Book printing is the beautiful, satisfying process that turns ideas from the head of the writer, brush of an illustrator or image from a photographer’s lens (transferred into a digital forms), into a physical publication that can be cherished by multiple senses for generations to come. Memories are made by reading together, discussing a novel plot with a friend over a cuppa or by recalling that impactful art exhibition by flicking through the crisp pages of a book you bought in the visitor’s shop.
The basic division of books is by their case – paperback and hardback. A hardback (hardcover) is more durable, but at the same time its production is more demanding and costly. Hardcover is defined by a book block (joined by sewing or gluing) that hangs in the case. The book block is secured in place by endpapers glued to the inside of the case.
Paperback (softcover) is less durable. The book block is glued to a paperboard or a thick stock by Hotmelt or PUR glue. Its biggest attraction is a lower price.