Important Points to Consider Before Starting a Book Printing Job

Yearbook Printing

A book printing task like storybook printing or yearbook printing is different from document printing; your desktop printer might not give you the freedom to print books on a large scale, therefore you will need to look for a commercial printing press in Singapore to take care of your commercial book printing project in an efficient manner. Whether you need hundreds of copies or even thousands of your yearbook or novel, commercial printing can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars on your next commercial book printing project. However, before you choose your next printing partner in Singapore, there are some important decisions that you need to make at your end to prepare your publication for the printing process.

Let us have a look at a few important tips that will help you prepare your publication in a better way before you forward it to your print partner:

Know You Project Specs
In order to ensure your book printing project is a success, both you and your print partner need to be on the same page right from day one. Before you communicate your project details to your print partner, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with all the nitty -grities of the project. Following are some important points that you need to discuss with your print partner before you create your publication:

  • What is the most suitable way to submit your publication? Most commercial printers prefer to accept PDF files or PostScript files. Ask your print partner to share instructions on how to create these files and share them to avoid any complications in the future.
  • Share as much information as possible about your book printing assignment with your printer to avoid any inconvenience in the future. Your project information should include details such as print quantity, paper size, paper weight, recommended color-model, trimming, folding, binding, budget, and most importantly
  • Also share with your print partner whether you are planning on including some stock or scanned pictures in your book and how you will go about providing them to your printing agency.
  • Mutually discover ways to save money on your book printing assignment. 

Depending on your time availability, budget, and level of comfort, your print vendor may be able to offer you “hard” or “soft” proofs. Always make sure to ask for proof (hard or soft) before giving a green signal to proceed with the bulk printing task. You do not want to print a yearbook for your whole school only to realize that the format is all wrong when you receive it in your hands. It is essential that you and your print partner are constantly in touch during the proofing session in order to keep the project on schedule.

Binding Options
No book product is complete without the binding. Although you may be able to find a lot of book printing and binding agencies which specialize in this field, it is better to ask your print partner whether they are able to provide in-house book binding services for your project. Folding, laminating, drilling, gluing, and shrink-wrapping are some of the minor but equally important tasks associated with the book binding process. Therefore, make sure to discuss all the details about book binding with your binding company or your print partner before you start your book printing project.