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October 28th, 2014

Different Paper Types for Book Printing

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by David Rogers

Paper Types for Book Printing

An important choice you’ll make about your book printing project is the paper type you will use as the inside stock of your book. This will define the look and feel of your book along with your binding type and cover stock choices.

If you take a look at the paper options on our quote page, you’ll see quite a few options for “Inside Text Stock.” However, understanding a bit about these different kinds of paper and how they will affect your specific project will make the decision fairly simple.

Two Primary Paper Types: Coated v. Uncoated

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September 17th, 2014

Book Headbands and Endbands

by David Rogers

Endbands

While we looked into book headbands and endbands briefly in our article on hardcover books, we wanted to delve a little deeper into the popular option available for case bound and case wrapped hardcover books.

What are Headbands?

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September 2nd, 2014

How to Embed Fonts in Your Word Document to Create a Print Ready PDF

by David Rogers

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When making a print-ready PDF to send to us, one thing you’ll want to be sure to do is embed the fonts in your file. As mentioned in our article how to convert your Word Document to a PDF document, this is one of the final steps in making sure your file prints exactly the way you intend it to.

After exploring the steps of how to embed fonts from Word to PDF we’ll get into the specifics of why you need to embed fonts.

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August 12th, 2014

Types of Leather Book Covers

by David Rogers

Leather book covers provide a unique and distinctive look for your case bound book. Knowing the different types of leather available will allow you to choose what cover will work best for your book project.

A quick note: if you are printing a hardcover book you have two general choices: case wrapped and case bound. Leather is only available for case bound books – case wrapped have a printed image on the cover.

Our standard case bound books are covered in book cloth that comes in a variety of colors. There are many other book cover options available as well, including linen. Please get in touch with us to learn more about the different options available.

But choosing the type of leather best for your project may be a bit confusing due to the variety of leather available. To give you a better idea of what you’ll be getting with the different types of leather you can choose for your book binding, below are the characteristics of the three types of leather we offer for your books.

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June 9th, 2014

Is it in the Public Domain? How to Check the Copyright Status of a Book

by David Rogers

Almost any book published before 1923 is currently in the public domain. But for books published in 1923 and after, copyright status is determined by a number of factors.

A book’s copyright status can get confusing very quickly, but fortunately the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Center at Berkeley Law has created a handbook to help determine whether a specific work is in the public domain. Posted below is the master flowchart from the handbook, and if you need more information check out the “Is It in the Public Domain?” [PDF] handbook at the Berkeley Law website. In addition to additional flowcharts, the handbook also includes just about anything you’d ever need to know about copyright status.

Click the flowchart for a full-size version of the image!

Flowchart: Public Domain Books, Explained

May 27th, 2014

How to Change the Paper Size in your Word Document

by David Rogers

The default layout in Microsoft Word is probably familiar to most of us by now: 8.5″ x 11″ inches in the U.S. and A4 in most other places around the globe. The margins around the pages preset at a seemingly familiar 1 inch on each side.

However, our book customers know well that as good as those dimensions are for legal documents, letters and more, they are not always ideal for book printing projects. Here at Colorwise we do print some books that are 8.5″ x 11″, but we also have many other common print sizes (5.5″ x 8.5″ and 6″ x 9″, to name just two). And if the book you’re writing is any size other than the standard default Word size, you’ll want to adjust your pages to represent that size.

Not only will this give you a better representation of what your book will look like as you are working on it, it will also give you an accurate page count to use for your book printing quote.

In addition to changing your paper size, you’ll likely also need to adjust the margins. We’ve written an article with instructions on how (and why) to do just that.

Changing the paper size of your Word Document

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May 21st, 2014

How to Convert .doc to PDF for Book Printing

by David Rogers

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There was a time not so long ago that the prospect of creating a PDF file from a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) struck fear into the hearts of Windows users around the globe. The program – the most widely used word processor – just didn’t include this useful function.

We saw it too often. Many book printing customers we work with write in Word, but we need a PDF file to start the prepress process if you’re not working with Adobe InDesign or Photoshop files (more on why this is in just a bit).

Fortunately the process is easier today, as Windows versions of Word now have PDF functionality built in (Mac versions have had the option for quite some time).

Here’s how to convert your .doc files to PDFs to make them print ready, no matter which version of Word you have. We’ve divided the instructions up by the different operating systems and different versions of Word.

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May 12th, 2014

Kickstart Your Kickstarter Book Project

As I write this, there are 17,481 projects on Kickstarter that fall under the “Publishing” label. Of that impressive amount, many are – at least in part – raising money to cover book printing costs.

We’re pretty big fans of Kickstarter here at Colorwise, and have served as the book printer for quite a few projects from the crowdfunding site. Working with these authors, we’ve learned how important keeping book printing quality up and prices down is to running a successful campaign.

But we also know finding the right print method and the right printer can be a little tricky, particularly if you’re new to the printing game. We’ve put together a series of articles on the best ways to successfully fund your self-published book on Kickstarter.

Check out the articles below, and let us know if there are any other questions you have about self-publishing with Kickstarter – we’re glad to help.

Self-Publish With Kickstarter: How it Works

What Type of Printing Should You Use for a Kickstarter Book Project?

How to Choose a Book Printer for Your Kickstarter Book

March 19th, 2014

What Goes Here: The Copyright Page

by David Rogers

A Copyright Page Example

Throughout our years of printing books, we’ve gotten quite a few questions about what to include on the copyright page. Though you can find the ubiquitous page in just about every book you pick up, we don’t often stop to consider exactly what information the page contains.

The information listed on the copyright page — also called the Edition Notice page — varies from book to book depending on a number of factors. While there is some information that should be included, some is either optional or dependent on those other factors.

Copyright Notice

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March 4th, 2014

Digital vs. Offset Book Printing

by David Rogers

Vintage Offset Press

Nearly every new book released today was created on one of two machines: a digital press or an offset press. Naturally this leads to questions concerning the difference between the two, and which is better.

As you may guess since both kinds of printing are still used, neither method holds a clear overall advantage over the other. The choice of which to use depends on a number of factors concerning your particular book project, including quantity, content and budget.

Offset Printing

Offset printing has been around for well-over 100 years and is still the most popular method for high volume commercial printing. Here’s a simplified version of how this type of printing works:

The image (and/or text) to be printed is burned onto a metal plate – these days this is procedure is typically done using computers. This plate is then installed on a cylindrical roller in the offset press (labeled “Plate cylinder” in the diagram below), then ink and water are added. The ink adheres to the portion of the plate with an image or text, while the water – which naturally separates from ink – covers the remainder of the roll and acts as a film preventing ink from being transferred to a second cylinder that is directly under this cylinder (labeled “Offset cylinder” below).

This second cylinder in the chain is covered with a rubber “blanket.” Ink is transferred from the plate on the top roller to this blanket. The paper is fed directly under the roller with the blanket, so ink is transferred once again from the blanket to the paper. This is probably most easily understood with a diagram:

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