The Book Designer – Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books

by Joel Friedlander on April 29, 2013 1 comment
I just got back from a fast trip to Chicago to attend the 2013 IBPA Publishing University, undoubtedly the biggest and most diverse live educational opportunity for indie authors and small publishers.
This years lineup of presenters and instructors was no different. The energy and optimism of authors, publishers, consultants, vendors, and teachers made me realize how lucky we are to be in the part of the book business thats actually booming.
Of course, even though I know there will be fun at these events, great networking, meeting new and old friends, and talking to lots and lots of authors, theres always something I come away with thats unexpected.
So heres my list this year of the things I learned at Publishing University that I didnt have any way of expecting:
Thomson-Shore of Dexter, Michiganlong a favorite short-run offset printeris now producing some of the best digitally printed books Ive ever seen.
Why it matters: Over the years authors have continually asked me about the possibility of producing digital color books, either as short runs or for print on demand distribution.
For the most part it has been impossible to get quality color printing from digital printers without paying very high per copy prices.
Although these books are not cheap, this is an encouraging sign that at least they are coming closer to reality.
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