Seeing your book in print, holding it in your hands printed and bound, is hugely gratifying. Getting to that point can be a long, lonely slog.
I wrote a book. I remember thinking that an elephant could give birth in less time than this project was taking me.
The gratification comes at the end of the line as you begin to work with others—reviewers, editors, designers and printers—and see this team help you transform your thought and effort into a tangible thing—your book.
Answers for authors
Whatever stage your project is in, it’s never too early to start researching your production options.
- What kind of printer should I work with? A conventional book printer, a digital printer, my local copy shop?
- Will I need a book designer or can I do this myself?
- What page size should I select, for appeal and economy?
- What bindings are available and which is best for my work?
- What about paper weights, colors and finishes?
- How many copies will I have to print on my first run, and can I reprint easily at reasonable cost?
These are good questions. Whether you have a manuscript in hand, in process, or just taking form, it’s never too early to start asking them.
We are here to listen and respond.
Check our blog posts (link) for basic advice about page sizes, paper choices and so on. Contact our book specialist Mike Dickinson (link) with more detailed questions.
Our approach to books
At Laser Image we are digital printers who specialize in short-run, fast turnaround, high quality books.
Because of how they operate, our printers produce books in black & white, full color, or black & white with color pages or sections, in quantities as small as 25. We can print up to a maximum page size of 11 x 17 inches.
We have most book orders ready to ship or pick up within 3 working days from proof approval.
Print and image quality coming off our Nexpress Digimaster and hp Indigo printers is excellent. We even reproduce art books.
If you need professional book design, we have in-house designers to help you at reasonable cost. Or we can print directly from your files. (Please contact Cynthia Luks at email@example.com for direction on proper file set-up.)
Not sure how many books you’ll need? Take advantage of our on-demand printing option, which lets you order small lots in exact quantities just when you need them. Ask Mike about this. He can even set up a service portal for you on this website, where you can log-in and place re-orders online. For more about how to use on-demand printing please see our article for Documentation Managers
We love printing books and we love working with authors.
Please contact Mike any time with your questions.
Mike Dickinson firstname.lastname@example.org