Paperback books are the most commonly ordered type of book.
Sometimes known as softback, soft-bound or perfect-bound, these books are the perfect option for novels, children’s books and biographies.
There are many advantages to choosing paperback books:
CLOC produce more than 2,000,000 paperback books each year – we can’t get enough of them!
Paperback books are easy to print in any of the standard sizes such as A6, A5, A4, Royal, B-sizes or any custom size you can think of!
What size is very much up to you, although novels and biographies are generally in A5 to ease portability and manuals and exercise books are often produced in A4 size.
Use our instant quote calculator to find out how much your paperback books will cost – it works for all standard sizes and if you have a custom sized item, simply submit an RFQ via the site, via email email@example.com or by phone 020 8801 6983 and we’ll get straight back to you.
Deciding whether to choose colour or mono printing is a personal choice.
The general rule is that if your text is almost entirely black and white, selecting mono shouldn’t affect the overall performance of your paperback book and will save you money – use our instant calculator to check! That being said, sometimes saving money is less important than achieving the look you desire, after all colour images and text look a lot better in colour than they do in mono.
With most printers, there is a monumental difference between mono and colour paperbacks, but CLOC aren’t most printers.
We’re the UK’s cheapest for a whole host of print specifications and it is therefore always worth checking the instant quote calculator – you may be surprised to find that fully colour printed paperback books are within your budget.
Now for the boring bit – even the mighty paperback has its limitations.
The binding method, known as perfect binding, uses glue to bond the pages and cover together. Whilst this gluing process is fantastic and durable, it does have its limitations.
If your paperback book has too few sheets, there won’t be sufficient surface area for the glue to bind to. The minimum on our binding machinery is 15 leaves, that’s 30 printed sides if you’re printing double-sided and is also just about the lowest sheet count you’ll find anywhere in the UK for paperback books.
If you have fewer sheets, don’t worry, we offer both booklets or coil-bound books which are ideal alternatives as they are suitable binding options for very low page counts.
It is essential that you setup your artwork correctly to achieve the best paperback book results.
Text - If you’re ‘text’ pages (that’s everything other than the cover) do not need to be printed to the edge of the sheet, as you would expect for a novel, we recommend that you leave a margin of at least 20mm all the way around the edge. If your ‘text’ section does require printing to the edge of the sheet as you would expect for a book with lots of background images, we recommend that you add at least 3mm of bleed to each edge. What’s bleed? Well… just like your desktop printer at home, our fancy production printers don’t like to print all the way to the edge of the sheet.
To ensure that the print runs all the way to the edge, please supply artwork that is 3mm larger all the way around than your finished document size. If you want A4 (297mm x 210mm) paperback books, each text page will need to be 306 x 216 mm instead. We will then print this onto larger than A4 paper and trim it back to A4 size with our huge guillotines. You’ll lose whatever is printed in the additional 3mm bleed section but the finished item will be A4 in size and have colour all the way to the edge of the sheet. If you are unsure with regards to setting up your artwork for bleed, just speak to the team – we’re on hand to help!
Cover – Paperback covers provide an exciting opportunity when it comes to design. As a paperback book has a wraparound cover, i.e. the back cover, front cover and spine are all printed on the same sheet, clever designers can use wrap around designs to elevate the books aesthetical appeal.
This means that the spine can also be printed on – especially useful when your paperback book is likely to find itself on a bookshelf.
When setting up your artwork for spine printing, you will need to know how thick the spine will be – ask one of our team on 020 8801 6983 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.