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Faqs of Book Printing Tips
    If you publish a book and have chosen to print the books traditionally (using an offset method), then you will probably be sending requests for quotation (or tender) to various printers of books. Prior to this, it might be useful to learn more about each book printer, since the resulting estimate is strongly dependent on the machine they use. Any deviation from their standard machine process will result in an increase in your quote. Make sure you ask the following questions before submitting your tender:  
1. What is your account page signature standard?
book printers have figures on the signature page. While printers can usually print in small increments page (page number divisible by 8, for example) you will get the lowest price if your number of pages is consistent with their standard signature – usually 24 or 32 pages. You may need to adjust your print-ready files to adhere to their number of signature. 
 2. What kind of process do you use to print this book?
 Two main types of machines – a web press and sheetfed printer – are the most common. Web presses are common for large runs (2000 + pounds) and sheet printers are used for small productions. The two machines may have figures on the signature page, but the book that results is usually the same. digital presses are great for racing extremely low (500 or less), but the cost per book will be high and the quality and consistency of printing is not as good as a traditional press. 
3. What are the differences in prices for quantity orders different?
Usually, your tender will quote different amounts of pounds. For example, they can quote in 1000, 2000 and 5000. You will see that the price per pound decreased as the quantity increases. A number of factors (including your expected sale price), you should try to get book prices below $ 2.00 a copy of a paperback classic.
4. What is your best market, paper cover, the size of the plate, etc.?
Trim sizes are fairly standard (such as 5.5 x 8.5). If your book needs a nonstandard size finishing the book value will increase. More than likely your printer will be a variety of paper and cover stocks, and unless your book calls for a specific type of stock, it is
preferable to use the printer may not have the price lower. 
5. Do you offer discounts?
 An important (and often overlooked) issue is whether the printing company offers you a discount if certain criteria are met. For example, if you choose to print for a month of their choice (when their orders are low), or print multiple titles with them in the same time, they could offer a percentage off the tender for total employment. Discounts are not always given, it never hurts to ask, especially if you have worked with the same printer multiple times. 
Printers are generally very understanding and will be happy to answer these questions either before bidding or the bidding itself. For example, you may choose to ask, Please tell me the cheapest number of pages between 200 and 250 pages for the following quantities … and they will help you get the most for your money.  (Gold Printing Group)
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