Digital Bookmaking Tools: A Roundup

For those of us who aren’t code slingers, what’s the easiest way to build a digital book? I’ve noticed a small but growing number of tools, ranging from big guns like those on offer from Adobe to iPad-based efforts that aim to make publishing a touch and drag affair. Below is a list I’ve been compiling over the past few weeks. Some of these solutions get you an iPad app, some get you ePub, some are for web-based books. Website: http://newkindofbook.com/2011/04/digital-bookmaking-tools-a-roundup/

booru WebCam software

booru WebCam 2.0 will assist you in capturing images from your web camera, publishing them on your homepage, archiving them on your harddrive or storing them on the Internet. The program makes it easy to apply effects such as picture and text overlays to the camera image. The main purpose of booru Webcam is to increase the fun factor and usefulness of webcams! Party Cam: Use your web camera as a party cam, documenting the party to your local hard drive. You can later on look through the archive to find all the highlights from yesterday’s party. Or why not Read more

Display graphics, banners, signs

Contour Digital Large format graphics for display, windows, banners, vinyl Provide most of the display graphics for UCL http://www.contourdigital.com/

Thesis & Dissertation Printing & Binding

Bookbinders of London Ltd is a fourth generation family run business located in Highbury, North London. We work for individual members of the public, students from all of the top London Universities and Colleges plus a wide variety of companies operating in fields such as print, publishing, design, construction, banking, television; modelling etc. We carry out work to your individual specifications and help you in choosing materials and styles of bindings to suit your requirements and budget. We are happy to bind one book or thousands; large or small and will complete your job to a high standard on time. Read more

FLOSS manuals

FLOSS Manuals is a collection of manuals about free and open source software together with the tools used to create them and the community that uses those tools. They include authors, editors, artists, software developers, activists, and many others. There are manuals that explain how to install and use a range of free and open source softwares, about how to do things (like design) with open source software, and manuals about free culture services that use or support free software and formats. Anyone can contribute to a manual – to fix a spelling mistake, to add a more detailed explanation, Read more

Hahnemühle Photo Rag

A smooth bright white 100% rag based paper specifically designed to meet the need of photographers or artists using digital photographic output. The heavier 308 gsm paper provides the weight of an art paper with a smooth calendered surface, which picks up every detail captured in the photograph. PDF: Hahnemühle Photo Rag data sheet

Introduction to web browers

Many of us these days depend on the World Wide Web to bring the world’s information to our fingertips, and put us in touch with people and events across the globe instantaneously. These powerful online experiences are possible thanks to an open web that can be accessed by anyone through a web browser, on any Internet-connected device in the world. But how do our browsers and the web actually work? How has the World Wide Web evolved into what we know and love today? And what do we need to know to navigate the web safely and efficiently? PDF: 20 Read more

The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Publicity

There’s a question that has been bugging me for years: why are 99% of publicists and promotion/marketing people complete useless failures when it comes to blogs and online outlets? I keep waiting for the industry to figure things out and catch up, but it never seems to happen. So I’m taking the time to write this guide. If you work in online PR or know someone who does, this is a must-read — NOT because my observations here are anything other than obvious to the bloggers and editors you’re targeting, but because they’re clearly not obvious, or even known, to Read more

Make your own fonts

YourFonts.com is an online font generator that allows you to create your own OpenType fonts within a couple of minutes.

Colours suitable for newsprint

Newsprint has a limited range of colours that work well. Here are the colours that work best when printing offset PDF: Colours for newsprint

Copyright

Details about copyright are available from The Patent Office’s website  

Binding Styles

Cased and limp books may be unsewn, notched or sewn (unsewn and notched binding are the same price, but notched binding is not available for books printed on our digital presses). A sewn book is more durable and expensive, than an unsewn book and is only usually necessary for publications referred to regularly, such as dictionaries or high extent titles, where the sewing adds additional strength to the binding. Limp binding – also called softback or paperback binding. Cased binding – (also called hardback or cloth binding) There are two main case binding styles: i) With a printed paper cover pasted down to the Read more

Digital Print Costs

All prints at Slade have to be paid for, as below. Colour inkjet for photographic or exhibition quality prints DESKTOP PRINTERS 70 pence per A4 page excluding paper 140 pence per A3 page excluding paper or use our online calculator to work it all out We do not provide paper as there are so many types which depend entirely on the results you need. We can give recommendations. LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS Ink is charged per unit used and paper by length from a roll. We use these calculators for the total costs Epson 9800 online calculator   For normal printing in both black/white and colour, Read more

Epson inkjet papers

BuyEpson (direct from Epson, whole range including rolls) 7dayshop (online, cheaper if you plan in advance) PC World, Tottenham Court Road opp Warren St or Ryman’s near Goodge St (closest) Jessops or Jacobs on New Oxford Street (south end of Gower St)

Paper & Bookbinding supplies

John Purcell fine paper suppliers only, good prices on minimum order of 25 sheets, will deliver usually within 2 to 3 days. Inkjet paper sheets and rolls. John Purcell Paper, 15 Rumsey Road, London SW9 0TR   tel 020 7737 5199   Falkiners / Shepherds Paper and Bookbinding suppliers, single sheets of paper can be bought. Falkiners Fine Paper, 76 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR tel 020 7831 1151   J Hewit & Sons. Bookbinding materials and equipment only  (Scotland) J. Hewit & Sons., 12 Nettlehill Road, Houston Industrial Estate, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 5DL tel 01506 444160  

Screens & Screenprint ink

Screens- new and re-stretched, emulsions and strippers etc No ink supplied London Screen Service, Unit A403, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clements Road, Southwark, London SE16 4DG     tel 020 72320 363 London Screen Service, Unit 75, Parkside Business Estate, London SE8 5NZ.   tel  0208 6919423 Screen printing studio  available for hire – vacuum table and textile tables. Screenprint ink ( Lascaux acrylic paints and screen printing paste to make screen printable ink.) AP Fitzpatrick, 142 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E1 5QJ.  tel 0207 790 0884

Non-ferrous metal

Intaglio Printmaker, 9 Playhouse Court, 62 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 OAT  tel- 020 7928 2633 Smiths Metal Centre, 42-56 Tottenham Rd, London N1 4BZ. 0207 2412430 (also plastics and stainless steel) Forward Metals Ltd., Saxon Way, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, B37 5AY  tel- 0121 779 4888 Dore Metal Services, 46 Imex Business Park, Flaxley Rd, Birmingham B33 9AL. 0121 6245750 Builders Iron and Zinc, Millmarsh Land, Enfield En3 7QA. 020 8443300

St Bride Library

The collections cover printing and related subjects: paper and binding, graphic design and typography, typefaces and calligraphy, illustration and printmaking, publishing and book-selling and the social and economic aspects of the printing, book, newspaper and magazine trades. The Library is open to the public free of charge, without formality. Photocopies can be supplied, and photography is permitted by appointment. 50,000 books. All the classic works on printing technique, visual style, typography, graphic design, calligraphy and more. There are many titles that offer excellent subject introductions, and our staff can help in guiding those without detailed knowledge in our subject areas Read more

Adobe Print Publishing Guide

This book explores the processes and issues involved in preparing color publications for reproduction on a commercial printing press-a set of tasks known as the prepress process. Despite being written in 1995, this book contains useful information for those starting out with using commercial printing presses, especially industry standards and explains key terms. I have removed obsolete information and added some annotations. PDF: Adobe Print Publishing Guide (1995)