you print four-color?

Yes. We can print from one- to five-color process covers, dust jackets, and text.

What type of book binding options do you offer?

We offer the following:

  • Perfect bind
  • Saddle-stitch
  • PUR
  • Lay-flat
  • Plastic coil
  • Double wire-o
  • Plastic comb
  • Adhesive case
  • Smyth sewn case
  • Stamped cloth and jacketed case
  • Printed casewrap
  • Lay-Flat Binding

What are your “house” paper stocks?

White and natural sheets as well as matte and enamel-coated stocks in various weights.

At what quantities is it more cost effective to produce my titles by offset printing instead of digital printing?

Depending on page count, typically 1,000 or more copies would be best produced via offset printing. However, our sales account executives can walk you through the details so you don't have to worry about guessing or trying to decide on your own.

Can Bookmasters produce case bound editions in-house? If so, can they be smyth sewn?

Yes. We can produce adhesive case (most typical), PUR adhesive case, and smyth sewn in-house.