Friday, July 18, 2014

Your original work in a high quality book.


Inside each of us is an original story that needs to be told. A story to be shared with family and friends.

Today's digital printing technology permits original writings authored by you to become high quality, professionally printed books, inexpensively, quickly and with personal attention from a customer service representative to guide you through the entire printing process.
 
Whether an anthology of original poetry or short stories, full length fiction or non-fiction manuscripts or a family history or memoir, these works can be printed and made into high quality perfect-bound paperback books similar to those found in bookstores and libraries.

By employing digital printing technology, the creation of high quality books to showcase your workis now easily and cost-effectively achievable. 

For more information, visit NetPublications' digital printing website at NetPublications digital printing.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Legal document printing done right...and fast.


Whether a prospectus for a public offering, board meeting agenda packets or financial reporting documents, most attorneys at one time or another have experienced situations requiring last minute and hurried printing of documents. 
 
At that moment, the only thing that counts is to get the job done fast and get it done right.
 
NetPublications will get it done.
 
The recipient of numerous industry awards for digital printing, NetPublications is accustomed to the pace in which law firms and attorney offices operate and can expertly accommodate all printing requests including rush jobs and last minute changes. 
  
With our state-of-the-art equipment, NetPublications can efficiently produce short-run printing from 20 to thousands of units per day. Simply send us your ready-to-print PDF documents and we will take care of the rest.  

NetPublications' goal is to meet your document printing objectives. We pay close attention to your project requirements and respect the confidentiality of your business. When you work with NetPublications you will get a job well done.

When time is of the utmost importance, NetPublications will be there to work quickly and reliably to help you with your urgent, and everyday, printing needs. 

Visit our digital printing website for more details at NetPublications digital printing.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Will your print materials be at the right locations on the right days?

Companies necessarily invest much time, effort and money to research, write, organize and complete training workbooks, HR manuals, instructional booklets and corporate procedural guidelines. But, if they are not where they need to be and not in front of the correct audience, at the appropriate time, they do not serve their intended purpose to teach, train and inform employees, customers and clients.
                                                                                                    
Even in today's digital environment, with the proliferation of online training courses and digital program modules, printed books, manuals and workbooks are necessary and essential to communicate sensitive and proprietary company information to its different audiences. 

Faced with the need to print and distribute such materials with tight timeframes and diverse logistical requirements, digital printing can efficiently and effectively meet the challenges that creating and distributing printed materials can produce:

l        Print-on-Demand - allows the printing of books, binders and manuals as few as one at a time and only when an order is placed. 
l        Cost effectiveness - with virtually no upfront pre-press costs, small print runs are cost effective. Traditional printing services have always required quotas or minimum orders when you used their services. However, because of the flexibility of digital printing, these financial boundaries do not exist.
l        Short Runs - digital printing is ideal for short-to-medium runs. Digital data is easily stored and updated; therefore changes can be easily accommodated. Digital printing allows more effective print management: there's no need for large inventories and no need to dump out of date stock.   
l        Speed - digital presses can be set up quickly and are capable of enabling next day or even same day delivery.
l        Personalization - each book, binder or manual can be personalized to include unique content and personalized materials.
  
To make more efficient the entire printing and distribution process, print document management companies such as NetPublications, Inc. offer a complete document management solution by combining printing, binding, storage, fulfillment and distribution in one facility, with one point of contact.

As a result, companies can focus on the businesses that make them successful and know that the printing and dissemination of their important and sensitive training, human resources and other corporate printed documents will be properly managed.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

You have just completed your book...now what?

You have spent months, if not years, researching, writing, designing and editing your book. It is now finished and ready for sale.

Congratulations!

Now what?

You undoubtedly want your book sold and in the hands of readers. You want it distributed through retail channels, online outlets and other avenues that sell books.

Many options exist to distribute your book through these diverse channels. Each offers its own advantages and disadvantages and understanding and choosing the correct one for your particular needs can be overwhelming. 

Traditionally, books have used a distribution channel consisting of book distributors and wholesalers.

Book distributors actively sell books to bookstores, retailers, libraries and online stores, usually from a catalog. Personal sales calls and visits can also occur as long standing relationships typically exist between a distributor and retail outlets. Distributors offer a full range of services to stimulate demand and sell books through the distribution channel.

Book wholesalers make books available to retailers but do not typically engage in actively selling books to the retail market. They process orders and ship books but do not generally create demand for books. They do not offer the full range of services that distributors provide. Publishers and authors still have to pitch, market and sell books to book retailers. But wholesalers might offer a relatively inexpensive method compared to distributors to have books made available to a multitude of potential buyers.

With the growth of self published authors has come a viable alternative method for authors to reach potential book buyers…directly online. Social media and single focused book sites offer book reviews and relevant articles and the opportunity to sell directly to readers. For example, bookhitch.com allows authors and readers the opportunity to “meet,” sell and buy without having to go through distributors or wholesalers.
                                                                                               
And, should authors choose to sell books from personal websites, companies such as NetPublications’ NetSource distribution service can establish a shopping cart connection allowing the fulfillment of orders and processing of payments placed via authors’ websites.  

Each of these methods offer a unique value proposition and each must be thoroughly considered and evaluated to understand which offers the best distribution route, and value, for an individual’s particular situation.

But, ultimately, they all allow authors the opportunity to put their books in front of an audience of potential buyers after the solitary time spent writing and completing their books.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Your books cannot earn revenue if your books are not in print.



Over the years, museums, historical societies and cultural sites have published town histories, event books, documents, journals, meeting records and cookbooks.

While these printed books and documents serve to preserve history and to offer insight into past lives and events, they also represent an opportunity to create needed revenue for these institutions.

Now, however, many of these publications are either out-of-print or exist in very low quantities. And, if these books are not in print, they are not available for sale.

Today’s printing technology allows for these “old” and treasured books to be reprinted quickly and easily while permitting the printing of books for the very first time.

Digital printing provides the ability to scan pages of previously printed works and put them into digital image formats. A case in point was the reprinting of a book that was out-of-print for over fifteen years and has now resulted in sales of $1500 a year for one historical society.

Real-life nostalgia articles on "how it was back then" can be reformatted as books. Fragile and fading original documents can be preserved and protected, and their reprints utilized for museum and store displays or sold on-site at the gift shop or at special events. Books and documents can be printed as needed, in small quantities, ordered online with excess inventories stored and fulfilled by an outside vendor.  

Museums, historical societies and cultural sites can take the first step to uncovering overlooked and potentially valuable documents by conducting a thorough inventory of their books and documents to identify those that will be in demand and capable of generating additional revenue.

Summer and the tourist season are upon us. Now is the time to start preparing to generate revenue from books and documents that can easily and quickly be reprinted.

NetPublications Historical Publication Services

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Looking to better manage your printing budget?


Perhaps there is a better use for your money than investing in printed pieces that sit in inventory. Most likely they will be there for quite some time before eventually being discarded.

This is the likely occurrence when offset printing is chosen as the method to print books, journals, newsletters, brochures and assorted marketing pieces when only smaller quantities are required.

l        Since offset printing has high front-end costs, the per-unit cost can become expensive when short print runs are needed. Larger print runs can bring down the per-unit cost but could result in pieces that are not necessarily wanted. The result – printed pieces sitting in inventory that eventually become outdated.

l        Digital printing and “Print-on-Demand” eliminates such inventory and large upfront printing costs by removing the need to print thousands of pieces at a time, allowing you to print only the exact amount you need, when you need it.

l        Running on digital presses that can be set to print quickly, books and other printed materials can be available for next day or even same day delivery, assuring that they are where they need to be on a timely basis.

l        And, with short run printing, materials are “up-to-date” and more relevant as they can be updated regularly, on a more frequent basis, than mass-run items.

Budgets can be further maximized when variable data printing is used in direct mailing efforts. Variable data printing is a direct result of digital printing. Variable data printing enables the mass customization of documents as opposed to the 'mass-production' of a single document. Instead of producing 2,000 copies of a single document, delivering a single message to 2,000 customers, variable data printing could print 2,000 unique documents with customized messages for each customer.

As the costs to print increasingly rise and the objective is to maximize budgets, “Print-on-Demand” can help by eliminating expensive up-front costs, allowing efficient short-runs and printing only when needed, making large inventories obsolete.

Monday, July 16, 2012

How to Select a Binding for a Book

Not all book bindings are created equal. When considering a print project, it is important to be knowledgeable about the available options. There are three basic type of bindings utilized in book manufacturing - case, paper, and mechanical. The decision on what type of binding to use should be determined prior to a job being printed so that layout and design staff can make the proper accommodations.  
To guide in choosing a binding, the following factors should be taken into account: 
Trade and mass market paperback books (novels) generally use perfect binding, also referred to as adhesive or notch-bound binding.  This popular, soft-cover application uses paperboard or thick paper stock and involves gluing or adhering the text to the inside spine. With this type of binding, large quantities of books can be produced quickly, with lower costs, but the book cannot lie perfectly flat when open because the spines and covers are glued together. A perfect-bound book accommodates approximately 1500 pages. 

The most expensive (and durable) binding option is case binding. It results in a hard binding or hardcover book made from thick cardboard wrapped in cloth.  A trimmed book is bound by rigid boards (binder’s board, chipboard, pasted board) on each side and then glued directly into a spine.  A case-bound book is traditionally the most aesthetically-pleasing binding application, often used for coffee-table books, first-edition fiction, or collector’s editions of classics.  It accommodates about 1500 pages.

Mechanical Binding uses some type of mechanical device to hold pages together, typically with a type of snap-on mechanism, rod or ring.  Examples include:  
  • Saddle Stitching (Saddle Wiring) is commonly used for smaller documents, such as booklets or catalogs or magazines with no more than 70-90 pages and is stitched together with staples.  With this type of binding application, you cannot showcase the book on a shelf because there is no spine.
  • Plasticoil Binding or Coil Binding consists of a continuous, spring-shape, crush resistant material that allows a book to lie flat when open. It is appropriate for documents such as technical manuals, notebooks, and calendars. This type of binding is usually available in multiple colors.
  • Ring Binders are used for documents that will be assessed, photocopied, and updated frequently, such as a cookbook. Full color spines and covers can be printed for a professional presentation for a business. 
This video gives a brief overview of book binding.