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Paper Weight Equivalents

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I am a Buyer for a marketing firm, and I buy a lot of printing... I think its just fascinating how you can substitute differnt weights and grades of paper for a project depending upon what is spec'd. For instance:


60# Book = 24# Bond = 33# Cover (which, let's be honest, there really isn't a 33# cover, but still that's the equivalent)

110# Book = 43# Bond = 60# Cover (sure that's pretty light for a cover stock, but that's actually fairly heavy for a book weight paper stock)

183# Book = 72# Bond = 100# Cover (woah... that's pretty darn heavy... I don't even know if those weights are even manufactured for a book grade of paper, but still... wow!)


There are a bunch of other grades of papers too with the same kind of equivalent weights... there's Bristol, Index, Tag, etc.


Sure you have to be careful when you purchase paper in the U.S. compared to the screwy European weights, but other than that the sky's the limit in terms of being able to substitute one weight/grade for another.

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