7 Embarrassing Book Printing and Publishing Mistakes

Small publishers and self-publishers alike face many choices when bringing a book to market.  Things like printing, marketing, distribution, inventory management and sales are all balls to keep in the air.  There’s no shortage of information on the best ideas to handle these business decisions but not a lot on the mistakes people make along the way.  Here are some common (and very costly) mistakes made by both small publishers and self-publishers alike.

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How to Make Print-Ready Files

PDF logoPrepress departments spend an enormous amount of time fixing files so that they can be put through the book manufacturing process. There could be any number of errors from missing fonts and misconfigured bleeds to poor image resolution and improper encoding of a PDF file. Here’s how you make a print ready PDF that most commercial printers and book manufacturers won’t have to fix.
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5 Tips for Digital Printing Success

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Despite huge advances in digital printing, publishers may still be averse to using it. It’s no surprise that there are still hold outs considering the low-quality that used to be equated with books manufactured on a digital printing press. Today, digitally printed books are virtually indistinguishable from those manufactured on an offset press. Here are some tips for authors and publishers to get the most out of digital book printing.

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Helping Self-publishers Understand Their Printing Quote

book-printingPrinters use their own set of lingo when referring to pretty much anything about the book manufacturing process.  Most of this is rooted in the traditional relationships printers have with large publishing houses that used to dominate the publishing industry.  Printers have slowly had to transition to working with a rapidly growing base of self-publishing clients that have erupted over the past decade.  Here are some common terms authors and small publishers might see on a printing quote and what they mean.

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