A hardcover book is the most classic choice.
The covers can be printed on paper and covered with laminate. Coated and uncoated paper, special papers, vinyl materials can be used as cover material. Laminates can be selected from glossy, matt, scratch-resistant, velvety and embossed. Textile, imitation leather, PVC can also be used as cover material. A book with a combined cover of two different materials is called a French binding.
Books can be with a round or a straight back. In addition, you can use cover paper and tie a sequin to the book.
The most commonly used post-processing types are: foil printing, UV spot varnish, UV non-varnish, water-based varnishing, lamination, embossing, screen printing, stamping, stickers, printed or unprinted covers, design paper covers, wrapping in thermal or magazine film.
Binding: Hardcover books use mostly sewn-on binders that have proven their durability over the years. Cheaper staples and comb bindings are more suitable for brochures.
Some special bindings are available only at the Tallinn Book Printers:
- Otabind – a completely unique way of binding, in which case the lid is not attached to the back. The result is a book that opens much more easily.
- Swiss booklet – the book block is attached only to the back cover, leaving the back of the fabric effectively visible in the open position.
Hardcover books are produced in 5 book printing houses in Estonia:
Greif– Certified in: ISO 9001, FSC Supply Chain Certificate
Pakett – produces books in both paperback and hardcover binding, as well as works that require more complex post-processing.
Print Best –Certified in: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, PEFC and FSC Supply Chain Certificate, Nordic Swan Label, 100% green energy
Printon– Certified in: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, FSC Supply Chain Certificate, Rainforest Alliance
Tallinn Book Printers–Certified in: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, FSC Supply Chain Certificate
The advantages of a paperback book are a significantly lower price and a faster completion time than a hardcover book. Sometimes the light weight of the book is also important.
Paperback books are usually bound with glue binding, the possibility of using hot glue or PUR glue. The glue binding is suitable for affordable paperback, periodicals and advertising printing.
In addition, the soft cover allows the book to be made into inverted varnishes, which add strength and provide additional space for printing information. The printed cover can be covered with a different laminate, similar to a hardcover book: glossy, matte, scratch-resistant matte, velvety, embossed.
The most commonly used post-processing types are: foil printing, UV spot varnish, UV non-varnish, water-based varnishing, lamination, embossing, screen printing, stamping, sticker, wrapping paper, rounding of corners, wrapping in thermal or magazine film
Paperback books are produced in Estonia in 5 book printing houses:
Tallinn Book Printers, Greif, Pakett, Print Best and Printon and digital printing houses: Grano, Librix Print, Koopia Niini ja Rauam.
In addition, paperback publications can also be ordered from the periodical printing house Printall and commercial printing houses: Paar, K-Print, Vali Press
Books in offset or digital printing
The easiest way to decide whether to print a book using digital or offset printing technology is to choose based on the desired print volume.
Digital printing is best suited for flexible printing and uses Print on Demand (POD) printing technology. The POD, as the name suggests, is an on-demand print that allows you to print even one copy of a book. When printing smaller editions in digital printing, a higher unit price must be taken into account, but given the investment required to print a bigger volume, this is often an affordable way for many authors to publish a book. In addition, the production deadlines for digital printing are also shorter than for offset printing.
The following specializes in digitally produced books in Estonia:
Grano, Librix Print, Koopia Niini ja Rauam.
In addition, books made in digital printing can also be ordered from the book printing house Printon and commercial printers: Paar and K-Print.
Offset printing is best suited for editions starting from 300 copies. In the case of larger volumes, the biggest gain in offset technology is the price of a book copy.
Offset printing books are produced in Estonia by 5 book printing houses:
Tallinn Book Printers, Greif, Pakett, Print Best and Printon