Free Book Printing Tools and Resources

Thomson-Shore offers a suite of free tools to help you get the job done:

Our Spine Bulk calculator allows you to calculate the bulk of your book. The calculator also takes that information and builds diagrams to help you layout your cover, jacket and cloth covers correctly.

>Click here for Spine Bulk calculator

Typesetters and More:
Creating output ready PDF files is one step of the prepress process. If you or your company does not have these capabilities, consider asking about the new services we have for this and much more. Contact your customers service representative or email us at  for more details.

Paper and Cloth and Foil Options:
With so many options, it may seem overwhelming when trying to decide which paper or cloth and foil options will help you make the perfect book. Narrow down the choices with an easy-to-follow chart of all we have to offer.

Download the Cloth Stock Option Chart (PDF)
House Stock Chart (PDF)
Foil Selection Chart (PDF)

Bind Styles:
We offer many types of bind styles at Thomson-Shore. This guide will show you the differences between the styles so you can make an educated selection for your title.
Dowload the Bind Styles information (PDF)

If you are printing a case bound book, there are a couple things you should know. First, there are many options! This guide briefly introduces foils, cloths and everything in between, as well as some helpful decision-making tools. Take a look and, of course, call us if you have any questions.
> Download the Case Information PDF