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French Flaps

French flaps, sometimes called a gatefold cover style, are folded flyleaves in the interior of a paperback cover, used to give an extra decorative elegance to a paperback publication. They can serve exactly the same function as a hardback dust jacket, allowing more space for presentation and marketing, with a book synopsis or extra artwork. But you can choose to leave them blank, or just contain your logo. They can also have a functional value, allowing the reader to use the front flap as a bookmark. You can choose to have both front and back gatefold flaps, or just one.

The flaps can be customised to the size you want, whether almost as wide as the entire cover with full-colour artwork, or just a small fold to give a bookmark with room for a little text or a logo – the choice is yours. Covers with French flaps are produced differently from ordinary paperbacks, where the trimming is the final step after binding, as with the gatefold style the cover is trimmed before the book is bound. These custom covers need to be made by experts.

Customised gatefolds that give your book extra elegance need a proven professional top-qualityprinter like Pulsio. Contact our consultants for more information.

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  • What is the turnaround?

    Standard production time is 5 business days for Paperback and 10 for Hardcover (case-bound) books. For custom options such as hot foil and embossing + 3 days. For delivery + 3 to 5 days.

  • Is it the final price or is there any extra cost (taxes etc)?

    The price includes the production and the delivery cost to your door. There is no extra cost. On demand Services and Proof copies are not included.

  • Do I have to pay sales or duty tax?

    No, you do not have to pay any fees, sales or duty tax when you receive your books from us. All taxes are included in the price.

  • When do I have to pay ?

    For a new client, we require 100% in advance. For peace of mind, we can offer 60% before print and 40% upon reception of production proof.

  • Do you offer personal assistance?

    Yes, you benefit, totally for free (no strings attached) from the services of a personal advisor to help you elaborate your best product: choice of papers, sizes, print runs, packaging, production follow up, everything you need until the delivery.

  • Do you check the files before printing?

    We check your files with a professional software as well as manually. (Files preflighting) We offer as well one hour free prepress assistance with our expert. You receive a digital proof for your approval.

  • Do you provide one proof copy before the final project?

    Yes, we can provide you with a proof copy. We have different proofs you may choose from. (File Validation Process)

  • Do you provide print on demand service?

    Yes, we can print your books with a higher print run to lower unit price and then ship it partially or just one copy when you have an order. Contact our sales assistant to get more information.

  • Do you print custom products?

    Yes, indeed you design your own product and our personal advisor will help you for free to customize it: choice of papers, sizes, finishes, print runs, everything you need until the delivery at your door.

  • My book is special. Do you also print custom size books?

    Yes, we can print your book in your requested size as long as it doesn’t exceed our machine limit. Custom size can be printed Offset or Digital. You can as well customize papers, bindings, finishes.

  • Need more information?

    For more answers to your questions, check out our FAQ page. You can also contact us directly through our Contacts page. We’re here to help!

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