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Archive for the ‘Soft Cover Book Printing’ Category

Lamination and Large Format Printing, Book Covers, Posters, Menus

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

If you research the term “lamination” online, in print books, or by talking with commercial printers, you’ll see that the concept has two distinct meanings. (more…)

Book Printing: Sometimes It’s Wise to Submit InDesign Files, Not PDFs

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Normally I send PDF files to commercial printers or book printers I work with. In handing off a design job, this is often best. If I’m unsure of a printer or just don’t have a personal working relationship with someone in prepress, I can rest assured that the custom printing job that is delivered will match the design files I upload to the commercial printer. (more…)

Book Printing: Saving a Job That’s Going South

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Sometimes a job needs to be saved.

I had been working on and off for almost a year designing a friend’s cookbook, as her time had allowed. Design fees were adding up. Fortunately the book was to have a limited press run through a digital, on-demand book printing vendor, but the overall price was still rising, and the custom printing cost would add to this substantially. (more…)

Book Printing and Commercial Printing: Overage and Underage

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Printing trade custom allows offset printing companies to deliver up to 10 percent more, or 10 percent fewer, copies of a job. The commercial printer or book printer can then apply this surcharge (or discount) to your invoice for the actual number delivered. The key word here is “actual.” This is not an arbitrary number. The printer can only charge for what he hands off to the customer. (more…)

Book Printing: How to Make Illegible Type Legible

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

A client of mine just produced a “galley” of her book, 100 digitally-printed reader’s copies for her reviewers to critique before the final offset custom printing run. She loves it, but her husband thinks the type is too small. (more…)

Custom Printing: Paper Choices Case Study

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A client of mine runs a small publishing house for literary works: poetry, fiction, memoirs, and such. She has recently sent a book to a commercial printer for a short run of 100 reader copies. These are also called “galleys.” Reviewers will read the copies and make suggestions, then the author will update and correct the text. After this step, a book printer will produce between 2,000 and 3,500 copies of the final edition. The commercial printer will produce the short run digitally on an HP Indigo press. The book printer will run the job on an offset press. (more…)

Book Printing: More Ways to Cut Costs

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

In a few recent postings, I have been describing an ongoing book printing job. My client wants to reduce the cost, and she has therefore been considering various formats, bindings, and color schemes. (more…)

Book Printing: Reduce the Cost by Changing Trim Size, Paper Weight, Color Placement, and Binding

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A print brokering client of mine recently provided specifications for a small-format book printing run. One option for this 64-page directory included 16 pages of color and the balance in black ink only. The other option assumed process color throughout. I found a custom printing supplier in Texas with a large-format press that could handle 32-page signatures, yielding a price much lower that those provided by local printing companies. However, the total cost still didn’t meet the budget. The job exceeded budget targets whether printed with only 16 pages of color or process color throughout, whether saddle stitched or perfect bound. (more…)

Commercial Printing: Books and Magazines in the Future

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

I’ve been reading a lot recently about the future of print.

In a Book, It’s All About the Story

In an article by The Sun Daily, the author quotes The Ottawa Citizen: “All the arguments against e-books are about external incidentals—the feel of a book, the crinkle of the pages and so on. None of these things has anything to do with what makes a book worth reading—that it’s a well-written, thoughtful and compelling story.” (more…)

Digital On Demand Book Printing: How Many Copies? How many Pages?

Monday, November 21st, 2011

A print brokering client of mine publishes literary works of poetry and fiction. She came to me last week with a book printing job to estimate: 100 copies of a 315-page perfect-bound text, black-ink-only with a four-color cover. These are “reader copies” of the book, and are also called “galley proofs.” Reviewers will make suggestions that the author will then incorporate into the finished book printing run. (more…)


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