Frequently Asked Questions

 
General

Who are some of your customers?
What title have you produced that I might recognize?
What file types do you accept?
Do you have a distribution facility?
What is the turn-around for first time printings?
Define the terms used to describe a book's type:

Trade

What are your available book sizes?
What is your range for basis weight?
What type of component stock is most common?
What is your binding format?
What are your increments for page counts?
What is your minimum print run?
What is the standard pack for cartons?
How high do you stack your skids?
What style of binding do you offer?


Mass Market/Digest

What is your minimum/maximum spine?
What are your increments for page counts?
What caliper of paper is most common?
What is your range for basis weight?
What type of text stock is most common for mass market/digest books?
What type of papercover stock is most common?
What is your binding format?
How do you figure out the spine width of a book?
What is your minimum print run?
What is the standard pack for cartons?
How high do you stack your skids?
What style of binding do you offer?
What is your largest sheet size for cover printing?
How many covers out on a sheet?



General [Top]

Who are some of your customers? [Top]

Our customer base includes Random House, Barnes & Noble, Harlequin, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins, Holtzbrink, Scholastic, and many others.

What title have you produced that I might recognize? [Top]

We've produced many best-selling books for our customers. Among these are the Harry Potter series of books, all of John Grisham's works, all of Danielle Steel's works, and Tuesdays with Morrie.

What file types do you accept? [Top]

Text files

  • Adobe PDF (fonts embedded, no compression)
  • PostScript
  • Microsoft Word

Cover files

  • Quark (Mechanicals with TIFF and/or EPS Graphics)
  • Adobe PageMaker (Mechanicals with TIFF and/or EPS Graphics)

Do you have a distribution facility? [Top]

We have the ability to ship orders directly to the Publisher's customers from either the bindery or distribution center. BVG/OPM provides for the storage of both book and non-book inventory.

What is the turn-around for first time printings? [Top]

25 Working Days

Define the terms used to describe a book's type: [Top]

Hardcover/Casebound: A bound book that has a covering (case) which is made of boards, cloth and/or paper, and usually has foil stamping on it.

Softcover/Paperback: A bound book that has a cover that is made from printed paper, usually with some type of coating or lamination.

Mass Market: A book designed to be sold in large quantities, also known as "rack" size, or more generally known as paperbacks. These are smaller, softcover versions of Trade books.

Digest: Cold web, cross grain paperback up to 5 3/16" x 8 1/4"

Trade: A book or novel that's intended for the general market. Normally either 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", 6" x 9", or 6 1/8" x 9 1/4".



Trade [Top]

What are your available book sizes? [Top]

  • Softcover
    Minimum: 5" x 6", 3/8" bulk
    Maximum: 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 2" bulk, 1,056 pages (33 pockets)
  • Hardcover
    Minimum: 4 1/2" x 6", 3/8" bulk
    Maximum: 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 2" bulk, 768 pages (24 pockets)

Most common are 5 1/2" X 8 1/4", 6" x 9" and 6 1/8" x 9 1/4"
Please contact your plant representative for a layout before finalizing your jacket and/or cover design.

What is your range for basis weight? [Top]

Minimum: 40# uncoated stock
Maximum: 60# uncoated stock

What type of component stock is most common? [Top]

Paperback covers: 10Pt. CIS
Dustjackets: 80# C1S

What is your binding format? [Top]

2-UP Head to Head, with Come & Go imposition

What are your increments for page counts? [Top]

Trade titles start with 96 pages and add increments of 16 pages.

What is your minimum print run? [Top]

5,000 books

What is the standard pack for cartons? [Top]

The pack specification usually depends on the bulk of the book, but our standard packs are 24 for Softcover and 12 for Hardcover. We normally do not exceed 40 lbs. per carton.

How high do you stack your skids? [Top]

Maximum skid height not to exceed 56"
Maximum skid weight not to exceed 2,500 pounds
Maximum skid size, width 42", and length 48"

What style of binding do you offer? [Top]

Perfect Binding
Burst



Mass Market/Digest [Top]

What is your minimum/maximum spine? [Top]

Minimum: 1/8" - no type on spine
Maximum: 2"

  • Softcover
    Minimum: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", 1/8" bulk
    Maximum: 5 3/16 x 8 1/4, 2" bulk, 1,056 pages (33 pockets)
    Most common are 4 3/16" x 6 3/4" and 5 3/16" x 8"

What are your increments for page counts? [Top]

Increments of 16 pages: 48, 64, 80, 96, etc.

What caliper of paper is most common? [Top]

Calipers: .003 to .005 are standard with a low of .0026 to a high of .006

What is your range for basis weight? [Top]

Minimum: 27#
Maximum: 60#

What type of text stock is most common for mass market/digest books? [Top]

Mass Market: 33# Newsprint
Digest: 35# Newsprint or #50 Uncoated Offset

What type of papercover stock is most common? [Top]

10Pt. CIS

What is your binding format? [Top]

2-UP; as foot to foot, head to foot, or head to head.

How do you figure out the spine width of a book? [Top]

(Number of pages divided by two) x caliper

What is your minimum print run? [Top]

5,000 copies

What is the standard pack for cartons? [Top]

Over forty carton sizes are kept in stock at all times to handle virtually any packing requirements. Packs of 48 copies per carton are most common. The pack specification usually depends on the spine size of the book.

How high do you stack your skids? [Top]

Maximum skid height not to exceed 72"
Maximum skid weight not to exceed 3,000 pounds
Maximum skid size, width 42", and length 56"

What style of binding do you offer? [Top]

Perfect Binding

What is your largest sheet size for cover printing? [Top]

Small Press
Max: 20-1/2" x 29-1/2"
Min: 9" x 12"

Large Press
Max: 28" x 40"
Min: 16" x 21"

How many covers out on a sheet? [Top]

8-Out most common

 
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