Book printing is an art that has evolved over time. It is an ancient art that has changed over time. Its inception has a long history and its evolution has an interesting story. There are several methods that can be applied in the course of printing a book, but for printing a book properly some specific steps should be followed in a thorough manner. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ed Corvelli from Easy Street Print, the go-to book printer NYC residents use. He ran me through some book printing basics.
Getting back to the basics is the first tip that should be adhered to in order to print a book perfectly. To complete this first step a printer has to gather some basic information like page count, quantity and the final trim size of the book. Such information is needed to determine price estimation. One must take into account the fact that one of the basic step is to plan the book printing and such planning beings with the delivery date. The blocking time on appropriate presses and other equipment are included in the planning process, and along with this, ensuring the proper availability and supply of paper is also a part of the basic planning process.
The second tip is entirely related to the prior page count. It is to be noted that book pages are usually printed as signatures or multiple pages that are laid out on a single sheet of paper. And that is the reason why page counting becomes necessary. Common trim sizes are designed to fit 8 to 32 pages on each sheet, and that is yet another reason why prior page count is essential in a thorough manner.
The third tip is that, you have to consider the formatting of your book on a prior basis. It must be noted that oblong layouts can be less economical to produce and hence, you have to make your printer aware of the fact that whether or not your book will be bound in portrait or in landscape format.
The fourth tip is that the printer has to always keep in mind that there is a difference between page counts and sheet counts. It must be noted that in the printing world, page refers to one side of a whole sheet and therefore, a book with 100 pages would require 50 sheets. As this can be confusing and could cause confusion between the designers and printers, it is your responsibility that you count your book’s pages on a prior basis in an effective manner. You have to inform the number of pages to be printed and not the number of sheets.
To have paper in stock properly is the fifth tip. You must consult with your printer about the quality and texture of papers that are going to be used to print the book. For both the text pages and cover of the book, you should consult with your printer on a prior basis so that no confusion arises in the long run. Usually printers maintain an inventory of house stocks and you should encourage your printer to do the same. You must supply your printer will all the printing specifications because this would allow you to make appropriate recommendations for inks and for coatings.
As for the sixth tip, you have to keep in mind the fact that, there are certain aspects that should be communicated to your printer which include ink coverage, bleeds and areas of critical registration.
Finally, you have to determine the method of book binding. You have to inform your printer if he/she is going to provider in-house binding services. You must also inform if you prefer a particular binding method for your project. Such information alleviates the degree of confusion in the long run.