Article Category - "Printing"


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Peter Goodman, July 2017
Indie Books for Indie Bookshops »

PUBLISHED JULY 2017 by Peter Goodman, Publisher, Stone Bridge Press I read recently in Business Insider that Amazon’s strategy for making its brick-and-mortar stores successful hinged on three factors: exploiting big data to tailor the store’s offerings to its local demographic; reducing inventory to only a few thousand titles of proven sales potential; and adding …

Karla Olson, June 2017
Even a Small Publisher Can Print Sustainably »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books As a small publisher, you have to depend on many in the industry for expertise and best practices on the myriad aspects of the publishing process. This can lead to a cacophony of opinions and advice at every stage, from good writing and professional editing to …

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 …

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