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Old 01-15-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Advice for short-run printing?

Greetings all,

I hope you are all warm, wherever you are.

My husband and I are producing a cookbook. He's writing it, I'm doing the layout. It started out, as these things do, as something for family and a few friends, but it's grown legs.

There are a few retail places that we frequent who would be willing to sell it for us, so our copy count is going up daily.

We're not looking to make money on this project, so that's not the point. But I think we've moved beyond the xeroxing stage.

The book size is approx. 200 pages, 8-1/2 x 11. The interior will be black ink only, the cover will probably be 4/C. We want it wire bound so it will lay flat.

I have some questions about the best way to print this job. It's all being done in InDesign CS2. I can provide PDF X/1-a files processed through my RIP, if necessary.

What is the minimum copy count for short-run printing? Anyone want to recommend a vendor? We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the vendor doesn't necessarily need to be local, just good.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-16-2007, 10:13 AM   #2
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But what do you call a short run?

100 copies? 1000 copies? 2500 copies?

Odds are you will be looking for a "print on demand" vendor or something like a Xerox Docutech, which is very much like a laser printer with binding and collating equipment built in, for jobs in that range.
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Old 01-21-2007, 07:19 PM   #3
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What do I call a short run? Good question. That's what I want to know.
We're thinking 50-100 copies.
There is a printer here in my neighborhood that has a Docutech, perhaps I should start with him.
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Old 01-22-2007, 12:19 AM   #4
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You might like to take a look at http://www.lulu.com.

Not sure how their prices would compare with, say, Docutech, or what the postage rates would be on bulk copies but it would offer a way of distributing the book more widely.


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I did something like this for a client once. DocuTech for the text and DocuColor 40 for the cover. My memory is that we had the printer use wire binding. Similar to GBC, but sturdier. Allows the book to lay flat. These days anyone who has a Docutech should have access to a DocuColor equivalent and whatever binding you choose.

Just ensure you adjust the page margins to account for the binding.
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