Article Category - "Printing"


Independent Articles
Elizabeth Turnbull, December 2016
Print on Demand or Offset? Let Your Presales Answer »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Editor, Light Messages Publishing Nearly all independent publishers today must wrestle with the question that plagues the production of every title: print on demand (POD) or offset printing? With a few exceptions, such as board books, gift books, or high-end coffee table books, nearly every title produced today …

December 2016
Printer Checklist & Shipping Questions to Ask »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Peter Goodman, Stone Bridge Press, and Dave Peattie, Whereabouts Press When requesting an estimate from a printer, here is the information to provide in order to get a detailed and accurate quotation: Trim size Quantity Page count Delivery destination(s) Project title (It may be safer to use the author’s last name …

Deb Vanasse, December 2016
Print Production: An Array of Options »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent staff reporter The flexible nature of independent publishing allows you to select the processes and printers that match your needs. To paraphrase Mark Twain’s famous quip, rumors of the death of print have been greatly exaggerated. As technological advances improve the quality and cost of production, print …

Todd Pollack, December 2016
Committing to Environmental Excellence »

PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2016 by Todd Pollack, Director, Green Press Initiative In 2006, Random House became the first large publisher to adopt a formal environmental policy, but many independent publishers were using environmentally responsible paper long before then and helped demonstrate that using such paper in books was possible and economically feasible. Since 2006, most of …

Karla Olson, May 2016
Digital Book World: Tales From the Front »

PUBLISHED MAY 2016 by Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books Digital Book World (DBW) is a fascinating juxtaposition of two business worlds, publishing and technology. These two worlds should have always been connected but have only recently aligned due to the e-book explosion. The main message of this year’s conference—which took place March 7–9, 2016, in …

Linda Carlson, June 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 2 »

When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand, and posted a similar query on industry LinkedIn sites, hundreds of you responded—with recommendations that make sense for all of us, whether we’re new to POD or new to all of publishing. Last month, the first part of this series discussed pre-press options and …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, where she has just published Advertising with Small Budgets for Big Results using print-on-demand, and where she is at work on Part 2 of “POD Problem-Solving.” INTRODUCTION: When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand and posted a similar query on selected LinkedIn …

Lawrence Knorr, Dave Biesel, Dinah Sanders, Mark Givens, Bernadette Soehner, Newt Barrett, Ruth Donald, Jay Nadeau, and Chris Cornell, November 2013
What POD Can Do: Part 3 »

What POD Can Do, Part 3 The reports from IBPA members that you’ll read here reflect, and to some extent document, one of the biggest and most important publishing revolutions ever. Like members’ contributions to the first two parts of this series, this collection shows that stubborn financial barriers to book production have crumbled to …

Lin Pardey, Shel Horowitz, Dawei Dong, Sheri McGuinn, Dick Margulis, Jim Pennypacker, Gordon Burgett, Linda Watson , October 2013
What POD Can Do: Part 2 »

What POD Can Do, Part 2 October 2013 “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean,” Humpty Dumpty told Alice in Wonderland. As you’ve probably noticed, we take pretty much the same position about “POD” here in our world. Sometimes, of course, we use it to mean what its …

Robert Rosenwald, Mary Shafer, Rod Colvin, Shannon Okey, Dan Poynter, Eugene G. Schwartz, Matt Conmy, Marcia Breece, Devorah Fox, Corinne Kantor, Susan Wittig Albert, Peter Goodman, Mary Nickum, September 2013
What POD Can Do: Part 1 »

What POD Can Do, Part 1 Print-on-demand technology is a major driver of success for independent publishers. That conclusion stems from reports by IBPA members which also show that both relatively large, long-established publishers and brand-new, one-book publishers profit by using POD. And they show that independent publishers pioneered with POD, just as they pioneered …

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