Three Things You Must Know About Saddle-Stitched Book Printing

Do you know what is imposition or reader spreads? If you are placing an order for book printing for the very first time, you may find yourself lost in several terms and lingos. We at PrintPapa are used to seeing blank looks on our customers’ faces or hear long pauses on the phone line when such terms are mentioned.  But if you are planning to order for custom book printing you need to be aware of some of the basic terms for saddle-stitched books (which you are likely to order). As a book printing company that believes in educating customers, here we have listed three things that you must know about saddle-stitched book printing.

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  • Reader Spreads – This is something every customer needs to be aware of. In simple words this allows you to visualize the layout of the book once it is printed and bound. Adjacent pages may not be printed side by side in an offset printer but the need to appear in the order once the book is bound. It helps us with the next term on our list.
  • Printer Spreads – If reader spreads is about how you’d visualize the book and how the layout should be once it is printed the Printer Spreads allows us to arrange pages in your book for them to appear side by side. Depending on the pages in your book printing order, we shall arrange the pages in the pre-press stage.
  • Imposition – This is a process of page arrangement we undertake prior to the printing process. This is done to ensure once the pages are printed, folded, bound and trimmed they appear in proper order.  While this may seem confusing to you, this is done to speed up the printing process and also ease the binding process.

There are dozens of more terms that you’d need to know to get your book printed. Just kidding! As your chosen online printing services partner we’d print the best books and booklets for you irrespective of how much you know about the lingo used. When you come to us with a need, we translate that into reality. Browse our website at to know about custom book printing or call us at 408-567-9553 to know more.

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