New Publishing Sale Thursday, Feb 26 2009 

Upgrade your color soft binding to color hard binding for just pennies more. This drastic savings is only available through March 30, 2009. Visit www.gregathcompany.com/salep.html for all the information.

It’s not easy being green… Wednesday, Feb 25 2009 

There is a lot to be said for “being green”. Gregath Publishing is pleased to announce that we have ongoing efforts in materials and energy economy. Some which were instigated when we opened in 1970. A printer may not seem like a good match as a business interested in saving the planet. However, we have always been interested in waste management and proactive economy. Responsible production enriches all our lives and boosts the quality of life we enjoy today. Join us in doing things to help our environment.

We

  • Use papers with manufacturer recycled content.

  • Offer e-books as an option to printed publication.

  • Accept manuscripts and other original materials digitally.

  • Do quite a bit of customer communication electronically.

  • Maintain a website of over 2,500 pages of information to refer customers to, rather than sending everyone individual literature. Traditionally printed material is still available upon request.

  • We offer some proofing services digitally.

  • Our digital print system eliminates the step of plate making, thus deleting the consumables produced in offset printing.

  • Pre-consumer recycling paper printed on one side – it is used in our FAX, as transitory print outs (such as edit drafts), scratch paper, etc.

  • None of our staff use vehicles during lunch breaks.

  • Many of our staff walk or bicycle to work.

  • Staff doesn’t use disposable coffee or drink cups.

  • Battery chargers are promptly unplugged when charging is complete.

  • Our front offices, as well as production facilities have always used fluorescent lighting responsibly – we are slowly making the switch to compact fluorescent.

  • Shredder output (uncoated) is offered to staff for garden mulch.

  • Participate in “waste” paper recycling.

  • Our waste percentage in production is between 2-5%, rather than the industry standard of 10%.

  • Shop rags are cleaned and reused.

  • Spills are kept to a minimum – thus reducing cleaning chemical use.

  • Used colored slip sheets are padded and given to school children.

  • No where in our facilities are air freshening or scenting products used.

Items in green are things we do to primary recycle. These recycling efforts are 100% as there is no additional processing to prepare for the secondary use.

Early peak of the webpage www.gregathcompany.com/green.html to be published sometime this week.

July 2006, V5#7: Marketing Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

Encourage Repeat Customers (Periodical Focus)

Options that will not add to the cost of a periodical may include: 
Work with label producer on special label marking, maybe even a different label: clear/white, etc.) and note this in the issue. Can even be done by hand such as an highlighted label, a star sticker, etc.  Additional Tip:  Never use the same marking two years (or subscription spans) in a row.
 

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/marketingsubscriptions.html  

July 2006, V5#7: Production Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

Hard Copy Manuscript

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind during the preparation process of a hard copy manuscript is “what you see, is what you get”. For the best results use a smooth white paper.  Expensive “top of the line” computer paper is not necessary, a good “typing” copy machine or all purpose paper is fine.  Avoid colored (cream, gray, etc.), aged colored and textured (pebbled, linen finish, etc.) as well as ultra thin (onionskin, etc.) papers. Make sure that the print is clear, consistent and as dark as possible throughout. In the end, you will be much happier if the typewriter or (non-Laser or DeskJet) printer used contains a carbon film ribbon, is in good mechanical working order and has clean unbroken strikers. More and more people are acquiring Laser or Bubble Jet/DeskJet printers and these make a very nice camera ready manuscript. In good faith, we can not recommend manual typewriters, fabric ribbons, dot matrix printers or low quality  DeskJet/Bubble Jet printers  for a good finished product. Electric typewriters, daisy wheel or ball printers and laser or Bubble Jet/DeskJet printers (on high quality settings) can be borrowed or rented in most areas.

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/udo.html  

July 2006, V5#7: Design Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

Some interesting items we has seen go into genealogy and family history books include: WWII Ration book and what was left of the family stamps, photos of boot camp (including the bugler), military unit photos, listing of cemeteries (and locations) in the book, advertisements from family business, Railroad Card, etc.  Anything that someone may have (or currently do today) kept in/for a scrapbook should be considered.

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/udo.html  

July 2006, V5#7: Definition Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

 *Leaf Attachment: How the pages of a text block are “bunched” together such as sewn by thread, adhesive, or non-ANSI/NISO/LBI Standard: staples.

Joint:  The grooves that run top to bottom (head to tail) on the outside of the cover itself, front and back, along which the boards hinge when they open.

Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.

Now accepting digital manuscripts online Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

As we continue to improve our services, we are pleased to announce that we can now accept and share digital files online – at no additional charge. We continue to discard email attachments, but we have arranged for a SkyBox where digital manuscripts and cover art files can be uploaded and allow customers to download full resolution files for viewing.

Publishing Prices Update Monday, Feb 23 2009 

    Small run publishing fees have had the following changes:

    • Manuscript check has changed from a flat $10.00 to $20.00 for up to 300 pages. Spot checking is still available at $10.00.
    • For full color bindings, we are instigating a design deposit. If a camera ready file doesn’t need any work during production, it will be applied toward the balance or refunded. If adjustments are necessary, the deposit will be used.

    • For ultra-small run soft bindings (less than 100), a setup fee may apply. This used to be $125.00. we are pleased to announce that most will now only be $75.00. If we can group projects, we will do so and return the fee to you.

Cave Spring Henrys Book Reprint Now Available Tuesday, Feb 17 2009 

Reprint News: The Cave Spring Henrys, by Benita Shields, original 1994, reprint 2009. 6.5×9.5″, color hardbound book, 362 pages, indexed, includes coats of arms, photos, documents and artwork. R246-$51.00 Now In Stock!!

February 2009, V8#2: Genealogy Monday, Feb 16 2009 

Web Site Lists Missing World War II Soldiers

Approximately 74,000 World War II soldiers have not had their remains recovered or identified.  In an attempt to aid in the recovery and identification process, the Missing Personnel World War II database was created.  The database is online at www.dtic.mil/dpmo/WWII_MIA/index.htm.  This first-ever comprehensive list is a project of the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office and was completed in 2004. 

The database was created by comparing and analyzing two sources:  “Rosters of Military Personnel Whose Remains Were Not Recovered” and “The World War II Rosters of the Dead.”  All discrepancies were settled by using the National Archives and official personnel files.  The database contains the name of the missing soldier, service number, rank, branch of service and the date of loss. 

The accounting for missing World War II service members is an ongoing project.  As remains are recovered and identified, their names are removed from the database. 

When the war ended in August 1945, over 79,000 known soldiers were unaccounted for.  This number included individuals buried as “unknown” lost at sea and missing in action. 

There are similar databases for those missing from the Korean War, the Cold War, Vietnam and the Gulf War.  More information and access to these databases are found at www.dtic.mil/dpmo.

This information was taken from Paul Follett’s column Tree Tracers published in the Lawton Constitution on April 21, 2008 – via SWOGS.

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