Board Book Printing
Imago has been involved in board book printing since the business opened over 40 years ago. Children’s books are a cornerstone of our service offering at Imago, and board books remain an ever-popular style of book that our customers choose.
We have produced countless board books across thousands of projects, and our expertise alongside our access to print suppliers in both China and Europe means that we can offer our customers high-quality and managed production for board books.
Board books are produced using card or board as opposed to paper (hence the name!) which makes them strong enough to withstand the enthusiastic use of small hands!
Board Book Types & Styles
When it comes to board book printing, we can (and always get excited to) push the boundaries of what’s possible in terms of the look and user experience with the finished product. In general terms, we print board books for the children’s book market, however, we have produced many board books for adults too. No matter who the product is intended for, board books are designed to be very engaging and versatile products that stand out on the shelf and withstand lots of use.
Variations of Board Books
Having printed board books for so many years alongside a plethora of clients for different markets, Imago has produced so many different iterations including; shaped board books, board books with lift-up flaps, board books with a cased cover, board books with feels, board books with puzzles, board books with plush, chunky board books, the list goes on.
If you have a wild idea the chances are it can be produced as a board book and the chances are that we have produced it! Start your board book printing project with us and we will be in touch to discuss as soon as possible!
We offer a product development consultation and free quotation service.
What are the Benefits of Board Book Printing?
The sturdy card used to make board books makes them resilient and strong enough to withstand the repeated attention of toddlers, no matter how rough!
The board book format is incredibly versatile, not only is the size and number of spreads flexible but also the number of different finishes and materials that can be used.
Rounded edges and chunky leaves make board books perfect for small hands. The contents and cover are usually finished with a varnish or lamination making them wipeable.
Add some flaps, add a feel or a smell, a splash of glitter or foil, or even a plush character – the board book format lends itself to all manner of creative outpourings.
Board Book Safety
Often the child’s first foray into the wonderful world of books, it is important that board books are safe for their young audience. Although a ‘book’ in the sense that it has pictures and words, the board book is more likely to be chewed rather than read!
When it comes to board book printing, the product must be designed and manufactured with the full understanding of the way in which children interact with their toys and with toy safety uppermost in the mind.
Consideration has to be given to the materials being used, to the shape, size, and security of any attachments. Imago have considerable experience and expertise in identifying potential physical and chemical risks and with international standards and testing requirements.
Board Book Printing – The Technical Details
Top Tips for Board Book Printing
Boards for Board Books
Choosing the right board to use for your board book printing project will depend on your design and your budget. Generally, board books are made using 350gsm – 400gsm board with each leaf comprising of two layers.
There are two main types of board used in board book printing and manufacture;
- Grey board – available in many different grammages and thicknesses, grey board is usually made from recycled materials and the core is grey in colour.The board has a white paper coating / printing surface and is less expensive than white board and a good choice if budget is the prime consideration. For very chunky board books grey board is the most cost-effective option.
- White board – available in many different grammages and thicknesses. This is a superior quality board and is available coated one side (C1S) or both sides (C2S).If your board book has ‘lift the flaps’ functionality, you may want to print on the underside of the board so that lifting the flap reveals an image on the printed on the underside of the next leaf.
Why Choose Imago for Your Board Book Printing Project?
At Imago, we have over forty years of experience in board book printing and have production staff ‘on the ground’ in the Far-East and Europe where most board books are produced.
As board book printing can often can involve complex cutting and production methods, it is important to opt for a supplier, or in the case of Imago a print management company, who can oversee and manage the entire process to ensure your project is produced to the highest quality.
I am absolutely delighted and entirely impressed. I’ve been involved in print since 1983, and this is one of the most impressive services I have experienced!
Terry O’Hare, Managing Director
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Brian Thomas, Founder & President
I just wanted to write to thank you so much for helping us navigate this (quite stressful) undertaking for us at this stage in the publishing life of Little Door Books. Imago have been wonderful, allaying my fears, answering my silly questions, and looking out for us by getting us a good deal so that we have been able to complete the task financially.
Alan Windram, Director
Little Door Books
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Maria C. Litman
Using Imago has transformed how we do business. With Imago we saved at least 3-6 months of coordination time and I wouldn’t ever go back to ordering from printing companies directly! First class service and amazing support.
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