OK, you brag about the pictures you took of your wife, kids, pets or your art, but you can do more. You post the images on Face Book or Pinterest afterwards. Why not do something more unique and memorable that you can pass down and share with your entire family or friends at the office if they are photos of your office friends and or events? Why not memorialize your great photos in a book? Is your family less important than any subject you may consider buying as a coffee table book?
Think about archiving all of your great photographs in a soft cover or hard cover book. Hey, you may be even a more than average photographer, so why not memorialize your images in a very classy way, a photo book. If you need to make a presentation of your photographs, what better way than you presenting a “photo book” to your agent or publisher?
With the advent of digital printing, and by that I mean 100 percent filmless AND sans printing plates, you can print short run or even POD books at reasonable prices. With the newest iGen or Canon equivalent presses, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between the toner and an ink press production of book printing. The new technology now allows for a UV coating on the cover, just like you see in the retail book stores. Printing books has never been easier. No longer must you produce a minimal book printing run of 500 copies and spend thousands of dollars, as you can no print anywhere from one book, 50 books or whatever you need. You can become an overnight sensation as you are now a “published author” thanks to some minor effort on your behalf and that of a digital book printer.
The available options are almost endless in book printing when producing yours on a digital printing press from your book printer. You can choose a white gloss text weight stock, dull coated white or a natural white interior along with smooth offset stocks of any grade. What you cannot do is utilize any form of text or cover stock that is not smooth, such as linen or felt grade as the toner will not lay down evenly. Cover stocks can be smooth uncoated, dull or gloss but no thicker than 14 pts. It is advisable to use a C1S grade, for coated one side, as with smaller book printing binderies; the uncoated side has better adhesion with the glue.
Ink colors must be process CMYK or black, as none of these machines can print Pantones, except for the older Risograph of which to my knowledge cannot print process CMYK, as will be required for printing images during book printing. Another issue is size, as generally speaking the largest sheet that the iGen or Canon type of machines can produce is approximately 13 x 19”. While you can produce sheets this size, you will find it rather difficult to find a bindery who can bind them as a book. The longest length most case or perfect binder can accommodate is around 12-13” on the binding edge.
Your bindery styles that will be available to you for short run book printing are as follows: Perfect bind, which is your standard pocket book, case bind, which is the hard cover, library edition bind and which can come with a Kivar or similar hard back cover, a dust jacket or a children’s or text book type bind, where a gloss sheet is laminated around a board and sealed with gloss lamination and end sheets. If you are creating a book that needs to lay flat, there is not only “lay flat binding” but Wire-O, spiral and comb, should you need a spine to imprint. You therefore have a considerable amount of book printing options for bindery style.
Hi resolution images are a must. Your images will need to be clear and of high enough resolution to print well. Just because they look good on your screen does not mean that they will on paper for book printing. Your screen resolution is 72 dpi and commercial book printing is 300. If a hair less than 300, the digital machines are a bit more forgiving than their ink brethren, but don’t push your luck.
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