January 2016 E-Zine: Complete Monday, Jan 11 2016 

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What’s It Mean? A-Z
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Headband/Footband (also header/footer in binding terms): A strip of embroidered cloth at the end (top/bottom) of the spine, extending beyond the book block. Optional ALA element included in Gregath deluxe binding. Now available as upgrade in color hard binding.

Hinge In: A paper or cloth strip may be adhered along the binding edge of the a page, or pages, to be added after the book has been bound, so that the strip extends beyond the binding edge. This can then be “hinged” into a “finished” book by pasting up the part of the paper or cloth strip that extends beyond the addition, and adhering the strip to the binding edge of a sheet (or leaf) in the text block.  This may also be used to change a given published page: cut the page to be replaced out of the existing book leaving as wide a bound paper strip as the binding margin will allow; follow instructions as above or – trim the replacement page to fit the published book (with extra paper to overlap bound strip); using an archival quality media, attach replacement page to bound strip.

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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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Consider adding extra material to a book through QR codes, removable media (CD/DVD, USB, memory card), or cloud links.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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If budget is a watch word, consider the weight difference between hard and soft cover books when shipping.

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Marketing advice
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Take into consideration USPS price and standards changes (effective 1-17-2016) when figuring book shipping prices.

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Genealogy ideas
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It takes a village: Don’t discount getting together with other like-minded people for education and reinforcement. Gregath is hosting a retreat in October that may be of interest.

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Computer aid!?!
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Do you have something (format) you use over and over again from MS Office – maybe with just a little bit of tweaking? Consider making the format (blank without personalized information) into a template. In your MS program, make a file that contains all the repetitive format and information. When you save as (save if not already saved), click the down arrow by format (under file name) and choose template (word template, excel template, etc.). To make it easier to use, save it where your other templates for that program are saved – or make a dedicated template file folder that is easy to find.

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March, 2015 Magazine – Design Wednesday, Mar 4 2015 

If you project is over 600 MB in size, we suggest looking toward DVD, as storage varies from about four and a half gigabytes to just under 18 GB – regardless of file type. If the book contains strong video components, DVD also lends itself well as it can be configured to be played on a home entertainment system rather than a computer. Some large book projects may be better suited to USB or memory cards – depending on your audience.

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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/electronic/media.html

February, 2015 Magazine – Production Monday, Feb 2 2015 

Electronic books published on removable media format can include memory cards or chips.
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This section is drawn from
http://www.gregathcompany.com/publish/electronic/media.html

July 2012 E-Zine (V11#7): Produce Thursday, Jul 19 2012 

Consider a “hybrid” printed book and CD/DVD combo package for lots of material!

CD or DVD can also be placed in sleeves attached to a hard bound book. Sleeves are generally attached at the back or front, but may also be attached within the book block and may accommodate up to 4 discs on an 8.5×11″ book format.

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

July 2012 E-Zine (V11#7): Design Thursday, Jul 19 2012 

Add additional material to a book with an electronic assist:

Hybrid books combine traditional printed books with additional electronic media. Have lots of stuff you wish to include? Instead of producing multiple discs to bind into a book, consider attaching a USB drive to a bookmark ribbon: this can be sewn into hard cover books.

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

July 2003, V2#7: Define Sunday, Jan 11 2009 

E-book: Any book or manuscript that is reproduced for distribution electronically on the Internet or movable storage (i.e. 3½” floppy or CD, etc.).

February 2006, V5#2: Computer Friday, Dec 26 2008 

Organization – part 4

Do you have a lot of photos that have been given to you, you’ve taken, or scanned?  If so, they could be slowing your computer down.  Additionally, if the only copy of a photo you have is on your hard drive, we really don’t want to think what will happen if the computer crashes.  If you have the budget and don’t mind new hardware, there are several excellent back up systems you can purchase and install to take care of knowing your photos are safe.  But what about those of us with less than 40% hard drive space open?  It’s time to file your photos!  One of the easiest ways with today’s technology is with a USB drive (starting at $20).  Once you have tamed the photos and put them into file folders, simply plug the drive into your computer, open up its’ window and a window that shows your photos and drag and drop.  It is suggested that you keep the drive with a general table of contents to make retreval/enjoyment fairly easy.  Another excellent way to file photos is by CD. Once you have your photos on removable storage media (drives or disks), it is up to you whether to keep them on your computer.

While you can use this filing tactic with any type of files, currently photos are the universal memory hog.  If you do digital video; have your genealogy back to the 1600 (including lots of collateral lines) in GEDCOM, etc.; have all your audio collection in the hard drive; etc. all of these may be filed similar to the photo example above.

Old School Tip: Were you computing at home in the 1980s?  Still have those large floppy boxes?  If so, they make excellent CD storage – with or without the jewel cases!

Please Note: Due to the newness of digital storage, it is important to keep your storage up to date.  Some of us still have large floppy disks with data on them – and no where to use them!

January 2006, V5#1: Computer Friday, Dec 26 2008 

Organization – part 3

As you begin wholesale organization, you may find more than one copy of a file that is similar, if not apparently an exact duplicate.  There is no reason (other than personal preference and convenience) to have more than one file with the same information in it on your hard drive.  Back up copies may be made on any number of types of removable media (CDs, flash drives, memory cards or sticks, etc.) or even a dedicated back up hard drive.

So, how do you select what to keep and what to pitch without extensive proofing to be sure you don’t delete the best one?  Here are a few suggestions:

In Windows Explorer (or even just an “open” window), find the “Views” button near the top, just under the title bar.  This button will look similar to an index card with dots and/or dashes on it and may have a down arrow to the right of it.  Clicking the main button will “scroll” through the types of views the computer allows you to see for the contents of the file.  If a down arrow is showing, clicking it will give you a list of the views.  For this, select the “details” – it will show file name, save date, file size, etc. in columns.  Next, locate your apparently duplicate files – were they saved on the same date, are they the same size, etc.  Use this information to help you decide which may be the best to keep and what is outdated.

Still not sure what to keep?  Choose one to keep on the hard drive and make a backup media copy of all other versions – in case they are ever needed.

More next month…