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Printing a Book? Here's a Checklist of the Specifications your Printer will Need

Books, like all printing projects, are made-to-order. This is because each book project is unique and created for a particular purpose. Your printer refers to the unique characteristics of your book project as Specifications or "Specs". ...

Offset vs Digital…which is a Better Fit for your Book Printing Project?

A variety of factors determine if your specific book project is better suited for Offset production or Digital production Whether you are printing a book, manual, catalog, or other multi-page document, you will likely have a choice between...

Book Printing: The Many Benefits of a Laminated Book Cover

One of the best ways to enhance the appearance and function of a softcover book is to have it produced with a laminated cover. Lamination provides many important benefits… Lamination Adds a Protective Barrier - lamination protects the paper...

Book Printing: The Relationship between Page Count and Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding is an Economical Method for Creating Softcover Books As a printer of perfect bound books, I field a lot of questions regarding page count, perfect binding, and the relationship between the two. So I thought it would be a good...

Book Printing Lingo: What are the Margins of a Book?

This Diagram of an Open Book Illustrates the Concept of Page Margins The Margins of a book refer to the blank spaces that surround the printed content of each page. Each page in the book will have a top margin, a bottom margin, an inner...

Book Printing: What are the Advantages of Spiral Binding?

Spiral Binding, also known as Coil Binding, is a common method for joining the pages and cover of a bound document. It utilizes a durable plastic or metal coil that is inserted and twisted through small holes punched along the spinal edge of...

Book Printing: A Web Press is the Economical Choice for Volume Projects

If your business prints a catalog, manual, directory, magazine, or other publication in volume, a web press will likely be your most economical production method. Also known as a roll-fed press, a web press is ideal for books...

Why Digital Printing is the Affordable Choice for Short Run Books

On Short Production Runs, Digital Printing offers a Lower Cost per Book than traditional Offset Printing As a general rule, digital printing offers a lower unit cost than offset printing for short production runs, like 200 or 300 books. This...

Book Printing: Portrait versus Landscape Orientation

Diagram A: a Book with a Portrait orientation is taller than it is wide Prior to laying out the pages and cover, you will have to decide whether a Portrait or Landscape orientation best suits your book project. A Portrait orientation...

Book Production: Know Your Cost Options Before You Print a Book

Planning to Print some Books? Follow these 5 Simple Rules to Save Money When planning a book project, knowing all your options upfront helps you make better decisions and stay within budget. It is particularly important to know how the...

Book Printing for the Trade: Outsourcing…More Money in your Pocket

Outsourcing orders for Printed Books is a Simple Way to put More Money in your Pocket Since I started blogging about the benefits of outsourcing printed books, I've had quite a few inquiries from Print Shops and Graphic Designers about how...

Book Printing for the Trade: Don't Miss Out on the Profits!

If you're in a print-related industry but don't offer Books, this article is for you… > Are you a Quick Printer or larger Commercial Printer with customers who need books printed but your capabilities don't allow you to go after...

Five Frequently-Asked Questions about Perfect Bound Book Printing

Perfect Binding is one of the most popular methods for creating printed books. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed...

Book Printing Lingo: What is a "Softcover" Book?

The pages and cover of a perfect bound Softcover book are held together with a strong, flexible glue A softcover book refers to a book that has its pages bound within a pliable paper cover (like a paperback novel, corporate annual report or...

Book Printing Lingo: Understanding the "Page Count" of a Book

The Page Count of a Book is often Miscommunicated As a book printer, I receive quote requests for all types of printed books. Since an accurate quote is based upon accurate specifications, my clients and I both have important roles in the...

Book Printing: How to Protect & Enhance the Cover of your Printed Book

Are you planning to have some books printed? Did you know you can protect and enhance the appearance of your book by having a clear coat finish applied to the cover? A clear coat helps protect the ink and paper against most smudges and scuffs...

Book Printing Lingo: What is Book Binding?

Examples of Softcover Books Created with the Perfect Binding Method Book Binding, also known as Book Bindery, is the process of assembling and securing written or printed pages within a cover. In most cases, the cover is thicker than the...

Printing Lingo: What does "Up" mean…as in 2-Up, 3-Up, Multiple-Up?

In printing, terms like Two-Up, Three-Up, Four-Up, Multiple-Up etc. refer to the way artwork files and/or printing plates are designed, so that the printing press can apply more than one image to the paper at the same time. Example of an...

Printing a Book? Here's a Quick Checklist of Info your Printer will Need

When you are ready to print a book, you'll need to relay the following printing and binding information to your printer… Don't worry if you are unsure of any of these specifications, your printer can help guide you. Quantity - How...

Simple Ways to Save Money on Book and Booklet Printing

Everyone is looking for ways to save money these days and book printing is no exception. Here are a few cost saving ideas to keep in mind when designing and buying printed books and booklets. Stick with Standard Paper Sizes Standard paper...

Book Printing Lingo: What does “Self Cover” mean?

The Self Cover option is an economical choice for any booklet, like a Price List, which may change frequently Self Cover means that the paper used for the cover of a book or other bound document is the same as the paper used for the interior...

Book Printing: The Many Benefits of Saddle Stitch Binding

Saddle Stitched Books Even Stack Well Of all the softcover book binding methods we offer, Saddle Stitching is the most popular. We use this method for a variety of book types including catalogs, manuals, booklets, programs, multi-page...

Book Printing Lingo: What does "Perfect Binding" mean?

Perfect Binding is a widely used soft cover book binding method. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible thermal glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed...

Book Printing Lingo: Is Spiral Binding the same as Coil Binding?

Spiral Binding and Coil Binding are interchangeable terms for the exact same book binding method. This popular method joins the pages and cover of a book using a durable plastic or metal coil that is shaped like a long spring. The coil is...

The 3-Ring Binder: 124 Years Old and Still Used by Everyone

A Ring Binder, such as the common 3-Ring Binder, is the simplest of all binding methods used to assemble pages into book form. Invented in Germany in 1886, it is still one of the most versatile and user friendly binding methods. The advantage of...

Book Printing: The Benefits of Short Run Printing / Print on Demand

For any organization or author that is looking to have some books printed, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand are popular concepts worth exploring. Considered by many to be interchangeable concepts, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand work...

Book Printing: What Info does a Printer need to Quote accurately?

Virtually all printing projects are made-to-order. This is because each printed piece is unique and created for a particular purpose. The purpose of the piece determines its characteristics. Your printer refers to the unique characteristics...

Want to Save Money on Printing? Paper Size Matters.

In the United States, the world of printing pretty much revolves around the 8.5" x 11" sheet size. So as a rule of thumb, your printing costs will be lower when you design your pieces for printing on 8.5" x 11" paper. Other recommended sizes are...

Printing Lingo: What does "Saddle Stitch" mean?

To form a book, the Saddle Stitch method uses wire staples to secure folded sheets of paper In the printing industry, Saddle Stitching refers to a very popular book binding method in which folded sheets are gathered together one...

Buying Basics: Printed Books for Business

Sooner or later, anyone who buys Printing for an organization will likely encounter the need to order some kind of book, whether it is a catalog, manual, directory, etc. Because these are multi-page documents, books are naturally more involved...

Printing Lingo: What does "Print On Demand" mean?

You may have heard the term "Print On Demand" and wondered what it was all about. Print On Demand refers to a printer's ability to produce books or other documents for a customer on an "as needed" basis. Print On Demand is currently popular...

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