• Call paper companies such as Mead Paper and ask for a carton of paper sample swatch books (in most cases free)

• “Rag” paper stock is usually finer because it means cotton is included in the paper’s makeup, i.e. finer look and feel

• Signature: grouping of up 4-8 sheets of paper, folded in half to form 16-32 book pages, respectively


• Saddle-stich: pages staples along the spine for books under ± 32pp

• Side-stitch: when book’s bulk is too great for saddle stitching

• Perfect bind: Pages bound together with a flexible adhesive

• Mechanical binding: holes punched for rings, PVC, etc.

• Edition bind: signatures sewn-together, i.e. conventional