You benefit from our extensive prepress and book printing expertise when you print your book with us. Attention to detail, prepress document checks and value added design and marketing services will help assure your book is printed properly the first time.
When printing books, we guarantee our workmanship and that the quality of your final product will be to your satisfaction. Our presses will deliver a book that will standout on the shelves and make a lasting impression on your readers.
If you can’t afford it, it doesn’t matter how good it is. That’s why we offer the best-in-class pricing on prepress, printing, and binding. Plus we can even give you advice on how to best market your book. Give us a chance to quote your next book printing job and find out how much you can save.
Print Your Book with Confidence
Our commercial printers will deliver your book printing project right the very first time! Printing By Design will make sure that your book printing job is always correctly prepped to work on press, resulting in a professional looking book that stands out from the rest.
When you chose to print your book with Printing By Design, you can be assured of:
- Value. You won’t pay a penny more than necessary as we make sure your files are correct BEFORE your book gets on press. We also make sure that the press your job runs on is the correct one for your book’s specifications.
- Quality. Not only will your book be printed to the industry’s highest standards, but it will receive first class bindery services that result in a very professional quality publication.
- Expediency. Your book printing job is very important to us, and you can be confident that it will receive the attention it deserves in order to get it out the door by your deadline. We even offer rush processing when you’re behind schedule and under the gun.
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Frequently Asked Book Questions
On What Type of Printing Press Will My Book Be Printed?
That usually depends on the quantity of books you are printing. Typically, for runs of 1,000 books or less, the Xerox Docutech Digital Publishing System will provide the highest quality and cost effective product. For larger runs, a rotary web press which prints at very high speed on giant roles of paper is the most cost effective solution.
The advantages of web printing is lower cost per page and a much high volume output, so you’ll get your books faster. Docutech prints on individual pages, which is both slower and more expensive per page. However, Docutech arguably provides a superior quality product due to its higher line screen and ability to use better quality paper.
If your utmost concern is quality, we can always quote a larger run on the Docutech and you can decide. Regardless, the quality of books printed at Printing By Design on either type of press will always be of the highest industry standards.
What is the Quality Difference Between Press Types?
Generally speaking, book printing with a sheet fed press that runs more slowly and, in most cases, with a higher line screen, will generally offer a better print quality than web presses.
That said our web presses are heat-set web presses, which will provide better quality than printing companies that only offer cold-set web presses, even when the line screen is equal. This is because heat-set presses can use coated paper stock which allows the ink to sit on top of the paper, providing crisper text and images. Those commercial printing companies utilizing non heat-set web presses will produce books that have less sharp text and images, due to the fact that ink sinks into the uncoated paper and has a tendency to spread.
What paper choices do you offer?
The usual paper stocks for printing books are as follows:
For the text, (also referred to as the “guts” by the book printer) the two most common paper stocks are 50# offset and 60# offset. The latter will have less show through of the ink to the other side since it is a thicker stock. Sometimes if the page count is very low a 70# can be used, especially for short runs just so the spine is thick enough to perfect bind (paper back bind).
If you want the press printing your book to use a higher grade than normal, specify an “opaque” offset, which usually means whiter and brighter.
For the cover, the standard grading used is a point grade (either 10 pt or 12 pt C1S). The C stands for coated and the 1S refers to the coating on only one side (that being the outside). A 2S would indicate coating on both the inside and outside of the cover. Be sure to always specify a strong coating on the cover to protect it from scratching. Request either a film lamination or UV roll on liquid lamination.
Is Page Count Important in Controlling Costs When Printing Books?
Yes, you always want to be press efficient when professionally printing a book in order to get the best pricing possible. Whether using large sheet fed presses or roll stock paper on a web press, printers lay out multiple pages in “press forms” or “signatures”. The only time this is not the case is in digital printing with the Docutech press.
Most presses at printing companies, using an approximate 8.5 x 11″ letter-sized page, are equipped to run sixteen pages per press form or signature. This means that if your book has a 5.5 x 8.5″ approximate page size, the press will print 32 to 64 pages per press form.
Yield is also important and will affect your price. The most cost effective way to print is by doing so with as many complete forms as possible. As page count incrementally increases, you will see a better per-page-price for the cost of printing a book, as larger press forms can be utilized. This holds true unless your page count overflows the form slightly and an additional, smaller form is needed to print the remaining pages.
For example, if your book printer is creating a 96-page publication for you, then you are optimally using three, 32-page forms. In other words, it is more cost effective on a per page basis to print sixteen pages, rather then just eight.
The reason you always see blank pages at the back, is due to this fact. So, too it actually saves you money to print eight pages rather than only four.
Can I Print My Book From a Word Processing File?
Unfortunately, you cannot. While printing from word processing applications like Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect as sometimes okay for short documents composed of mostly just text, they will not work when printing image heavy and long form publications.
The design programs that produce files that are acceptable by most all book printing companies are typically Adobe InDesign, and Quark XPress, although most prefer a properly formatted PDF file. Books can also be created in Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw, however for those having greater than just a few pages, the lack of style syncing and Master pages create more manual work for the designer than is necessary.
Another problematic program for laying out books that are going to be professionally printed is Microsoft Publisher. Along with Word and WordPerfect, Publisher does not offer the same imposition ability (page manipulation used to create the press forms/signatures) that allows a book to be properly printed. Also, many times copy flows from computer to computer and version to version, so what the printer prints may be substantially different than what you created on your computer.
Microsoft Publisher also has another problem unique to itself when used for printing books. Its text boxes and picture boxes, if you do not set them up perfectly, can overlap and obscure sections of text when printed. Worse still, this missing text often times does show as hidden on your computer screen, so you only find out once the book is on press.
If you are stuck with the programs that generally are not acceptable, ask us for help in converting the files for you in the best and most cost effective fashion.
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What is Your Printing Guarantee?
Printing By Design guarantees your project will be free from any defect in workmanship that will materially affect your project, or we will run it again. ABSOLUTELY FREE.
If we fail to accurately reproduce your graphic design to match the proof, by PIA standards, we shall print your piece again. ABSOLUTELY FREE.
Be aware that variances occur from press to press, and even paper to paper and most times there will be noticeable variances from what your desk top printer can reproduce as compared to a printing press. While we guarantee our printing will be free from defects, we cannot guarantee that the color will be exactly what you are expecting.
If your job is color critical, please request a digital color proof and/or a press check to make sure that your digital files will output the colors you are expecting before printing the full product run.