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Magazine & Catalogue Printing at Micropress Printers

Thinking of launching a new print magazine or catalogue, or have a publication that you are looking to move to Micropress? You can save time and money by speaking to us early in the process.
By working with us we can achieve the quality you need for the best price in the UK printing industry. Below are a few things that can change the look, price and feel of your printed magazine. Feel free to call us on 01502 725800 or email us sales@micropress.co.uk for advice on how to get the best value for your magazine or catalogue.

Binding Format

Magazines and Catalogues are typically saddle stitched (stapled twice with no spine) or PUR Perfect Bound (a physical spine, akin to a paperback book) method. The binding style you choose is normally dictated by the number of pages in your magazine and the paper thickness. As a very rough guide anything over 64 pages will be PUR Perfect Bound, anything under 64 pages will be saddle stitched. However Micropress has saddle stitched a job of over 120 pages, so contacting us at an early stage is vital.

Micropress are capable of producing a perfect bound book with a spine width down to just 1mm, which is quite unique in the UK print industry. This allows publications of 16pp or less to be PUR perfect bound.
Saddle stitched magazines and catalogues are normally cheaper of the two to produce. PUR bound magazines and catalogues however look more ‘premium’ on a news stand and tend to be kept longer by the consumer.

Saddle stitched magazines and catalogues are folded sheets that are held together by two wire staples. These staples go through the edge of the magazine spine through to the centre page to secure the pages. Saddle stitching also allows the magazine to lie flatter when opened compared to PUR Binding.

PUR Perfect Bound magazines and catalogues are created by gluing the pages and cover together at the spine with a strong, flexible glue. The other three sides of the magazine are trimmed to give them clean edges. Unlike a saddle stitched magazine PUR Perfect Binding also allows text and/or imagery on the spine.
It is important to discuss with us the pagination and paper stock of any PUR Perfect Bound publication. This will allow us to give you an accurate width of the spine and avoid any delay in the production process.

Finished Magazine or Catalogue Size
Magazines can be printed and finished at any size you choose, but designing your magazine or catalogue pages to conform to a standard page size will allow less paper waste and ultimately save money. The most common sizes we produce on a daily basis are A4 (210x297mm) and A5 (148x210mm).

A magazine designed with non-standard page dimensions can be more expensive to print, but a small size change can result in huge cost savings. Additionally, a magazine or catalogue size doesn’t just affect its production cost, it can also add to the postage cost. Sometimes amending your page dimensions by as little as 5mm, or choosing a slightly lower paper weight can result in substantial postage savings.

Colours – CMYK? Mono?
Most magazines and catalogues we produce are CMYK full colour cover and CMYK full colour pages.
Please don’t assume that you can save money using  black only (Mono) pages mixed with full-color CMYK pages. It depends where the black-ink pages fall in relationship to the colour pages, and how many pages each printing plate will contain.
Contact us for help on where the pages would need to fall and how to reduce your costs.


Paper Stocks
Most magazines use a thin paper stock for the interior pages. Magazines do not normally see prolonged use and in most cases, a magazine is only looked through a few times so durability is not really an issue. Many magazine’s are distributed through the postal system so a lighter paper stock means less weight, which can reduce postage costs. The best reason however for a lighter weight paper is cost. However, a thin stock can cause read through issues, where you can physically see the other side of the page, just like a bit of tracing paper so getting it right at the start is vitally important.

Uncoated paper stocks have become increasingly trendy over recent years, and most uncoated stocks are more environmentally friendly than their coated counterpart. So, they are usually as green and environmental as they tend to look. Images can look slightly ‘washed out’ however, so please be aware of this if your design contains pages heavy in ink or imagery.
We are also FSC certified , which means we can offer the full range of environmentally friendly papers in the UK.

Contact us today on 01502 725800 or email us sales@micropress.co.uk
Micropress | Fountain Way | Reydon Business Park | Reydon | Suffolk | IP18 6SZ

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