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.

September 2005, V4#9: Design Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Splitting binding types for economy: Final book publishing costs can be reduced by the types of bindings that are chosen.  While a full project of hardbound books (standard, deluxe, or color) may not be affordable, a publishing of softbound books are.  Depending on the project, it may be possible to hard bind a few of these special to accommodate special paid pre-orders, special gift and family books, collector editions, etc.  By printing the text blocks at the same time, offset orders even saves on printing, versus publishing a hand full of hardbound books separately.

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.

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.

This section is drawn from information online at

January 2005, V4#1: Design Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

Fastback suggestions: With the fastback method, a spine imprint may be added, but not very economical on small publishings.  It may also be possible to use a wider variety of specialty covers economically.  With the fastback method there are a limited number of fabric colors available for the spine – one can design their cover to either contrast or match the spine.

This section is drawn from information online at

October 2002, V1#2: Book Design Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

If you are self-publishing (or vanity publishing) also sometimes known as desktop publishing, you may be keeping an eye on the bottom line.  Our company is always in search of the way to produce a great book while keeping costs down.  Because of this, when deciding on what size (finished dimensions – 6×9″, etc.) you may want to take into consideration how much information can fit on a page at what cost.  An example is that with our company a book that is 6×9″ and one that is 8½x11″ cost the same to produce, but the author can get much more text on the larger book page.  One argument is that the smaller book can have smaller margins, however when one diminishes the margins it disturbs the smoothness of the book.  White space is important to book design.  Additionally, almost every printer has some specification as to what margins he or she need and/or suggest.

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