Yearbook Printing

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Advanced Print & Finishing offers top quality custom annual and yearbook printing with the best customer service available. We know you have a choice when it comes to the printer you choose, and we forge personal relationships with close communication that the bigger guys can’t match.

Why We’re Different

One thing that sets us apart is that we handle all printing in-house on our own offset and digital presses. This means we are here to work with you every step of the way, from the moment you first contact us until you have the final product in your hands.

Specialties

– Schools

While we are equipped to produce any type of yearbook, we primarily focus on elementary and middle school yearbooks. We also produce other school materials including:

Sports Catalogs
Memory Books
School Stationary, Planners, Posters, Folders and more

– Other Yearbooks

We also produce other specialty books, including:

Military Yearbooks
Religious Organizations Materials (such as Church Directories)
Family History Books

No matter what you need, let us know and we’ll make sure we can make it happen for you!


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America’s Favorite Books

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by David Rogers

America's Favorite Books

America’s favorite book is the Bible.

A new Harris Poll asked more than 2,000 adults in the U.S. to name their favorite book, and the Bible came in number one across all different demographics. Number two overall is “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, followed by the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

These top two spots remain the same from the previous Harris Poll asking the same question back in 2008. Rowling’s series, however, has moved up one spot in those eight years, switching places with the Lord of the Ring Series by J.R.R. Tolkien, which now comes in at number four. Rounding out the top five is the classic Harper Lee novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Of the remaining five books, only “The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger, appeared on the list in both 2008 and 2014 (it jumped from number 10 in 2008 to number seven this year). “Moby Dick,” “Little Women,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Great Gatsby” are all new to the list this year.

Those that didn’t make the cut this year

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On the Bookshelves of the Famous

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by David Rogers

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For many book lovers, there’s a certain and exciting thrill in knowing what other book lovers read. Discovering and comparing favorites, shared interests and shared hatreds add to said thrill.

These are the bonds we share as book lovers – whether we know one another or not. And though the intimate knowledge of another’s book shelf is just that – intimate – it’s like we can’t look away.

All that is to say there is quite a thrill indeed in getting an inside peak at the bookshelves of those we will never meet. The famous and the dead. The great authors and the fictitious.

Fortunately, if this is the type of thing that you look forward to, the folks over at Bid 4 Papers have put together an infographic depicting famous people’s bookshelves – taken from a variety of interviews and other sources.

What is John F. Kennedy’s favorite book? Well, he likes “The Emergence of Lincoln” and “From Russia with Love.” Books Madonna likes include “The Little Prince” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Joey Tribbiani’s favorites include “10 Ways to Get Better at Acting” and “The Shining” (so we’re told).

See many more favorites of famous people by clicking here or on the photo above.


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Kickstarter Users Pledge $1.24 Million Every Day

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by David Rogers

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How much is pledged to Kickstarter every day? $1.24 million is how much.

Wow.

Kickstarter just released its financials for the first quarter of 2014, and the numbers show that a total of more than $112 million has been pledged to the various campaigns live on the site from January to March. During that time, 4,497 projects have been successfully funded. As far as backers go, 887,848 people donated to projects during that time period, and 679,413 of those were new backers.

These figures come about a month after the company revealed that a total of $1 billion has been pledged to projects throughout the history of the site.

And in the midst of all the projects and the millions of dollars is the publishing category, where authors of all manner and ilk raise money to turn their dreams into books.

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Book Printing Review – Kay Westberry

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I feel like I know you as friends…

I feel like I know you as friends. Thanks for everything you did to make my book’s printing and binding outstanding. 

– Kay Westberry

 

Oak Grove Cemetery by Kay Westberry

 

From APF: Kay Westberry worked with us to print her book, “Oak Grove Cemetery: Quiet Reflections on the History of Saint Marys and It’s People.” It was a pleasure to work with Kay on her great book!


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The 3 REAL Reasons Writers Need a Google Plus Account

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by David Rogers

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If you’ve been a writer for any amount of time you already know the importance of social media to your career. If you don’t know yet, you soon will.

Facebook and Twitter seem to be the platforms the majority of authors are most comfortable with, and depending on what you write (and the type of person you are) you may also find usefulness in other places like LinkedIn and Pinterest.

But why should you also have a Google Plus account as a writer?

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Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer & More: A TED Talk on the Importance of Crowdfunding to the Arts

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by David Rogers

Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms continue to gain popularity and become more and more familiar to internet users around the world. Of course, this is inherently great for the sites since they rely on those very users to fund the myriad of projects being created every day.

Because of the growing popularity, it’s great when creators – particularly those with successful crowdfunding experiences – speak in-depth about the platforms. And that’s exactly what happens in this video, a collaboration between Skype and the consistently great TED.

Author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler sat down with TED Ideas Editor Helen Walters to discuss creative crowdfunding at an intricate level. Other panelists including Ivan Askwith (“Veronica Mars”) and Tim Schafer (Double Fine Productions) joined the conversation via Skype.

As Walters put it, the conversation is primarily about “what is working and what’s not working” in crowdfunding – but the panelists dive deep into the questions rather than keep tops at the generic level. Musician Frank Bell is the only panelist that hasn’t previously had big success on Kickstarter, and uses the opportunity to ask many of the questions many creatives new to crowdfunding have. It’s nice to see answers coming from those that have already done it.

Definitely worth a watch if you’re thinking of using Kickstarter or any of the other crowdfunding sites to fund your self-published book. You also can check out our own article on how the different platforms work for writers.


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What Goes Here: The Copyright Page

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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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How to Register the Copyright For Your Book

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by David Rogers

The Copyright Symbol

There is often a bit of confusion when it comes to copyright protection and registration, but registering your book is actually a pretty simple process.

First of all, much of the confusion comes from the fact that copyright protection and copyright registration are two separate things. Copyright protection comes automatically as soon as a work is created. No further action (including publication, printing or registration) is required for a work to be protected.

Here’s how the Copyright Office puts it:

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Book Printing Review – Bruce Hasenyager

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…you made it educational and enjoyable.

Your Advanced Print & Finishing team not only made the work possible, you made it educational and enjoyable. Every member of the team I interacted with was friendly and helpful. You answered my questions thoroughly, sometimes even before I asked them. At every stage you turned around my questions and the production steps promptly and professionally. 

– Bruce Hasenyager

 

Hours and Days by Bruce Hasenyager

 

From APF: Bruce Hasenyager worked with us on his book “Hours and Days,” and we’re so glad he was pleased with the end result!


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