Here are some news stories, blog posts, and NYC Digital Book Printing videos on printing books, print on demand books, POD books, and book printing:
Print on Demand Turns Book Publishing Upside Down – Nashville-based Ingram Content Group runs one of the book industry’s largest “print on demand” operations. Printing one copy at a time is a lonely bright spot for the traditional book industry, which has suffered as e-readers soar. – wpln.org
HarperCollins to go POD with Backlist – AppNewser – The EBM is a rather large all-in-one book printing solution that was developed by On Demand Books. Bookstores can buy … What I find more interesting is that this is HC’s second foray into print-on-demand. The UK branch of … – mediabistro.com/ebooknewser
2012 Digital Book Printing Awardees | Paperspecs – John Wiley & Sons was a very early adopter of print-on-demand and short-run digital book printing, and today its Global Demand Print Program includes over 17000 titles, five vendors, and has grown to a multi-million dollar … – paperspecs.com
Build-a-Book, Print on Demand, Custom Book Binding | Waking … – Build-a-Book, Print on Demand, Custom Book Binding. Recently did a little research into custom book printing options: http://www.lulu.com – about $24 for a 5×8 hardcover (40 pages) … – wakingmedia.com
Indie Book Adventures: Technologies That Will Speed Up Indie … – Print-on-Demand or POD is fast becoming a standard for fast book printing without stocking inventory. As the name implies a book only gets printed after a customer purchases your book. So you are guaranteed that your book will always be … – indiebookadventures.blogspot.com
Here are a few of the latest stories related to printing books, including book printing awards, book printing videos, on-demand book printing, digital book printing, etc.
Please click on the links for further reading of any article that interests you.
- John Kremer
2012 Digital Book Printing Awardees | Paperspecs – 2012 Digital Book Printing Awardees. April 3, 2012. Ingram’s Lightning Source, Pearson, and John Wiley & Sons were selected by INTERQUEST as recipients of inaugural awards in recognition of their leadership and innovation in digital book … http://www.paperspecs.com/
Book Printing Process Video – The complicated process of book printing — Dvice Spotify extends unlimited free streaming indefinitely. – http://www.geeksugar.com/?page=2
Video on book printing | Melville House Books – Here at Melville House, we’re no strangers to the particular pleasures of digital publishing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a bit of printmaking pornography now and then. In a lovely new short film for the Daily … http://mhpbooks.com/
KnowledgePoint launches on-demand book printing service … – http://www.printweek.com/
Edwards Brothers, Inc. and Malloy Incorporated, two leading book manufacturers, announced that they would merge effective February 6, 2012, forming a new company called Edwards Brothers Malloy.
The new company will have combined sales of $115 million and will be the sixth largest book manufacturing firm in the United States, offering publishers a global distributed print program and fulfillment services that combine to form a single print supply chain solution.
Edwards Brothers Malloy will have three offset facilities—Edwards Brothers’ plants in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Lillington, North Carolina and Malloy’s operation in Ann Arbor—along with eleven digital print plants in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. With Edwards Brothers’ gps Global Print SolutionsTM distributed print partnership, publishers will be able to print and distribute books with one order, one file, and one invoice around the world.
John Edwards, President and CEO of Edwards Brothers, says the merger brings two strong family-owned businesses together with over 170 years of book making experience between them. “I’ve known the Uptons my whole life, and I’ve always respected Malloy as a competitor. They have a great reputation for service and a very strong financial foundation. I’ve been amazed as we put this merger together how similar our companies are. We share a strong commitment to our employees, our customers, and the craft of book making.”
Edwards also noted the fact that Malloy has roots in EB. Jim Malloy, who founded Malloy in 1960, was production manager at EB in the 1940s. As Edwards puts it, “In a sense, we’re being reunited.”
Edwards will be the CEO of Edwards Brothers Malloy. Bill Upton, President of Malloy, will become the Vice President of Operations for the new unified company, and Joe Upton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Malloy will take over that same role with Edwards Brothers Malloy.
Bill Upton believes the merger will result in additional business and jobs flowing into the current Malloy facility and is excited about the expanded services the new company will be able to offer to Malloy’s current customers: “We can’t wait to introduce the Edwards Brothers global digital printing platform to our customers. Our customers can now turn to us for print-on-demand (POD) service and use gps Global Print SolutionsTM to print closer to their international customers. Edwards Brothers Malloy combines two book manufacturers into one print supply chain solution.”
The focus of the new company will be on pursuing growth opportunities. To that end their current sales and customer services teams will remain largely intact. Both Upton and Edwards noted that they have relatively few common customers, which they believe will lead to new business as their respective customers become familiar with the capabilities of the other company.
Both Edwards Brothers and Malloy have invested heavily in recent years in digital printing equipment and technologies that help publishers better align their print quantities to demand. Edwards has established what is arguably the most expansive global digital printing platform in the industry, with ten digital printing centers spread across North America and the United Kingdom and the GPS alliance with four other international printing partners. GPS allows customers to place one order and have their books printed and distributed around the world.
For Malloy’s part, their technological and service enhancements have been focused primarily on web-based service tools that allow customers to more easily manage their work at Malloy. Malloy also has a storage and fulfillment operation that serves well over 100 mostly small publishers. Some publishers take advantage of this service to store and fulfill orders for all of their books, while many others use it to serve particular segments of their markets.
For cost-effective printing of longer print runs, the new firm will also have 15 Timsons web presses, the largest number of any manufacturer in the United States.
Edwards and Upton see the combination of Malloy’s focus on service with Edwards Brothers’ global printing platform as a game changer for publishers of all sizes.
Says Edwards, “We are no longer simply a book manufacturer—though we are still good at making books—we are a supply chain manager and an inventory management and delivery company. We can save publishers a lot of expense and time being a trusted supplier with full responsibility for their print orders. We’ll make sure the publisher never misses a sale, never has too many books sitting in a warehouse, and never has to worry about the quantity of their last reprint.”
Edwards Brothers Malloy will have over 950 employees and will maintain its headquarters in Ann Arbor with eight sales offices located across the United States.
The following post is a reprint of a report I offered many years ago while promoting my Directory of Book Printers.
With the new age of digital printing, PDFs or Postscript files, etc., some of these points are probably not as important as they once were. That’s good.
1. Minimize editorial changes. Try to make all your editorial changes before you send your copy to the typesetter. Making changes after it’s been typeset will cost you at least two to three times as much.
2. Use camera-ready artwork (line drawings and other artwork that requires no halftones) rather than photographs wherever practical. Each halftone costs $10 to $40 in additional prep costs.
3. Use bleeds only when necessary. Bleed pages require more set-up time for the presses and may also require larger sheets of paper. More paper, more expense.
4. Present clean copy to the typesetter (or page-layout person). Clean copy allows any typesetter to work faster, resulting in lower typesetting costs (or page layout costs).
5. Prepare your camera-ready copy so that all pages can be shot using the same camera setting. Don’t add in reductions or enlargements. Avoid extra camera work whenever possible. In today’s electronic age, you might not have to deal with camera-settings, but you will have to deal with PDF or Postscript standards when sending files to layout people or printers.
6. No close registrations. When doing two-color or three-color printing, stay away from close registrations. They require extra set up time – and can result in higher rejection rates as well.
7. Two-color effects from one color – You can obtain a two-color effect on your book’s cover by using screens, dropouts, and reverses. We used all three techniques on the cover of the second edition of the Directory of Short-Run Book Printers. As a result, we save hundreds of dollars over the costs of a four-color cover. [Note: I'm not sure this as true today with electronic layout and set-up.]
8. A lighter weight paper can save you money both for the cost of the stock itself and in postage for shipping your book. Many 50 lb. or 55 lb. papers are now as opaque and as strong as 60 lb. papers.
9. Seek the help of your printers in cutting costs. Talk to them early in the planning of the layout and design of your books. They may be able to suggest minor changes in your specs that will save you money without affecting the quality or feel of your books.
10. Don’t wait until the last minute. Rush jobs always seem to cost more money – overtime charges, shipping charges, mistakes, miscommunications, etc.
11. Avoid special requests – odd sizes, unusual papers, multiple screen effects, extra colors, etc. – unless they are essential for the character or content of you book. Extras cost extra.
12. Create books in signatures. Design your books to fit the press you’re going to use. What is the standard, most efficient signature for the press you will be using. Keep your book a multiple of that signature count.
13. Gang-run your books. If you can print more than one title at the same time that has the same basic size (e.g., 6×9) and thickness, your printer will often give you a break in the cost, because the set-up time for the second book should be less.
14. Pay your bills on time. Take advantage of any discounts for paying early. If you gain a reputation as a reliable payer, you’ll get better quotes from printers, especially during their quiet times.
15. Query at least five to ten printers on every book. Since book printers tend to specialize in certain sizes, bindings, or quantities, the same printer won’t always give you the best or lowest price quote.
A final thought: The lowest price is not necessarily the best bargain. Don’t sacrifice quality, service, or delivery to price. A low-priced, poor quality production job can cost you money in lost sales. A late delivery can also cost you sales.