Coatings come in a broad array of choices, but depending on the types of book titles that are being produced, it's important to know all of the finishing choices available in order to make an educated and economical decision. BookTech the Magazine asked several coatings experts to offer advice. "I used to work for an educational publisher, and we [produced] case-bound, hardcover books," recalls Amanda Howard, production manager of Parallel. "The finishing options available included lamination, varnish, UV coating, water-based aqueous coating, or even producing a separate paper dust jacket, although that doesn't stand up well in educational usage." As Howard points out, application and purpose

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