E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 5: Define A-Z Thursday, May 2 2013 

ARC: abbreviation – Advanced Reading Copy

Archival (Quality): The use of this term varies from the logical definition of the individual words to a wide variety of standards – always have a company explain their definition.  See Also Archival webpage.  Below is a definition from “Preserving Family Keepsakes Do’s and Don’ts”, Ilene Chandler Miller, 1996:

“A term that suggests a material or item is permanent, durable and chemically stable and therefore safe for the preservation of our keepsakes.”

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/dictionary/writers.html

Run across a word that you don’t understand?  Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!

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February 2013 E-Zine (V12#2): Define Monday, Feb 11 2013 

Acid Free (Paper): The use of this term varies from the logical definition of the individual words to a wide variety of standards – always have a company explain their definition See Also Archival webpage. Having no acidity and no residual acid-producing chemicals. Below is a definition from “Preserving Family Keepsakes Do’s and Don’ts”, Ilene Chandler Miller, 1996:

“Any paper that contains an alkaline (pH higher than 7 or an absence of acid) base and is often lignin-free.”

Acid Transfer: The act of acid migrating from one object or item to another.  See Also Archival webpage.

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at
http://www.gregathcomany.com/info/dictionary and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/info/dictionary/writers.html

Run across a word that you don’t understand?  Try us – contact us with your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!

January 2013 E-Zine (V12#1): Define Thursday, Jan 17 2013 

With a new year, it’s a good time to start over and run the definitions A-Z. This doesn’t mean that if new lingo comes to light before the review is over that we won’t throw it in!

Absorbent Paper (see Paper): Covering a variety of papers made for absorbing water and inks (degrees vary).  Examples: duplicating, filter, blotting and toweling papers.

*Acid Free Books (see Archival): The use of this term varies from the logical definition of the individual words to a wide variety of standards – always have a company explain their definition.  An acid free book depend on internal (book materials) and external factors (chemical processes, environment, etc.).  See Also Archival webpage.

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/glosswrite.html

Run across a word that you don’t understand?  Try us – email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!

December 2012 E-Zine (V11#12): Production Wednesday, Dec 19 2012 

Consider using an archival photo mounting sleeve to place an actual photograph within your book. Today’s options can be easy to use and self-adhesive. Dedication to a special individual? Give your book buyers a special keepsake by placing a real picture within their book. This can “upgrade” a book by placing the photo and sleeve over a printed photo. Just one of many things that can go into producing a deluxe or keepsake edition. A lower lifetime idea would be to place on the book cover.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/insertitems.html

October 2005, V4#10: Production Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

A Little About Archival Quality

Internal Factors

  • Binding

The various binding processes that are employed take the same care to negate acidity as the care of paper selection noted above.

External Factors – Production

  • Gregath Printing Facility

Our printing plant is in a rural area with low air pollution.  While we are not a “white glove” facility, our employees are kept to a “clean hands” policy, which minimizes the amount of oils on the skin (guarding against acid transfer), as well as taking precautions to further lower particulates and chemicals in the air, in-house. Our physical plant is kept at an optimum temperature with a low relative humidity (down to 45%).

August 2005, V4#8: Production Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

A Little About Archival Quality

Acid free, permanent and archival can be defined many ways.  However, it should be noted that both internal and external factors affect the finished product at any given time.  Internal factors are those that go into the making of the raw materials. External factors are everything from the atmospheric conditions during publishing (a book produced in a large industrial park may be subjected to caustic factors), heat, humidity and UV light to a book owner’s habit of using hand lotion frequently.

April 2005, V4#4: Production Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Most of the work Gregath Publishing Company does in-house is offset printed.  We offset print on uncoated papers.  Uncoated papers have been traditionally classified by weight.  Interest has begun to increase also as to the brightness as well as archival nature.  As publishers, we have selected as our basis paper one that balances all of these issues while taking into account economy as well.  If a customer has a list of specifics, or even a particular brand/type of paper, we are happy to get paper mill quotes and pass the information on. 

Gregath’s standard book paper is a #50/60 uncoated white paper, acid free with a brightness of 84% – long grain.

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This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/paper.html

March 2005, V4#3: Production Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Q. Will my book be archival and/or acid free?

A. It depends on how technical your definitions of acid free and/or archival are. This webpage has been provided for further education. Short Answer:  Our books meet several standards and are considered by many to be acid free. 

We utilize the offset printing method and/or digital copying and a variety of binding processes. These methods add a small percentage of acidic material while printing on any paper. We have yet to find any publishing process that is totally (100%) acid free, even if printed on high cotton (or “rag”) content, acid free paper. Additionally, the first bare hand that touches any acid free material also introduces acid to it.  However, by Gregath’s use of pH balanced paper (commonly referred to as “acid free”), your book will be over 99% acid free and will last for several decades – depending upon the owner’s treatment of the book.

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This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/archival.html

March 2005, V4#3: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

If archival quality is important to the author, they should take a moment and define what exactly is important to them and why.  After this is complete, they can begin seeking printer/publishers and/or methods for their book production.  Always query about definition of archival words and jargon as they seem to vary widely – never assume.

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This section is drawn from information online at http://www.gregathcompany.com/bookselling.html

March 2005, V4#3: Define Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Acid Free Books: The use of this term varies from the logical definition of the individual words to a wide variety of standards – always have a company explain their definition.  An acid free book depend on internal (book materials) and external factors (chemical processes, environment, etc.).  Because of varying factors, we do not use this term, see archival webpage for more information.

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For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and
http://www.gregathcompany.com/glosswrite.html

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