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Common Paper Sizes Chart and Conversion Table

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by David Rogers

Letter. A4. ANSI A. Legal.

Is this some secret message or an alien transmission from a galaxy beyond? No, it’s just a random assortment of paper sizes. Since the different types of paper size can easily become nearly as confusing as paper weight, we wanted to gather all the sizes in one place.

In our book printing world we express paper dimensions in inches because we work with both non-standard and standard size books. 5.5 x 8, 7 x 10, 8.5 x 11 are all common book printing sizes, but since we can produce books of any size, it’s easier to stick with inches rather than only working with standard paper sizes. However, since many customers are already familiar with those standard sizes, we hope this chart will serve as a reference point for those deciding the best size for their book.

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Paper Weight Conversion Chart

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by David Rogers

There’s no beating around the bush: The different measurements of paper weight can get confusing very quickly.

This stems from the way different types of paper are measured, as well as different measurement types being used for different applications. We’ve put together a paper weight conversion chart to represent popular paper weights used in book printing, as well as a few common reference points.

Paper Weight Conversion Chart

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Different Paper Types for Book Printing

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by David Rogers

Paper Types for Book Printing

An important choice you’ll make about your book printing project is the paper type you will use as the inside stock of your book. This will define the look and feel of your book along with your binding type and cover stock choices.

If you take a look at the paper options on our quote page, you’ll see quite a few options for “Inside Text Stock.” However, understanding a bit about these different kinds of paper and how they will affect your specific project will make the decision fairly simple.

Two Primary Paper Types: Coated v. Uncoated

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Choosing the Perfect Paper Weight [Infographic]

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Choosing the best paper weight for your project is not always as straightforward as it seems. Paper measurement is a complex topic that gets very technical very quickly.

Fortunately, the Paper Mill Store Blog has put together a great infographic that helps explain the differences in paper weight with examples of common uses of each weight. Click here or the photo above to see the entire graphic.

Let us know if you have any paper questions related to your specific project. We’ll also be glad to send samples of different paper weights.


 

How to Change the Paper Size in your Word Document

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by David Rogers

The default layout in Microsoft Word is probably familiar to most of us by now: 8.5″ x 11″ inches in the U.S. and A4 in most other places around the globe. The margins around the pages preset at a seemingly familiar 1 inch on each side.

However, our book customers know well that as good as those dimensions are for legal documents, letters and more, they are not always ideal for book printing projects. Here at Advanced Print & Finishing we do print some books that are 8.5″ x 11″, but we also have many other common print sizes (5.5″ x 8.5″ and 6″ x 9″, to name just two). And if the book you’re writing is any size other than the standard default Word size, you’ll want to adjust your pages to represent that size.

Not only will this give you a better representation of what your book will look like as you are working on it, it will also give you an accurate page count to use for your book printing quote.

In addition to changing your paper size, you’ll likely also need to adjust the margins. We’ve written an article with instructions on how (and why) to do just that.

Changing the paper size of your Word Document

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What is FSC certified paper?

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by Valerie Williams

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification on a log

As numerous types of businesses are “going green” these days, many in the print industry have been leading the charge to use recycled materials and reduce waste for some time now.

Many organizations are working to help the print industry go green as much as possible, and one of the most well-known organizations is the Forward Stewardship Council (FSC).

It should be noted that paper doesn’t have to be FSC certified to be environmentally friendly, and that there are many types of recycled paper available from a wide variety of sources.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

One of largest and most prominent organizations ensuring the conservation and responsible tree growth is the Forest Stewardship Council, commonly known as the  FSC. This council tracks and manages forests, milling, and manufacturing processes.

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How Paper Affects Color

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In printing we are often confronted with the problem of expectation versus reality. The color that you see on your monitor, your laser printer, your color proof, your press proof and the final printed product can look surprisingly different from one another. This is the reality. Of course the expectation is that they are all the same.

Reasons for these differences are many. RGB vs. CMYK. Inkjet vs. offset. Coated vs. uncoated. I could go on all day. So the printing process is not perfect and we’re going to have to do some work to arrive at pleasing color. But to start, we need to have a realistic expectation of the end result and an understanding of the limitations in the printing process.

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