Monthly Archives: June 2013

US vs China Paper Weights

US vs China Paper Weights

When it comes to choosing the right stock weight for your hard cover book or soft cover book there are many options printing overseas.

There are 3 main categories in choosing the right paper weight. First you have to decide if it’s going to be Glossy, Matte or Uncoated stock. After that it goes to what weight or thicknesses of paper do you want. Every project is different and it depends on what type of book you are printing. Are there a lot of 4 color images or only 1 color (black) texts?  How thick do you need or want your paper stock to be? Heavy weight, so the photos or images don’t come through to the other side of the paper? Or do you need or want a thinner stock to save money and book weight? Either way, all paper stock has some kind of transparency to it. For the most part choosing the right weight for your book is up to you, however it depends on your book because there are limits. (This is where PRC Book Printing comes in to help you decide what stock will work best for your project.)

Since United States is the only country in the world that uses pounds for “some reason”, we have to convert or establish the equivalence in gsm (grams per square meter).

 

Below is the estimated equivalence in offset printing from US’s Pounds to China’s gsm

 

                          Text Stock — Glossy C2S

US Pounds     VS    China equivalent gsm     VS        Points

43 lbs.               =              64 gsm                         =         2.25 pts

54 lbs.               =              80 gsm                         =         2.75 pts

71 lbs.               =            105 gsm                         =         3.50 pts

86 lbs.               =            128 gsm                         =         3.75 pts

106  lbs.            =            157 gsm                         =         5 pts

 

                         Cover Stock Glossy C2S

US Pounds     VS    China equivalent gsm      VS      Points

80 lbs.               =              200 gsm                        =        7 pts

90 lbs.               =              230 gsm                        =        8 pts

100 lbs.             =              250 gsm                        =        9 pts

203 lbs.             =              300 gsm                        =        10 – 12 pts

236 lbs.             =              350 gsm                        =        11.50 pts

270 lbs.             =              400 gsm                        =        15.50 pts

 

                          Cover Stock Glossy C1S

US Pounds     VS    China equivalent gsm      VS          Points

142 lbs.             =              210 gsm                       =            11 pts

155 lbs.             =              230 gsm                       =            12.75 pts

169 lbs.             =              250 gsm                       =            13.25 pts

203 lbs.             =              300 gsm                       =            16.50 pts

236 lbs.             =              350 gsm                       =            18 pts

270 lbs.             =              400 gsm                       =            21 pts

 

                         Text Stock – Matte Paper

US Pounds     VS    China equivalent gsm    VS            Points

54 lbs.               =                80 gsm                      =             2.75 pts

71 lbs.               =              105 gsm                      =             3.50 pts

86 lbs.               =              128 gsm                      =             3.75 – 4.50 pts

106  lbs.            =              157 gsm                      =             5 – 6 pts

 

                        Cover Stock Matte Paper

US Pounds     VS    China equivalent gsm      VS         Points

135 lbs.             =              200 gsm                       =           7.5 pts

155 lbs.             =              230 gsm                       =            9.5 pts

169 lbs.             =              250 gsm                       =           10-11 pts

203 lbs.             =              300 gsm                       =            12.5 pts

236 lbs.             =              350 gsm                       =            14 pts

 

Please note: All lbs., gsm and points are estimated and will vary depending on the paper manufactures / brands.

 

If you’re interested in more information about PRC Book Printing and / or this blog, please contact us at 888-659-8320, www.pearlriverchinaprinting.com or email info@prcbookprinting.com

2013 Chinese Holidays

2013 Chinese Holidays

Producing your hardcover book or softcover book in China, you should remember the vast holidays celebrated there!

China is known for taking many days off during the year. What may look like a lot of holidays for being a US citizen, but over in China it is the norm. Below you will find 2013 and the first two months of 2014 holidays China factories will be on holiday and not working. These holidays are very important to making sure your project is delivered on time. Keep in mind before any holiday production due to vacationers traveling for these holidays.  The transportation increases in China, so workers need to either leave early or later after the holiday when visiting friends or relatives; South or North in China.  So when the holiday is over, a lot of catch up work is needed!  If you have any questions on when you should have a project in or on holidays in China please contact PRC Book Printing at info@prcbookprinting.com

The holidays in Red are the holidays most factories across China take off and don’t work. 

Tuesday Jan 1 New Year’s Day National holiday
Wednesday Jan 2 New Year’s weekend National holiday
Thursday Jan 3 New Year’s weekend National holiday
Saturday Feb 9 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Sunday Feb 10 Chinese New Year National holiday
Monday Feb 11 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Tuesday Feb 12 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Wednesday Feb 13 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Thursday Feb 14 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Friday Feb 15 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Sunday Feb 24 Lantern Festival Observance
Friday Mar 8 International Women’s Day Observance
Tuesday Mar 12 Arbor Day Observance
Wednesday Mar 13 Zhonghe Festival Observance
Wednesday Mar 20 March equinox Season
Thursday Apr 4 Qing Ming Jie National holiday
Friday Apr 5 Qing Ming Jie holiday National holiday
Saturday Apr 6 Qing Ming Jie holiday National holiday
Monday Apr 29 Labour Day Holiday National holiday
Tuesday Apr 30 Labour Day Holiday National holiday
Wednesday May 1 Labor Day / May Day National holiday
Saturday May 4 Youth Day Observance
Saturday Jun 1 Children’s Day Observance
Monday Jun 10 Dragon Boat Festival holiday National holiday
Tuesday Jun 11 Dragon Boat Festival holiday National holiday
Wednesday Jun 12 Dragon Boat Festival National holiday
Friday Jun 21 June Solstice Season
Monday Jul 1 CPC Founding Day Observance
Thursday Jul 11 Maritime Day Observance
Thursday Aug 1 Army Day Observance
Tuesday Aug 13 Double Seven Festival Observance
Wednesday Aug 21 Spirit Festival Observance
Tuesday Sep 10 Teachers’ Day Observance
Thursday Sep 19 Mid-Autumn Festival National holiday
Friday Sep 20 Mid-Autumn Festival holiday National holiday
Saturday Sep 21 Mid-Autumn Festival holiday National holiday
Sunday Sep 22 September equinox Season
Monday Sep 30 Special Working Day Weekend
Tuesday Oct 1 National Day National holiday
Wednesday Oct 2 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Thursday Oct 3 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Friday Oct 4 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Saturday Oct 5 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Sunday Oct 6 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Monday Oct 7 National Day Golden Week holiday National holiday
Tuesday Oct 8 Special Working Day Weekend
Wednesday Oct 9 Special Working Day Weekend
Thursday Oct 10 Special Working Day Weekend
Friday Oct 11 Special Working Day Weekend
Saturday Oct 12 Special Working Day Weekend
Sunday Oct 13 Special Working Day Weekend
Sunday Oct 13 Double Ninth Festival Observance
Friday Nov 8 Journalists’ Day Observance
Saturday Dec 21 December Solstice Season

 

China and their Holidays in first two months of 2014

Wednesday Jan 1 New Year’s Day National holiday
Thursday Jan 2 New Year’s weekend Common Local holidays
Friday Jan 3 New Year’s weekend Common Local holidays
Thursday Jan 30 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday
Friday Jan 31 Chinese New Year National holiday
Saturday-Friday Feb 1-7 Spring Festival Golden Week holiday National holiday

 

Soft Cover Book Binding

Soft Cover Book Binding

For Soft Cover Book Binding you have options of Perfect Binding or Saddle Stitching.

Perfect bound can either be signature sewn, signature sewn and glued or just glued to the spine. There are a variety of bind styles used to manufacture paperback books.  Some of the most common include perfect bound and notch bound.  Perfect bound books are made by grinding about one eighth of an inch off the spine of a book and then attaching a paper cover with adhesive.  This makes a smooth flat surface for the glue to adhere to.  Notch bound books have notches cut out of the spine instead of grinding a section off.  In contrast, this creates many crevices for glue to sink into and makes the finished book more durable.  Perfect and notch bound books are the most economical way for content creators to have books made.

Saddle stitch binding is to bind by stapling sheets together where type fold at the spine, as compared to side stitch. Other terminology also called pamphlet stitch, saddle wire and stitch bind.  This method is preferred for products less than ninety-six pages, depending on the paper weight.

Side stitch is bound by stapling through sheets along, one edge as compared to saddle stitch, also called cleat stitch and side wire….

When book printing in china, PRC Book Printing is here to guide you through these terminologies to bind your art, words and message securely. Using these type of binding methods are great for children book printing (we are producing a series of titles, children saddle stitch books now), manuals, references, calendars, trade paper backs, cook book printing, catalogs and magazines.

(Please note, there are other options for soft cover book binding such as wire-o, coil, and comb binding which we will talk about in a later blog..)

Pearl River China Printing is your connection for quality book printing, call us NOW at 888.659.8320 or email us info@prcbookprinting.com

Shipping Terminology

Shipping Terminology

When printing books overseas, the shipping terminology should be noted on your invoices and quoting process.  Majority of the quotes you receive from other China printing services or print brokers or printing companies tend “NOT” to include all the shipping cost to wheel you into their pricing.  They tend to quote only FOB pricing, which doesn’t include everything, but about 50% -60% of the actual cost. Please note these few terminologies when you receive your quote and what is in the contract before going with that printer:

Here are some inciters with brief definitions from least coverage to greatest coverage.

(Seller = Printing Company and Buyer = Customer or you the book buyer)

FCA:  (Free Carrier) – The Seller fulfils obligation to deliver when the goods are handed over to the carrier, cleared for export.  The Buyer assumes all further costs and risks.

CPT:   (Carriage Paid) – The Seller pays the freight for carriage to the named destination.  The Buyer assumes all risk of loss or damage, as well as any further costs.

CIP:    (Carriage and Insurance Paid) – The Seller has the same obligations as under CPT but also must procure cargo insurance against the Buyer’s risk of loss or damage.

Ex-Factory:  (Exit-Factory) – This term is still widely used, this sale term is where the title of goods passes to the Buyer when the leave the vendor’s dock.  At this point the Seller is not liable for loss or damages in shipping

FOB:   (Freight on Board) – The shipper (or Seller) is agreeing to take responsibility only until the shipment is secured on a vessel.

CIF:    (Cost, Insurance and freight) – The Seller is responsible only for the carriage of goods by sea to a port of destination.  The Buyer is to provide all necessary documents to obtain the goods from the carrier.

DDU:  (Deliver, Duty and Unpaid) – The Seller bears all costs and risks involved in transporting the goods to the named place in the country of destination, Excluding duties, taxes and other official import fees.

DDP:  (Delivery, Duty and Paid) – The Seller has the same obligations as under DDU but also is responsible for payment of duties, taxes and other official import fees.

Here are more costs that incur when not requesting a DDP delivery, merchandise processing, harbor maintenance and customs clearance fees.

See our blog regarding the Anatomy of Customs holds that can occur when importing from overseas.

PRC Book Printing (Pearl River China Printing) we (as your China printing company representative) will provide you with DDP pricing unless otherwise requested by the client.  There are no hidden fees when we are quoting your project. What you see is what you pay to your loading dock…

If you’re interested in hearing more about PRC Book Printing and or this blog, please contact us at 888-659-8320, www.pearlriverchinaprinting.com or email info@prcbookprinting.com

FSC Paper and FSC Recycled Paper

FSC Paper and FSC Recycled Paper

What is FSC?  FSC /Forest Stewardship Council is a third party certification organization who evaluate those who manage the care of forests. The FSC ensures the sources in their paper aren’t contributing to any of the five most destructive practices in forestry:

  • Illegal logging
  • Natural forest conversion to other land uses
  • The liquidation of high conservation value forests
  • Civil rights violations
  • Genetic modification of forest species

When requesting FSC Certified paper it does NOT mean the paper is being recycled with composed paper, but that it was derived from trees from a well managed forest. Often people are confused that when ordering FSC paper is recycled paper which is not true. However, there is FSC Recycled  paper which is composed of ‘some’ quantity of waste paper — both from paper processing (pre-consumer) and from recycling bins (post-consumer). FSC Recycled product means that a minimum of 85% of the wood fiber content is from post-consumer sources, with a maximum of 15% coming from post-industrial sources.

The designation “recycled” isn’t actually monitored by any third party source like FSC Recycled Paper. When you see the recycling “Mobius loop” it may or may not actually mean that the product is recycled. It is available for anyone to use. This is shocking, right?! Using certified FSC recycled paper, does mean that your paper is both recycled and FSC certified.

Often folks are confused about the difference between FSC paper and FSC recycled paper. I hope what we just discussed helped clarify your confusion.  Either using FSC paper or FSC  recycled paper, you are at least not adding to the landfills or harming ecosystems during the logging process.

PRC Book Printing has its certification to use and print with FSC paper and FSC Recycled paper. This certification is not easy to come by and we are very proud that we are one of few printing companies in China that can say we are certified. Knowing that we are helping rather than harming the ecosystems is great.

Using FSC paper it is not limited to hard cover or soft cover books. The quality is just as superior as regular paper, however the price is a little more.

For further information visit www.fsc.org

If you’re interested in hearing more about PRC Book Printing and or this blog, please contact us at 888-659-8320, www.pearlriverchinaprinting.com or email info@prcbookprinting.com

(This blog is for informational purposes only. We assume no legal liability for any erroneous information.)