Second in place is our 50-lb. Boise offset white at 520 PPI, which is the most common choice for bound galleys. It’s an economical choice; our 50-lb. cream trade book high bulk antique is the same rate, so also keep that in mind as an option.
What’s the most popular book paper for color interiors?
Our color book interiors split into two camps: coated paper versus uncoated paper.
For coated stock, the most common choice is our 80-lb. matte- or gloss-coated white at 510 PPI. It’s a good weight with good opacity. The smooth surface of the stock is a plus for reproducing artwork with a lot of detail. We also offer matte- and gloss-coated white stock at 70- and 100-lb. as well.
For uncoated stock, the most common choice is our 80-lb. white opaque smooth at 382 PPI. It’s also a good weight with good opacity and is smooth (though not as smooth as coated stock) for good print coverage. Uncoated stock is a great look for color printing, and it’s gaining popularity. Uncoated stock also offers a nice contrast to our color printing’s characteristics. We use Xerox 800/1000s, and with heavy coverage the result is rich tones, which stand out on an uncoated paper.
We do have clients who print color interiors on our cream or natural uncoated stocks too. Depending on your content, it may be the right choice for you.
What’s the most popular book paper for the cover?
Hands down, it’s our 10-pt. C1S (coated one side) cover stock, with a gloss or matte lay-flat film lamination. Another option is the 12-pt. C1S, but really, 90% of the books we produce use the 10-pt.
Still wondering what book paper to choose?
Get a quote! Budget is always a factor when choosing a book paper—the heavier the weight, the higher the cost.
Ask me for a paper stock sampler! Just let us know your address. And lastly, we’re always happy to send a 10-page test print to you as well, so you can see the paper firsthand before proofs.