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December 19th, 2013

BooksILove App: Mobile Book Recommendations

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by David Rogers

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These days technology makes it easier than ever to find recommendations on just about anything. Amazon recommends things to buy based on items you’ve bought before; Pandora plays you songs based on what you’ve listened to before.

When it comes to books, though, the algorithms that power the aforementioned services don’t work quite as well. Sure, Amazon will makes suggestions if you’ve purchased books on the site before, but in my experience those suggestions don’t tend to my expectations (particularly if I’m looking for a specific kind of read). Instead, whenever I’m at a loss for what to read next, I usually try to find a reader I trust to guide me toward my next book.

Word of Mouth in the 21st Century

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December 17th, 2013

Follow Colorwise on Social Media for Even More Print Industry News

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Can’t get enough book printing and other print industry news here on the Best Book Blog? Neither can we!

Now you can check us out on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date printing information and lots of other things we find interesting (and think you might, too!).

Click the Twitter and the Facebook logos below to visit our pages!

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December 13th, 2013

Self Publishing a Book: By the Numbers

by David Rogers

There hasn’t always been a wealth of in-depth information available concerning self-published authors or the industry as a whole. But a great survey last year by DigitalBookWorld.com and WritersDigest.com shed some light into the reasons why writers self publish a book and what they get out of it, both from a career and a monetary standpoint.

With the new year we’ll be getting an updated new report on the trends of those that are self publishing a book, as well as information on other types of writers. While the full results of the survey won’t be released until early next year, DigitalBookWorld.com has provided us with a sneak peak at next year’s results, which were again published by Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest, but this time along with Dana Beth Weinberg, a professor of sociology at Queens College.

How Much Do Self-Published Authors Make?

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December 6th, 2013

New Business Card Printing Tech: MEAT!

by David Rogers

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In addition to book printing, we also do a lot of business card printing here at Colorwise, and are proud to say that we can produce cards in just about any style you can think of. Need your business cards embossed? Not a problem. Gold foil stamped? We can handle it. Have a Patrick Bateman-style list of specifications? Also no problem.

However, there is a new way to print business cards that we unfortunately are not prepared to produce: business cards made of beef jerky. You read that correctly, the most delicious cards ever made – perhaps the only delicious cards ever made.

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November 30th, 2013

Making the Literary Visible

by David Rogers

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What is a literary cultural district? No one knows.

Seriously, even the group attempting to create the nation’s first such district — in Boston — doesn’t know exactly what they are attempting to start. But they are starting, which is where the story begins to get interesting.

Here’s what we do know: a group led by independent writing center Grub Street recently received a $42,500 planning grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, according to the Boston Globe. The group will begin planning for a new type of district, which they hope to open in 2015.

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November 29th, 2013

Number of Self-Published Books Up 59 Percent Last Year

by David Rogers

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How’s the self-publishing industry doing these days? Pretty well, it seems safe to say.

Recent numbers taken from ISBN data show that there were 391,000 self-published books released in 2012, representing a jump of 59 percent from the previous year. Perhaps even more impressive, that number is up 422 percent from 2007. The numbers are provided by Bowker, which provides bibliographic information management solutions.

Authors As Business Owners

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November 20th, 2013

Derek Jeter Gets Into the Book Publishing Game

by David Rogers

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It’s not every day that I get to write about baseball here on the Best Book Printing Blog. In fact, I fear I may never get to do so again, and thusly my beloved Atlanta Braves will be forever off limits for my list of blog topics.

Today, though, is a very special day. It’s time to tell the story of baseball book publishing; a story not often told.

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November 15th, 2013

World’s Largest Printed Movie Poster is Over 180 Feet Wide!

by David Rogers

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As a commercial printer, we can produce your book printing project in nearly any size you need, though most books we print tend to fall within the confines of certain measurements:

5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
6 in. x 9 in.
7 in. x 10 in.
8.5 in. x 11 in.

are all commonly requested sizes we hear from our customers. And though we’ve printed bigger books and larger images than the dimensions listed above, we haven’t yet received the call to really expand those numbers.

Maybe to something like, say, 2165 in. x 2322 in.

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November 8th, 2013

Infographic: Benefits of Reading

by David Rogers

You write books. We print books. All of us read books.

And we should read more, according to a new infographic reporting those that read more tend to be in better physical and emotional health than those that don’t. If you’re one of our neighbors to the north you’ll get some specialized information (this graphic was put together by Canada’s National Reading Campaign and CBC Books), and we’ll all enjoy the universal good news that reading reduces stress 600 percent more than video games. Writing can be an extremely cathartic process (sometimes!), and the benefits of reading your work can have the same effect on others.

To see the full image, click here or the preview below.

Infographic on the benefits of reading

November 6th, 2013

National Novel Writing Month: Write a Novel this November

by David Rogers

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. Not National Novel Writing Year (or Decade), but Month. And that month is now upon us.

Since 1999, every November has been dedicated as the time to write a novel in just one month. You may have seen it abbreviated far and wide on the internet as NaNoWriMo, and the concept is simple even if the execution is not (and it definitely isn’t).

How NaNoWriMo Works

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