Printing any book is not an easy task. Whether you’re a writer printing your first novel or in charge of your company’s new coffee table book, getting the right book printing services is of the utmost importance. It is often the technical aspect that you need to pay close attention to, but there are also certain factors that you need to determine when doing a print project like this correctly.
Here are 5 tips that can help you choose the best printer for your book.
1. Consider printing fees.
You should request book printing quotes immediately when you contact a print shop. This will give you an idea if you have enough budget for your services. But how do you know if the price is correct? One thing you can do is order more than one book printer. Chances are they have different book printing quotes to offer you.
Is price the determining factor in your choice? That shouldn’t be the case. Just because one printer is priced higher than another doesn’t mean it’s providing a better quality printing service. There are many factors in book printing services that help set the price and you should dig into it.
2. Ask to see their printing equipment.
The quality of your book will largely depend on the printing equipment used. It’s not that the newer equipment is better than the old, but what really matters is the condition of the printer. If you can see that the printer is not well maintained, then there is a chance that your book printing will be delayed.
Of course, if you intend to use digital printing technology, the latest models are often better. You will have a good combination of speed and print quality.
3. How helpful is the printer with your questions?
A good printing company will be able to help you at every step of the printing process. A print shop can give you suggestions on your printing requirements in case they find your preference isn’t that great. After all, they are supposed to be the experts and therefore they will know the best materials for your book. You can sense if the printing company is just trying to upsell you or trying to raise rates or maybe they are really concerned about the quality of your book.
4. How long have they been in the printing business?
Find a printing company that has been providing book printing services for many years. Experience is a big factor in determining the quality of printing service they can provide you. After all, they won’t be in business for as long if they aren’t consistent with their production.
5. Go with a reputable printer.
In this age where every piece of information can be found online, it is often very easy to check the reputation of any business. There will surely be reviews published online or in print. Check if the printer of your choice has a great reputation. Although as they say, nobody can be perfect, if there are bad reviews try to check if the claims are true as well.