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May 2014

Paper Stocks - Which One is the Right One for My Book?

Here at Book1One, we carry many different paper stocks which can be used for the "guts" of your book. The importance of choosing the right paper for your category of book cannot be overlooked and for first time authors or self-publishers, this can be a difficult decision, especially when paper stocks directly affect the feel of the book and how text and/or pictures appear on the printed page.

So first, what differentiates one paper stock from another?

  • Weight - This is determined by the weight of 500 sheets, or one reem, of text paper. Simply put, the heavier the sheets, the thicker the paper stock.
  • Finishes - Book1One offers both coated and uncoated paper. Uncoated is very similar to the paper you use to print any document from your home printer. It is not as smooth as coated paper but it can provide a very sophisticated look. Coated paper can either come in a glossy or matte finish. Glossy paper is quite shiny are really makes images look their best. Matte paper is everything glossy is without the shine. It has a slightly different feel but makes text extremely easy to read.

Which paper stock is the best option for my project?

  • 50# - The standard paper weight. Used most often in novels with no images, hard and soft cover.
  • 60# - Slightly heavier than 50#. Supports images better than the 50# option.
  • 80# (Glossy or Matte) - Great for catalogs and brochures where photos need top priotiry but pages can be turned with ease.
  • 100# (Glossy or Matte) - The way to go if your book has lots of photos or color images. This paper will really make your images pop off the page and hold up over time. Colors will stay vibrant for years. If you are printing a yearbook or a photo book this is the recomended paper stock option.


Examining ISBN Codes

As a self-publisher you've been told that your book should have and ISBN code. But what exactly is an ISBN code?

According to Bowker this code is "a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books and book-like products published internationally," and is used to "to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors."

Now your book has arrived and you glance at the back cover to examine the ISBN code. Then you catch yourself wondering what exactly do all these numbers mean? The graphic below can help explain what each set of numbers corresponds with so you can better understand exactly how your ISBN code works.


For more information on ISBN codes, visit the official website here.

The Winding Road of Self-Publishing

The person who said writing a book was easy had obviously never written a book. As simple as it may seem to take the ideas in your head and place them on paper, there are certainly distractions and roadblocks along the way to self-publishing your novel. Zachary Petit, a journalist and magazine editor, put together this hilarious yet surprisingly accurate infographic for Writer's Market on how to publish your book. May you embrace all the nuances of your self-publishing journey!


Digital vs. Offset Printing

When self-publishing your book, it is important to have knowledge of every step of the process. This includes understanding how your book will be printed - either digitally or offset. Our friends at Printchomp created an informative short video to help explain both digital and offset printing to help you make an informed decision as to which direction to take.