January, 2018 E-Zine Wednesday, Jan 3 2018 

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What’s It Mean? A-Z
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Saddle Stitch: Soft type binding where pages are printed four and folded in the middle (spine) and stapled in the fold. Many program books and most magazines are saddle stitched.  Due to the paper being folded as a spine, this works well with only small page count books.  Click here for information web page.

Sans Serif Type: Without serif.  Example: Arial. Though uncluttered, the lack of serif separates the letters and words for the reader.

Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.

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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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Can’t decide whether to publish in hard cover or soft cover? Is economics getting in the way of what you envisioned your book to be? One suggestion would be to publish soft cover first edition books (less expense) and take special orders for hard cover books that can be ordered singly (print on demand) and shipped directly to buyers.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts
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If utilizing print on demand (POD), offer a personalized page such as a special half title, frontice piece, or title page.

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Marketing advice
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As an individual author, have you signed up for USPS Informed Delivery yet? While this service expanded to individual post office box holders last month, it’s still not available to addresses that are solely business. Why does it matter? If you use the Informed Delivery app, and mail product at a post office, use the app to track the packages: Open the app and after the tracking number has been applied, scan the #, then when is asks if you want it added to your dashboard – say yes. The packages then queue in the app in a tab next to your incoming mail and auto update.

https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action

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Genealogy ideas
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When was the last time you’ve reviewed the basics? Many “old timers” learned it once and don’t feel like going over “old ground” again. However, reviewing what makes good research – especially from alternate sources, can give you new perspective. Are you a Handibook, Redbook, NGS or FGS person? Check out the others – you may learn nothing new, but going over the material may spark new ideas.

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Computer aid!?! – See Marketing

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April, 2015 Magazine – Define Tuesday, Mar 31 2015 

Fastback Binding: Soft type binding. Similar to perfect binding method – cover consists of separate front and back covers with a reinforced cloth spine.

Finish: Term that describes the surface characteristic of a particular paper.  i.e. antique, cockle, eggshell, embossed, English, felt, leatherette, linen, machine, pebble, vellum, wove, etc.

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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!

January 2015 Magazine – Definitions Friday, Jan 9 2015 

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*Double Wire Binding: Soft type of binding where spine of book consists of double wire loops threaded through holes in book block. This method is more durable then spiral binding. See Coil/Spiral Binding

Drop Ship (marketing): Within 48 hours of receiving an order, it is forwarded to the Copyright holder, author, publisher, etc. (usually by postal system). That person maintains all book inventory and controls shipment. After they receive the order, they fill/ship it within 10 days. Due to the many individuals and businesses as well as different shipping methods Gregath does not guarantee a specific carrier or class. If the person has failed to inform Gregath as to an out of print status, a full refund is issued for the unavailable book. See Also Special Order
Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.
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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 6: Design Thursday, Jun 6 2013 

Ribbons can be sewn into hard cover books easily. Because of the extra handling however, they are not always considered economical. Basic prices average $3.00-5.00 per book

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/binding/hb/special#ribbon

October 2012 E-Zine (V11#10): Define Thursday, Nov 1 2012 

Notch/Notching (may be used in perfect binding): Parallel grooves cut into the spine perpendicular to the binding edge. The depth and the distance between the grooves can be adjusted to suit the size and weight of the text block. Notching (vs. not notching) increases the amount of surface area on the spine that comes in contact with the adhesive and increases the strength of some type bindings.

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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!

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

Adhesive binding: Soft or hard type binding – most associated with perfect soft  binding. Pages held together by adhesive/glue, rather than any form or sewing or mechanical attachment (stapled). Block then attached to paper (soft) or hard cover case.

*Mechanical binding: Bindings utilizing a mechanical medium of fastening such as wires, staples, or plastic. Gregath classified as soft or hard type binding.

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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

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

Not all soft bindings are created equal. Know the standard options of the publisher. If the standard offerings don’ already do so, can they include elements that you are interested in? This should be a factor in choosing your publisher/binder.

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.

May 2006, V5#5: Define Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Fastback Binding: Soft type binding. Similar to perfect binding method – cover consists of separate front and back covers with a reinforced cloth spine.

Finish: Term that describes the surface characteristic of a particular paper.  i.e. antique, cockle, eggshell, embossed, English, felt, leatherette, linen, machine, pebble, vellum, wove, etc.

April 2006, V5#4: Define Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

Text Block: The pages/leaves of a book after they have been bound together. A group of printed or written pages that may be or have been bound, excluding all paper to be added by the bookbinder such as the endpapers, etc.

Book Block: Endpapers, text block and all other materials before hard or soft binding.

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