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is your minimum
you offer any
typesetting and cover design services?
book is setup in
Microsoft Word. Can I submit my publication in that file format?
types do you accept?
Can you print my project from
an existing book rather than using electronics files?
do I get my ISBN,
Library of Congress, and Copyright info?
is C1S cover stock?
I have my books
is a bleed, and
why do you ask if there are any bleeds on the text pages of my project?
does the acronym
PPI stand for?
you use acid free
book binds along
the short side. Can you do that type of binding?
does the acronym
PMS stand for?
is a good page
count for my book?
are your standard
is the difference
between cover coatings; Lamination, UV Coating, and Varnish?
should I provide my photos...
as JPEG or TIFF files?
you manufacture children's board books?
you offer distribution or marketing services?
Can I get
my book printed on recycled paper?
purchase a single ISBN number? R.R. Bowker (the ISBN agency) wants to
sell me a block of numbers.
your minimum print run?
A. We will produce as few as 100 books, but the
print run the lower the unit cost (price per book) will be. But we
understand that sometimes you might not need more than 100
offer any typesetting and cover design services?
A. We don't offer those services directly, but we
can give you some
recommendations of good qualified typesetters
and designers that can
assist you with file preparation.
Q. My book
is setup in Microsoft Word. Can I submit it in that file format?
A. Microsoft Word is not a program we support. You
will either need to
convert your Word files to a print ready PDF (with all fonts and
graphics embedded), or use another compatible file type. There is a
free PDF program you might want to try for converting your Word files
to PDF. Click the link for more information about Pdf995.
Electronic file types do you accept?
A. We support current versions of the following
applications on both Mac
and PC. Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe
Illustrator, Macromedia FreeHand, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat. If
the software you are using to create your pages is not listed above,
you can supply your files as PDF. Adobe has helpful information on
creating PDF files from various software programs. You can search for
yours in their customer support database at www.adobe.com.
Can you print my project from an existing book rather
than using electronic files?
Yes. We often get requests to scan
hardcopy pages, or a
copy of an existing book. Sometimes customers no longer have the
electronic files to submit. That's Ok. We can scan your text pages, and
cases scan and recreate an existing book cover as well. Do keep in mind
need to disassemble an existing book, so it will be destroyed in the
I get my ISBN, Library of Congress, and Copyright information?
You can find more information about these topics by visiting our links page.
C1S cover stock?
A. C1S is an abbreviation for Coated One Side. C1S
stock is the most
commonly used cover stock on perfect bound books. C2S stock (coated two
sides) is also available, and sometimes used for publications that have
printing on the inside cover.
have my books shrink-wrapped?
is a cellophane like material. When heated it shrinks to fit snugly
around a book. Books are shrink-wrapped prior to boxing and can be
wrapped individually or in groups. We do recommend shrink-wrap for
publications that use matte lamination and the cover prints in dark
colored inks. Matte lamination is much more likely to scuff than is
gloss lamination. The scuffing on matte lamination becomes considerably
more noticeable on dark colored covers.
is a bleed, and why do you ask if there are any bleeds on the text
pages of my project?
bleed is a printed image that extends to, or very near, the edge of the
text page. Depending on the trim size of your book, it could cost a
little more to have bleeds on your text pages. A larger press sheet
size may be needed to accommodate bleeds.
does the acronym PPI stand for?
A. Pages Per Inch. The spine bulk of a book is
calculated by taking the
total page count and dividing it by the PPI.
Do you use acid free paper?
A. Yes... all the book manufacturing companies we
work with use acid free
My book binds along the short side.
Can you do that type of binding?
A. Yes. We can do horizontal or
landscape binding. Please specify your
binding configuration when requesting a quote. The estimators will need
to know if your book binds along the short side to quote the project
does the acronym PMS stand for?
PMS stands for Pantone Matching System. This is a widely used system in
the graphic arts industry for matching colors. There are hundreds of
Pantone colors to choose from. A PMS book shows what a specific color
will look like when printed on coated or uncoated stock.
Q. What is a good page count for
A. Ideally the most economical page
a project produced by offset printing, is one that is divisible by 16
That would allow your book to be produced in full signatures.
As long as your page count is divisible by 4 that will work too. For
digitally printed books the page count just needs to
be divisible by 2. There
are minimum page count requirements for certain types of
us a call, or email us specific questions regarding your page count.
standard trim sizes?
common trim sizes are 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 7 x 10 and, 8.5 x 11. These
sizes also fit best in standard shipping cartons that most book
manufacturers stock. We can do a wide variety of sizes. You aren't
limited to the ones listed above.
is the difference between cover coatings; Lamination, UV Coating, and
Lamination - is a very durable film that is applied to covers
jackets to prevent ink from scuffing and creates a very nice finished
look. Lamination is applied using heat and pressure. Lamination is
available in gloss and matte finish. Keep in mind that matte lamination
is more likely to scuff than gloss lamination. Scuffing is especially
visible on dark colors.
Coating - is a liquid coating process and potentially
easily than lamination.
- is an inexpensive coating that is applied mainly to seal ink
and expedite the drying process of a printed press sheets. We do not
recommend this coating as it provides little protection
scuffing or scratching.
Q. How should I provide my
photos... as JPEG or TIFF files?
you manufacture children's board books?
A. TIFF format is
standard for most commercial and professional printing needs. We also
recommend that all halftones and 4-color photos be scanned at a
resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch).
A. We do not currently have a manufacturing source
produces children's board books in the United States.
you offer distribution and marketing services?
in book manufacturing only, but many of our customers have set up
marketing arrangements with Amazon
Warehousing and distribution you might want to contact Ware-Pak,
located in Illinois.
I get my book printed on recycled paper?
recycled text and cover stocks options. Recycled papers do cost a bit
more than virgin paper.
can I purchase my ISBN number?
A. R.R. Bowker (the ISBN agency) offers a single ISBN or a block of numbers.