This book didn't take long to finish and was quite a frustrating read. It felt unbalanced, going the long way round with wordy explanations stating the obvious, whilst skimping on in depth detail about the print and finish processes featured. I say it was 'style over substance' because it seemed they'd decided each process would occupy a certain space so the layout was regular and orderly, and bulked out certain sections whilst cutting down others. I honestly felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall of obviousness at times, especially with the captions to the examples. For example:
"The brochure features a printed and foil-blocked bellyband that holds its pages closed in addition to providing a distinctive visual element. The bellyband is marked 'LifeStyle', a slogan that incorporates the client's initials and alludes to the suggestion that the 'right' living space can complement your lifestyle." - p.145
In fairness, it is a broad overview of the types of print and finish processes that are out there, skimming over a variety of topics, whilst remaining light on detail. Some of the examples they've chosen are not clear enough though; for example, I'm still not entirely sure what 'tipping in' is, even though I've read the section repeatedly and closely looked at the examples.
The conclusion does state that this was meant as a 'starting point' for your exploration; it also suggests that the "adventurous use of these techniques requires experimentation, considered thought and inevitably the odd mistake..." I find this irksome, because this book is aimed at students and those starting out with graphic design, and who amongst this target audience has the money to a. set up these processes in the first place, or b. afford to make mistakes?!
For the student or graduate hoping to spruce up their portfolio or CV, it's not ideal. This book doesn't equip you with practical knowledge to actually implement many of these things. For that purpose, I'd recommend The Production Manual: A Graphic Design Handbook
by the same authors.