Which paper to choose?

This question we hear so often that we decided to collect and generalize the recommendations for choosing paper in one note. So, which paper is best to choose for …

Fiction, memoirs, poems.
Lovers of literature know that the pleasure of reading a book consists of many “trifles”. A lot of them depends on the paper. The paper should be pleasant to the touch, not thick, and not coated. To read does not tire your eyes, you should choose a dairy or ivory offset paper. This paper provides maximum comfort in reading: it is enough to recall that European publishers, taking care of the eyes of readers, produce 99% of all literature on such paper.

The recommended paper weight depends on the binding.
For soft-paper books, choose paper with a density of 65-80 g / m2, hardcover – no more than 160 g / m2. Often the authors believe that “the thicker the paper, the better the book”. In a sense, this is so: if you compare too thin paper with a sufficiently thick paper. But the book, printed on too thick paper, will simply be inconvenient to read. Pages will not have to turn over, but shift, the book will tend to unfold like a harmonica. In addition, such a book can “fall apart”: too thick paper is not elastic, as a result of which the spine will break, and the inner sheets will fall out.

Artistic albums and books with high quality photos.
For such publications matte offset paper of the “premium” class, for example, Color Copy or matte coated paper, is suitable. Such a paper in itself looks solid, which will make the publication more presentable. Also, the use of matte paper has practical reasons: such paper, unlike glossy paper, does not shine.

Instructions and technical literature is better to print on offset or matte coated paper with a density of 65-90 g / m2.
White offset paper with the same density is well suited for scientific literature, textbooks, industry magazines.
Illustrated children’s books – offset paper with a density of 80-90 g / m2 (soft cover) and 80-160 g / m2 (hardcover).

Photo albums, illustrated inserts in books, annual reports, presentations – matte coated with density of 90-200 or offset paper of “premium” class 80-100 gr / m2.