October E-Magazine – Complete Wednesday, Sep 30 2015 

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What’s It Mean? A-Z
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Gutter Margin: Margin on the “inside” of a printed book page. When books are printed, the margin on the inside is usually larger to allow for easy book handling. We assure your gutter margin when making plates for printing, free of charge.
From: ANSI/NISO/LBI STANDARD FOR LIBRARY BINDING – (inner margin, gutter margin, back margin)  The distance between the binding edge of a printed page and the printed area.

Halftone (pre-press): An image taken from your photo that has a dot pattern laid on it (or made up of dots) for better reproduction. Without the correct dot pattern, the photo would look like a bad copy machine copy (motley). Many of today’s newer copiers automatically lay a pattern, thus better copies.

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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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Design Inspiration
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Tips to promote QR code scans (part 2)

  • Note most QR codes will work if damaged even 30% – allowing for some “high traffic” uses such as name tags, postcards, coasters, etc.
  • Don’t saturate your viewer with too many codes – make them useful and enjoyable.
  • Try to keep codes away from glossy surfaces – matte makes scanning easier for the novice and under more lighting conditions. Still want to put one on your book cover? You could skip lamination or UV protection, but applying a dust jacket, belly band, or sticker over the finished cover would be better for the longevity of the book.
  • If using multiple codes, don’t place them too close together – you are trying to make it easy for the user. If on a mail piece with smbc – allow for distance as well.

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

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Book Manufacturing Concepts (Electronic)
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Ebook audio services develop all the time. An online service that offers both free and professional (paid) services is Booktrack and there are many more.

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

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Marketing advice
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Shipping is an important component to many marketing plans. If you choose USPS as your service provider, these links may be of assistance:

Postal Explorer, Price Lists/Rates, RIBBS, Business Customer Gateway

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/service/marketing/bookselling.html

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Genealogy ideas – see computer aid this issue

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Computer aid!?!
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Not sure where to start learning online about genealogy and tech? Take a look at Barry’s Genealogy list of webinars and expand from there! http://genealogybybarry.com/introduction-genealogy-webinars/

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August 2015 Magazine – Define A-Z Monday, Aug 17 2015 

*Gang Shoot(ing): Several photographs to be included in the publication are placed together and halftoned at one time.  While many printers do this by shooting any photo “as they come” within the manuscript – this does not turn out well many times for very light and very dark photos.  This technique is often employed to reduce cost of photo.  Our new electronic halftoning process eliminates this need.

Gloss(y) paper: Paper that has been coated on one or both sides during paper production.  Some high gloss papers glare, making them difficult to read.  Additionally, gloss paper is generally expensive and can not be offset printed.

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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!

October 2003, V2#10: Define Saturday, Jan 17 2009 

Halftone (also equivalent to PMT, etc.): An image taken from your photo that has a dot pattern laid on it for better reproduction. Without the correct dot pattern, the photo would look like a bad copy machine copy. Many of today’s newer copiers automatically lay a pattern, thus better copies.
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For other printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossary at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html

September 2003, V2#9: Design Saturday, Jan 17 2009 

While crop for effect (as mentioned last month) is usually a little more expensive at most publishing houses, we perform this service to some extent, free of charge and the end result is much more gratifying. Our professionals will choose exactly where the half-tone should be cropped and/or enlarged/reduced at no additional charge to you.  After all, are you trying to show Uncle Ed or the yard he was standing in? Of course, there are times when the background IS the picture. We also receive instructions to enlarge or reduce to a specified size without cropping and it is physically impossible to comply, because without cropping, the size specified cannot be reached from the original without warping the outcome. Enlargement or reduction can only be done overall, not in only one direction. When we face such a problem, we use the largest dimension, and let the smaller fall where it may. [If 3″x5″ is specified, when we get to the 5″ measurement, the requested 3″ may be less than 3″.] If an author prefers total control over their sizing and cropping, this can also be done with us at an additional charge in-house or they can send exactly what they want and mark “same size originals” at no additional cost.

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

August 2003, V2#8: Design Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

We receive manuscripts, including pictures with the instructions “Do Not Cut Pictures”, every day. No printer that we know of would have any reason to cut your ORIGINAL pictures/submissions. In our printing process, a negative and a new print [known as a half-tone) must be made in order to be reproduced on an offset press. Many snapshots are of one or a few family members, with a whole lot of unnecessary background. Most of these pictures show very little, if any, detail of the subject. If they were enlarged and the half tone “cropped for effect”, the same size picture would show the subject(s) in much more detail.