Book Options

Bindings

  • Case Bound refers to a machine-produced, hard-cover book binding. Case binding is usually available on short-run offset printed books.
  • Hand Bound (hand binding) is an option for certain titles with unique characteristics. These books are special and we put a lot of work into them. Hand binding utilizes multiple cross-cut thread & cloth layers in the spine, and multiple layers of PVA adhesive. Our process creates a high-quality premium binding designed to retain pages for a lifetime of use. Hand-binding can apply to both hard and soft-cover books.
  • Perfect Bound (perfect binding) is a standard machine produced soft-cover binding, usually done with a thermal glue. In contrast, hand-binding is always done with more flexible PVA glue.
  • Stapled Binding uses machine inserted, non-corrosive staples directly through the fold or spine of smaller items. This is the only available option for binding items with lower page counts as the spine is not thick enough for other bindings.
  • Saddle-Stitched Binding (or “Singer Stitched”) is an attractive machine-sewn binding available on items with a low to moderate page count.
  • Unbound items are not bound. These items are usually provided as “loose-leaf” or “leaflets” and offer various punch options for mechanical binding in a ring binder. Unbound items typically include a standard cover which is cut, and punched according to the options of the order.

Sizes

Trim sizes can vary up to 1/4″ or more between printers, so think of our published sizes as nominal. The actual delivered product may tend to be slightly smaller, though usually no more than 1/16″ or 1/32″.

  • Pocket 4.25″ x 6.87″
  • Digest: The size of a standard bible, normally 5.5 by 8.5 inches, (14 cm × 21 cm) depending on exact trim. As a paper size it is variously known as “Half-sheet”, “Statement”, “Invoice”, “Organizer L”, “Mini”, “Bi-fold,” or “Junior”.

    Digest sized items are exactly one half of a US Letter sheet of paper and will fit into binders labeled “Junior”. It is 5mm narrower than than A5 paper, but will fit into a A5 (Filofax) organizer with the appropriate Filofax 6-hole punch option.

  • Workbook: US Letter sized – 8.5 x 11 inches (215.9mm x 279.4mm). US Letter is similar to A4, although a few millimeters shorter and more narrow. Workbook sized items will fit into A4 binders.
  • Tract: 3.5″ x 5.5″ (88.9 x 139.7 mm).
  • US Trade: 6″ x 9″

Punching & Drilling

Some books can be punched so they can be bound in a ring binder. Check the book options when ordering. If punching is desired, please be sure to select the correct punch size for your binder.

  • Filfofax: A5 6 Hole is the international standard metric 6 hole punch for A5 paper which fits in a Filofax or similar binder.
  • Standard: The standard 3 Hole Punch for US Letter sized paper, our “Workbook” size.
  • Mini punch: The standard 3 hold punch for “Digest,” or “Junior” ring binders, which take Half-Sheet (US Letter) 5.5 x 8.5 sheets of paper.
  • Unpunched: Unpunched items are not punched. Larger offset-printed books which are mechanically bound are not normally punched, but may, in certain special order instances, be drilled. The product options on the book’s detail page will offer these as ‘punched’ in the appropriated punch size if the option is available for the specific title.

Finishing

Corner Trimming: Normally, we don’t cut corners, except when we are actually cutting corners. Haha. Our smaller Print On Demand books often include corner trimming. It’s a nice touch which looks great! But we make no guarantees on corner trimming every order. It depends on the workload at the time the order is being filled. If your really want rounded corners, please write words to that effect in the order notes, and we’ll hold the order until we have time to do the corners.

Ribbon bound loose-leafs: In the old days, small works were often bound with a shoestring. That’s pretty neat, but have you seen the price of shoestrings lately? We can do something similar on loose-leafs by looping ribbon through the binder holes. People are occasionally confused by ribbon bindings thinking there was no way to turn the pages! You just have loosen it up a little, then the pages will turn. Ribbon binding also provides a nice built-in bookmark. But owing to the confusion, we will now only ribbon-bind on request. Please leave a comment in your order notes if you want your loose-leafs ribbon-bound.

Other Words With Special Meaning

  • Print On Demand: These are items we produce in-house. We have quite a bit of flexibility with these titles since they are not dependent on large production runs or specific machinery to create.
  • Short-Run: Or sometimes “offset” jobs. This means title out-sourced to a third-party printer. If you see the words “Short Run” or “offset” used on the website, it means:
     
    • The title was printed by a 3rd party.
    • The title required a minimum quantity run. These are usually titles in our preorder program.
    • Normal Print On Demand Book Options (such as unbound, loose-leafs and punch options) are likely not available.

Large Quantities And Other Special Orders

Our pricing for Print On Demand titles is not currently discounted by quantity on the website, but if you need hundreds or thousands of pieces, contact us for a quote. We have options available for high-volume printing. The main factor determining price is quantity, so we’ll need to know your titles, quantities, and delivery window.

How We Define Books, Booklets, Titles, Tracts, and Pamphlets.

Short answer: They are all “titles” with a form factor of “Book”.

If someone hands you printed matter, you likely know what to call it. But there are many terms and definitions specific various contexts and publishers.

By most definitions a tract or pamphlet is indistinguishable, except for its use or the method of delivery. If you a pamphlet with religious material strategically, it is naturally a tract, although technically speaking, a pamphlet is folded and not bound. It’s allegedly a leaflet, although depending on how it’s folded some might call it a brochure. Past that point, we’ve entered the mise en scène where handbills, handouts, leaflets, circulars, bulletins, advertisements, announcements, posters, and notices are mostly playing the same role. There’s little clarity in that direction.

So what is a tract? It’s defined as a “literary work,” derived from the Hebrew word for “chapter,” so we get the idea it’s something shorter than a book. But it’s modernly defined by what the work is used for, as well as by physical characteristics. This is similar to the word “manual”. Manual is a good descriptive word to use in a title, but it doesn’t mean anything about physical characteristics, so its not great word for product nomenclature. [Although we do something similar with our “Workbook” size, which is why we gave it a dimensional description.]

UNESCO, a body to which we pay no attention, has detailed specification for pamphlets, as do many agencies and printers, although none of them are likely to make a dent in popular opinion, which thinks these terms to be mostly interchangeable. A booklet usually brings a connotation of a standard size of paper folded over or having a floppy cover, which is too general to be useful, although most people would understand, its more of a native idea than a descriptive term.

These are subjects not usually given much thought, which is why printers are perpetually explaining them.

There are design elements, such as the inclusion of a table of contents and possibly a blank page prior to the start of a chapter (or the existence of chapters at all), that definitely signal “book”, although others might only grant the term “book” based on a page count, thickness of the cover material, or a certain binding-type.

We also publish offprints (newspaper & magazine articles), which appeared in multiple columns with headings only. What are they? Short ones could be reprinted in “booklet” form or as a “pamphlet,” and if used evangelically, they might be called a “tract.” Can you see these words becoming useless? A long article (or series), might constitute a proper “book”. But there is only an opinions difference between them. What if we just add a table of contents? Does that make it a book?

It’s a fact that most of these definitions are related more to formats than to the actual body of text comprising a “title”. That’s why they are most simply and properly called “titles.”

For all these reasons, and in consideration of our International customers who we’d like to avoid making decisions based on imprecise terms we generally ignore, we’ve decided to consider everything in a “book-like” form a “book”, and clearly spell out attributes related to the cover, page count, and binding type in a way that leaves no mistake what we’re describing.

Please don’t feel misled if you receive a “book” that you’d describe as a Pamphlet, Booklet or Tract. Read the product descriptions very carefully. The details are clearly itemized in the attributes for each title. Every item is a title, and it comes in either a book form, or some other form. If it’s book-like, we call that form-factor a “book”.

We realize there are those who would like to debate this perspective, but these are the definitions used in products and orders on the website