What is a Zine?
A Zine is usually a magazine or publication that is dedicated to a unique topic. A Zine doesn’t tend to have the large budget of a traditional publishing company and so tends to be a bit quirky and a bit different, often homemade. They are usually a lot more charismatic than a typical publication as the content is not dictated by the advertising inside.
What size can my Zine be?
Like our other books, we are able to print and bind your Zine at any size between A6 (148x105mm) and A4 landscape (210x297mm). Standard sizes for Zine printing will be A6 (148x105mm) A5 (210x148mm) and A4 (297x210mm).
If you fancy something a bit different from the regular sizes then a good compromise between size and price would be Royal (234x156mm) or B5 (250x175mm).
What paper types can I use?
We have lots of different papers to choose from; Opaque, bookwove, recycled and coated papers. If your zine is going to have a lot of colour or lots of black and white or colour images then it would be best to print it on a coated paper. Having your Zine printed on a 115gsm coated matt or silk paper is a good choice to enhance the contents and not increase the price too much over our uncoated papers.
What cover stock do you use?
Our normal paperback books use a 240gsm cover which does work well for our Zines. However we do have other lighter-weight options, 150gsm or 170gsm coated stock. This will give your Zine a more traditional feel. If you are wanting something completely different, we can order in alternate papers such as coloured or textured paper.
What will the spine width be?
Zine printing and binding follows the same manufacturing process as our traditional paperback printing and so you can use our instant price calculator to get an exact measurement for your zine. In order to be perfect bound it will need to have a minimum page count of; 48pp (printed pages) for opaque 80gsm, 52pp for 115gsm coated paper and 38pp for 150gsm coated paper.
What glue do you use?
We only use PUR (Polyurethane Reactive for our Zines as this glue is the strongest available and is necessary for any book that is printed on a coated paper or a book which has printing going into the spine.
What extras can I add to my Zine?
We have multiple extras that can be added to your paperback book;
Embossing and Debossing
If you are looking for something very unique it may be worth thinking about getting your book printed as a hardback book.
Colours that you see on screen and that are produced by digital equipment are normally in RGB (Red, Green and Blue). For printed material, we are only able to print in CMYK ( Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). Therefore, any images, photographs, logos and text need to be supplied in your press-ready document as CMYK. We can convert this on our end if you are having difficulties in doing the conversion but there may be an extra charge depending on how much you need converting.
For the best print quality of any and all images, photographs and logos, the resolution will need to be at 300dpi (dots per inch). We can accept resolutions lower than this but we are unable to guarantee high-quality printing for anything under 240dpi. If you are unsure of the resolution/quality of your content we will be happy to produce sample proofs.
When a font is not embedded in the document, the font information will need to be on the local computer where the document is opened. If this font information is not on the local computer then a substituted font will be used. This is something we need to avoid at all costs. One of the ways to avoid this is to make sure all fonts used in the document are embedded.
Covers and internal files should have 3mm bleed as standard. This is the area outside of the trim area to allow for any movements in printing.
Corner trim/crop marks help us when imposing the files for printing but are not essential as we can easily add these when we impose your booklet.
PDF Press Ready Files
Files should be submitted to us as press-ready PDF files. In some instances, we can accept other formats such as Microsoft Word or JPEG but you will need to contact us first.