June 2015 Magazine – Production Saturday, Jun 6 2015 

Logic dictates that books with a paper (soft) cover, will not last as long as books with a hard cover.

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January 2015 Magazine – Book Design and Manufacturing Friday, Jan 9 2015 

Book Manufacturing Concepts
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The best font ideas will not work for your book, if you don’t send files with the appropriate font information to the printer. Click here for information on how to embed (or substitute) fonts in PDF from Adobe.
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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/design/font.html

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!

E-Magazine Volume 12 Issue 4: Design Monday, Apr 1 2013 

When designing color covers, if there is any possibility you may produce hard covers this consideration should be addressed when putting the file(s) together:
Anywhere the cover has high wear, such as spine hinge and the outer edge (or fold) of the cover image density is a factor if long wearing covers are a goal. While bright colors and high contrast images are traditional favorites for color covers, lower pigment density slows wear (and separation from protective lamination). For longest wear, it is recommend that these high wear areas have a combined CMYK density of no more than 260.
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 This section is drawn from  http://www.gregathcompany.com/binding/art/hardcolor.html

September 2012 E-Zine (V11#9): Design Inspiration Sunday, Sep 9 2012 

Be careful if scaling (enlarging or reducing) graphics. You can have a very high quality graphic, but if you enlarge it 800% to fit your idea of the cover, it will generally loose focus and/or pixilated. The lower the quality, the less you can enlarge a graphic. As a rule, reduction is not a quality issue, unless it is shrunk so small that little or no detail is visible. Keep in mind, if using a photo quality, or other high quality computer printer to view your graphic print outs that production machines do not always match or exceed this high end, consumer quality – unless specifically commissioned.

Graphic files that are layered should be sent in their native format, as well as being flattened into a single layer, for original artwork. If sending PDF, be sure that the conversion “locks down” all fonts.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/hb/color/coverdesign.html

August 2009, V8#8: Design Wednesday, Aug 5 2009 

Quality may be a factor in deciding whether to included a printed photo in a family book, but not always. Many authors are producing hybrid books so they don’t have to leave any photos out. This page contains some great ideas to be published by the Gregath Publishing Company to keep in mind.

Show your achievements, whatever they are – be they are military medals, trophies, etc. Captions are important as well.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/photo/tips/design

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  

November 2005, V4#11: Design Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Quality: To publish or not to publish?
Don’t make the mistake of feeling the need of a perfect book before you get your genealogy in print.  Especially with the “archival quality” push lately, some authors are choosing the budget needed for their own definition of archival quality as a reason for not publishing.  If you don’t feel comfortable publishing in a printed format on your budget, consider offering your information in electronic form – with a printed book to come in the future.

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

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