Print on Demand Versus Short Run Printing

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by David Rogers

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Print on Demand (POD) has become increasingly popular over the past few years, as the printing method allows self-published authors and independent book publishers to print copies of books only as needed. Despite POD’s popularity, however, it’s often still more cost effective to use short run printing, even for a relatively small quantity of books.

Many times short run printing ends up not only being less expensive than POD, but also provides a better quality final product. Here we’ll take a look at the differences between print on demand and short run printing, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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A (Brief) History of Printing [Infographic]

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UPrinting.com posted with this awesome infographic last year that explores the history of printing from the eighth century through the early 1940s. This is super cool and informative, though it could probably use another section or two for the recent rise of digital printing.

To check out the entire graphic, you can either click here or just click the photo preview above.

 


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Book Cover Stock Options for Paperback Books

by David Rogers

The book cover stock you choose for your paperback book does more than just impact the visual impression your book makes on your reader, it also determines how the book will feel in your reader’s hands. Though these aren’t the kinds of details readers necessarily consciously consider, as an author you’ll want to choose the cover that best fits your vision for the work.

Here at Colorwise, one of the questions we get quite a bit is, ‘what kind of cover stock is best for my book?’ In reality, the answer comes down to quite a few factors, including the type of book you’ve written and what you’ll want to use as your cover art. We’ve put together a list of the most common cover stock options for paperback books to give you a better idea of the options available.

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Colorwise Printing Reviews – Rick Riley

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We printed Rick Riley’s book of poetry “Love” — thanks for the kind words!


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World’s First 3D Printed Book Now Available

by David Rogers

3D Printing of On Such a Full Sea

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There’s no doubt that 3D printing is a hot buzzword right now, and in some cases the new technology is living up to the hype. From cars to hearts (the former now available, the latter coming soon!), the technology seems to be the wave of the future.

However, as traditional printers we wonder if the added dimension can still be labeled ‘printing’? Some in the print industry have weighed in with a resounding ‘NO!’ (“3D Printing needs a new name”), but the name seems to be sticking around, at least for now.

Regardless, despite the common word, book printing and 3D printing have safely kept their distance from each other… until now. Today, Riverhead Books released the first 3D printed book, produced in conjunction with 3D Printing company Makerbot.

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Why Are Books Good for You? Because They Literally Alter the Mind

by David Rogers

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It’s unlikely that anyone would argue that reading is bad for you, but we now know a little more about exactly why reading is good for you. Emory University – right down the street from us in Atlanta – has released a new study finding that reading novels heightens brain activity. What’s more, that increased connectivity can linger for days after you have finished reading.

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New Year’s Resolutions from Mark Twain, Charles Bukowski, Bob Dylan and Other Writers

by David Rogers

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The folks over at the Telegraph have put together a list of quotes about New Year’s resolutions from 30 authors. Other than the fact that they refer to “U.S. President Benjamin Franklin,” the list is pretty stellar. The best quote comes from Mark Twain, and really, I’ve never seen a list of quotes that included one from Twain where his wasn’t the best. Here’s what he has to say about resolutions:

“New Year’s Day: now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual . . . New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions.”
Mark Twain

[*Update: The Telegraph has corrected the Franklin error.]

There’s actually part of the above Twain quote that was left out in the Telegraph article, which I think should probably also be included:

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Is the Book Really Better than the Movie? Yes, it is. [Infographic]

You’ve probably heard it many times: some variation of, “Yeah, the movie’s okay, but you have to read the book — it’s so much better.”

But is it really? Well, according to this infographic from LoveReading.co.uk, the answer is “Yes” in most cases. The chart gives an aggregate account of the critical reception of popular movies and the books they are based on from the past 22 years. Let the arguments begin! Click here or the image below for the full graphic!

Books vs. Films Infographic


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Colorwise Printing Reviews – Pierre Augier

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Colorwise printed the book “Illusion et Innovation” for Pierre Augier. His company is TRINC, Inc.


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The Next Big Thing in Book Design: The Deluxe Edition Book

by David Rogers

We’ve come to that time of year again where it seems everyone online is scrambling to put out as many “best-of” lists as possible. When it comes to book lists, I’ve added to my reading list for the New Year by perusing the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2013 (which includes fiction and non-fiction), and it also was pretty interesting to see the top selling books on Amazon for 2013 (not-so-spoiler alert: Dan Brown holds the top spot).

There have been many other lists, too. But one I found particularly interesting was Buzzfeed’s list of 19 great cover designs. Though I don’t usually turn to the social site looking for a book recommendation, the list lead me to think about the future of book design.

Looking into the Future of Book Design: Deluxe Editions

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