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What Are Bound Galleys?
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A specific use pre-publication tool
Bound Galleys are often not the same size as the published book.
A Bound Galley is the pre-publication version of an upcoming published book that is a printed, perfect bound book. The cover of the Bound Galley is generally not the cover of the book to be published, but the Bound Galley cover contains information useful to marketing the book to reviewers, bookstore distributors and buyers. Comments from these reviewers are frequently printed on the back of the production (i.e. "bookstore") version of the book printed after the review stage. A Bound Galley may contain handwritten editorial marks. It may be missing photographs, illustrations, charts, and even text that will, however, eventually appear in the final finished edition.

Bound Galleys are often not the same size the published book will be. The size of a Bound Galley is based on printing economics. Usually they are 5 3/8" x 8 3/8" and frequently are 6" x 9". Other formatted Bound Galleys such as oblong bindings or odd sizes are available and are used. Bound Galleys are printed on specially designed printing presses. The physical appearance of the Bound Galley is distinctive, and reviewers can readily distinguish a Bound Galley from a finished book.

Bound Galleys are usually created from paper printing plates on duplicator-type printing equipment. Page paper is 50 lb white text stock printed in black ink. Covers are 65 lb color cover stock printed in black ink and perfect bound. Occasionally the covers are four-color and digitally printed on laminated 80 lb stock.

Run lengths are from 20 to 1,000 or more copies. Bound Galleys are also known as "Crane's," or Uncorrected Page Proofs, and/or Advance Reader Copies.

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