Printing Books Using Offset Printing

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When selecting the particular printing process you want to use in printing a book, you must carefully consider your precise printing needs.

Even in this age of computers and the Internet, books are an important part of our lives, they are information, entertaining, educating, and in some instances act as a decoration or accent for our homes. Books make us laugh, cry, and some even inspire us. This is possible why so many of us aspire to be published authors.

When publishers have books printed, they usually use standard paper as well as sizes. In addition, to ensue the books are not only printed how the publisher desires them to be, also affordable, the publisher has to choose a printer who provides economical print pricing. This is also important for anyone who has a publication he or she wishes to be printed.

Offset printing is a process which as been used for years to print books. Offset printing provides more flexible pricing than digital printing, which general has a fixed cost per unit. This means with offset printing, the larger your order, the lower the cost per unit. This is perhaps the mine reason why offset printing is still more popular than digital printing. Even though digital printing has increased in popularity recently, among many in the printing industry most publishers still benefit greatly from offset printing.

When we speak of offset printing, it is important to realize that there are mainly three types of offset press, which include the web press, sheet feed press, and belt press. The web press uses paper on large rolls, which are continuously fed into the press at a high speed, where it is cut, printed and folded, emerging in signatures which are bundles of 32-page sections. The web press is the most cost effective print process and used to print primarily newspapers, shoppers, and advertising inserts.

The belt press is generally used for magazines as well as trade books. The belt press uses the web press process as well as a binder, producing complete paperbacks at the end of the process. Hard covers on the other hand will only need jackets to complete their printing process. The sheet feed press, however, is the slowest form of processing among the different types of offset printing. The reason for this is because process prints one sheet at a time. Despite its time consuming speed, this produces the highest quality of print, best used for short print runs that range between two and three thousand copies.

When selecting the particular printing process you want to use in printing a book, you must carefully consider your precise printing needs. Many times however, this discussion will depend on the book printer that you choose. When you carefully select your printer and the printing process they use, you reduce the amount of stress and worry you’ll about producing a quality book.


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