A Primer on Selecting Alternative Book Papers
Using groundwoods can net you cost savings, but you should also be aware of some negative attributes. Groundwoods do not meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for permanency, and they contain lignin. In other words, groundwood papers will yellow and deteriorate.
Books with a relatively short shelf life, however, could benefit from the cost savings, while not negatively affecting readership. But other books meant to last, particularly first editions, should be aware of the possible backlash from readers. While groundwood stocks, like recycled and synthetic stocks, may not be the best choice for your next book, it may be an acceptable option that can offer significant cost savings. BB
Steven W. Frye is owner of Frye Publication Consulting in Hailey, Idaho. He is an expert in production processes, and has negotiated printing, paper and distribution contracts for dozens of publishers. He can be reached at Steve@SteveFrye.com.
- American National Standards Institute
- ARJOBEX N.A.
- Bowater Incorporated
- Forest Stewardship Council
- Frye Publication Consulting
- HOP Industries Corp
- North Pacific Paper Corporation
- Oji-Yuka Synthetic Paper Co.
- Penguin Group (USA)
- PPG Industries
- Random House Inc.
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
- Transilwrap Co. Inc.
- Warner Books Group