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.