of All Types
We manufacture books in virtually all categories, from self-published
poetry and novels to high quality coffee table books to long
runs of commercial books.
Check out the examples here.
We print books here in the US and
where appropriate in Hong Kong.
- Soft Cover Books
perfect bound (square-back paperback
books), smythe sewn soft cover books,
saddle-stitched (stapled twice in the center and folded),
wire-O, and loose leaf
books. We can do split
runs -- with some books perfect bound or smythe sewn soft cover
bound, and some case bound, for
example. For the text
(inside pages), we print black ink (the most economical), 2-color, and full
color on coated or uncoated paper.
We manufacture novels, directories, journals, conference
proceedings, trade books, monographs, textbooks, poetry, biographies,
cookbooks, pre-publication runs, music books, to name only a few
examples, . .
. for customers of all types including self-publishers, brokers, printers,
publishers, associations, companies, business organizations, schools,
agencies, and governments, . . .
We manufacture case bound and
concealed wire-O bound hard cover books. We generally use the Smythe-sewn binding
with coated paper and notch case binding with uncoated paper.
you specify a case bound (hard cover) book, you will need to tell us
what material to use for the cover. The cover (or
"case") of the book is made by wrapping a "case
wrap" over cardboard ("binder boards"). There are
two basic categories of case wrap. A "printed, laminated
cover" is just as it sounds, a printed sheet covered with film
laminate and then wrapped over the binder boards. With a printed,
laminated cover you can have whatever image you want printed for the
cover. The second category is unprinted material such as library
cloth, leatherette, imitation leather, composition leather, or heavy paper. In this
case, the front ("face") and spine of the book are generally
foil stamped with the title, author, and perhaps a design.
For each type of case
binding, you can optionally have a dust jacket. For printed,
laminated covers, many people choose not to have a dust jacket; the full
image is already printed on the cover itself.
So when you're asking
for a quote, please tell us
What kind of
covering you want:
- Printed, laminated cover
- library cloth
- heavy paper
- or you can let us choose - for example if you just want
whatever's least expensive
Whether you want a
dust jacket (or want it priced as an option so you can see)
For books which come in to us as
computer files, we use the latest computer-to-plate equipment to make
high quality, low cost plates. This allows us to print books containing
photographs, screens, and other halftones for the same price you would
pay for type and line copy. We can accept and work with your computer
files, which you can upload to us -- we'll provide you with a link -- or
on CD/DVD or a flash drive; you can send smaller files as e-mail attachments. We work with a
broad variety of file types, including PDF (preferred), Postscript, InDesign,
QuarkXpress, Pagemaker, Illustrator, Word, WordPerfect, Microsoft
Publisher, Powerpoint, . . . , as well as all types of image files. With
some programs, we'll need to get a PDF exported from your native files. If
your favorite program isn't in the list, don't worry. Contact us-- we
probably work with it as well. If you are uncertain about your files, we
would be happy to look at a sample file and give you feedback, or "talk"
you through problem areas (preferably by e-mail).
Just because we have the latest computer technology, and the skills that
go with it, we do not require that you provide your book as computer
files. We can also work with traditional camera ready line copy or scan
from an existing book.
Best Available Sources
We print books domestically and in our associated
Hong Kong plant. We prepare quotes
for your book based on the best production source for your quantity
and particular specifications. This gives you the best prices, while
assuring that all work is done under our oversight and