Monthly Archives: May 2013

Case Binding / Hard Cover Binding

Case Binding / Hard cover Binding

The most common hard cover book is case binding. Case binding pages of the books are arranged in signatures, sewn together and hardcover (cloth, vinyl or leather cases) are glued together.  We at PRC Book Printing will guide you on the different paper quality; end sheets, meshes, and binding boards that will be the right fit for your unique book project. Currently we are producing a 454 interior page case bound book with linen cloth; let us direct you to using what will make your book a solid and enduring book.  Please check out our web page to view samples of hard cover books we have manufactured:

There are many processes involved in the binding of a book in the traditional hardcover or case bound styles, here are the basic stages:  folding, collating and gathering, sewing; end papering, trimming; rounding and backing; back lining, making cases; casing-in; pressing and jointing; dust jacketing. The book blocks may be perfect (burst) bound or sewn (section sewn or thread sewn).

Unsewn Casebooks will be perfect/burst bound using roundable hotmelt glues and with a lining applied to the spine.  The trimmed book block is then cased-in with endpaper into a hard case.

Sewn Casebooks will be section sewn or thread sewn (smyth sewn), glued with a lining applied to the spine. The trimmed book block is the cased-in with endpapers into the hard case. This binding method assures longevity of a book.

Case binding/ Hard cover binding is a great source for art books, children books, photography books, museum art books, cook books, educational text books…

Questions regarding the creation of a hard cover/case bound book:

  • What type of paper for the interior: glossy, matte?
  • What size board: 2 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm?
  • Wrapping of the board: paper, vinyl cloth, linen, real leather or leatherette?
  • Advise the book to be round or square back?
  • What type of coating for your cover: gloss, matte lamination, flood varnish?
  • Other added features to incorporate onto the cover: spot UV, embossing, debossing, foil stamping?
  • Head and tail bands if applied, check the availability of colors.
  • Signature sewn or unsewn?
  • Dust jacket – yeah or neah?
  • End sheets printed or not printed? Note there are a total of 8 pages on the end sheets, 6 pages can be printed if desired.

PRC Book Printing will help you answer the many questions which arise during the formation of your hard cover/case bound book.   Please call us at Toll FREE at:  888.659.8320 or email us at or you can visit us at

Signature and Page Count Savings

Signature and Page Count Savings

RC Book Printing is an overseas printing company. Our client range from Publishers, Independent authors, brokers, and Businesses printing Hard cover books, Soft cover books, perfect bound books, Children’s books, Board Books, Cook books, Coffee table books, Photo books and much more. They come to us for our great quality, but most important to save money.

As they explain their project, we help them or recommend ways to save money on printing. One way is to customize their book size by the most efficient signature size for their project. By changing the size of the book; sometimes a half inch could save them hundreds to thousands of dollars. Changing the signatures size, you are utilizing paper more efficiently, less signatures are produced and less labor needed. Below we explain how signatures work and page count should be considered.

What is a page? Let’s take a sheet of standard copy paper used in everyday printers at home and or work.   On the Front side (page 1) you begin to read “PRC Book Printing”. Then you turn the page over to the back side (page 2) to read “Overseas Printing”. Both front and back pages are part of a single sheet or part of a “signature”.

Sheet of Page -- Front Side Page 1 & Back Side of Page 2

A signature is made up of pages which are positioned so they can be printed, folded, and bound into a finished book.  Commonly used signatures can be made up of 8, 12, 16, 24, 32 and 64 pages. This means the press sheet has 8, 12, 16, 24, 32, and / or 64 pages will be printed on it.

One of the most common book/signature size is 8.5” x 11”, which is made up of a 16 page signature. As you can see in the diagram, 8 pages on the top side and 8 pages on the back side make up this signature and fit paper sizes 23 x 35” and 25 x 38”.

Using a full press sheet, ½ or ¼ of the sheet saves money by reducing the number of steps required to complete the job. A page size being 5.5” x 8.5” or 6×9”, this size would run as a 32 page signature, 16 pages on the front of the sheet and 16 pages on the back, which is an efficient and economical savings.

Here is a guide for economical page counts:

Page Size

Economical Page Counts

8.5 X 11

16, 20, 24, 32, 36, 48, 52, 56, 64, 68, 72, 80, 84, 88, 96

5.5 X 8.5

8, 16, 32, 36, 40, 48, 64, 68, 72, 80, 96

6 X 9

8, 16, 32, 36, 40, 48, 64, 68, 72, 80, 96


This information is prevalent for pretty much all books that are hard cover and soft cover.

If you need help with creating an economical book or if you have any questions or comments about what was mentioned above, please contact PRC Book Printing through our or Call us at toll Free: 888.659.8320.


Printing in China versus printing in the United States

Positives and Negatives

printing in China versus printing in the United States

Topic on a LinkedIn discussion, an author requested positive and negatives of printing in China versus printing in the United States.  This is a good question which brings us to why PRC Book Printing would make your overseas printing experience stress Free and pleasurable.

A positive with printing in China or overseas main advantage is low cost and abundant labor.  If your job requires a lot of hand-works; this is where you will see extreme cost savings over United States.

A negative with going directly overseas, is the communication barrier, which tends to be frustrating and costly to the customer.  PRC Book Printing representatives handles all communication with our overseas vendor from your first telephone call or email until the delivery of your project. We have established a set of procedures with our vendors which adhere to, in order to keep our agreement going. This how we bring US ideals at the low cost of China/Overseas manufactures to the US consumers.

Another positive with overseas printing; when producing a hardcover, soft cover, art book, children’s book, coffee table book… and requires unique customization you will see radical cost savings.  For a few reasons; again because of the abundant labor and all equipment under one roof; from binding machines, cutting machines, lamination machine, many different sheet-fed presses and web presses, and much more. In the United States it is way to costly to have all the necessary equipment under one roof so they have to farm it out, which adds to the cost to produce products in the US.

Another negative when printing 50-500 books, your best bet is to visit a local printer and produce your book with a digital printer, which is economical at that quantity.  To produce this small of a quantity the shipping from overseas/China will be astronomical in price due to shipping costs.

Shipping could be a positive or negative. If you have the time and you want to save money then overseas is ideal for you. If your project is time sensitive and time is critical then you have to endure the domestically high prices. Shipping usually represents the longest piece of the process producing overseas. Ocean freight is by far the most economical way; it normally takes anywhere from two to four weeks to travel from Asia to the US, including customs; delivery to other countries may vary slightly depending on the locations/distance and regulations.


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