Now that couples are asking for press printed books and being tempted by low cost books online, here are some of the choices you have to distinguish your offerings and make sure your photography is professionally presented and preserved.
To get the color you desire, request and use the printer’s color profile. And be sure to embed your color profile in all images. You will need color correction the same as you did for your prints. When you make your first press printed book, ask for sample pages of your photos so you can see how your photos look. Both you and the printer can then make adjustments if necessary.
Paper is sold in the US using a crazy system of lb weights. The “lb” part refers to the weight of 500 standard size sheets - but the standard sheets vary in size depending on their assumed end use – usually Text or Cover.
Standard text paper is 25”x38” - so the weight of 500 sheets this size is the “lb” weight
Cover paper is smaller 20”x26” -which explains why 60 lb text is flimsier than 60 lb cover.
It helps to know your paper facts!
Ideally a wedding book opens flat and is strong enough to withstand many years of page turning. The pages of a book can be either sewn, or glued. Glued bindings are less expensive but sewn bindings will last longer
Glued (or perfect) bindings cased with cardboard covers are common and, while they look beautiful, they won’t open flat and can come apart. Sometimes a glued book will have a single line of stitching down the side and be referred to as a sewn binding.
A real sewn binding will be more expensive. If you look at a well-bound book from the top, you will see that it consists of several sections of folded pages called "signatures." Smyth or section sewn book bindings are the highest quality book binding available. These are the only books that will open flat and never come apart.
Be sure to ask lots of questions about how your book is bound and how long it will last.
Article submitted by
Margaret Telfer, Publisher