A traditional publishing company will effectively handle all aspects of your book, from editing to distribution. The publisher will also take ownership of your printed books But all of these services come at a price. Typically, the author will give up a lot of rights in the process. Another problem can be getting a publisher to take on your work at all. Whilst established authors may have little problem establishing a contract for their latest book things are rarely that easy for the new author. Getting a 'foot in the door' can be hard work. With self-publishing, the author undertakes the publishing function. bookprinting.co.nz will get your book into print and you will own these books. You are then responsible for promoting and distributing your book. But you also keep all of your rights and the profits you make from your sales.
Decision to make regarding Self Publishing
Bookprinting.co.nz ~ Self-Publishing
bookprinting.co.nz is a full-service self-publishing company specializing in short runs to medium runs, usually up to about 1000 books.
We make it easy to get your book into print. We're more than just a printing company. Our experience in the graphic design and publishing world–combined with our high-resolution printers and understanding of production and bookmaking set us apart.
High-quality short-run self-publishing is our specialty. We print runs from 10 books to more than 1000 copies, it's no problem.
Your book will be of the same high quality found in the high-street book stores. We can supply both paperback and hardback books or a mixture of both.
From start to finish, bookprinting.co.nz can handle the entire self-publishing process for you:
Self-Publishing can be easy to do and bookprinting.co.nz will be there every step of the way.
Our experience reduces the amount of time and money you spend getting your book into print. Contact us today and learn how you can get your ideas published.
It's as easy as 1-2-3 to get us started with your book:
Before You Start
Choosing the finished size you would like for your book should be one of the first tasks before you begin to compose the text. Setting the correct page size in your computer software to match the size of your book is essential if technical problems such as text reflowing are to avoided further down the track. If you are in any doubt please feel free to contact us we are only too pleased to advise you.
Ideally, no matter what software program you use to prepare your book, an Adobe PDF file is the preferred format to supply to us for printing. Using PDF ensures that your finished book will look and have the same format as your original typed manuscript. Adobe InDesign is a popular software program used by professionals and amateurs alike and will help you create a superb book which can easily be submitted for print. InDesign format also allows us to perform any last minute alterations you may require.
Paperback books and books with dust jackets need cover art, including a short summary and author's biography and photograph. This is best supplied as a separate file to the main body of the book.
If you are including photographs in your book
If you make a PDF file at high resolution then all your photographs should be included exactly as your original document was put together. If supplying an InDesign file the file "package" menu will automatically copy all your photograph files into a folder called "links". This folder should then be part of the "package" which you submit to us for printing.
Submitting files by email is very convenient and usually not a problem. However, some books, especially those containing photographs, can balloon into huge files which are best supplied on CD or memory stick, otherwise, files can be uploaded to "Dropbox" or one of the file sharing sites which work very well these days and it is only necessary to email us the link to the file and we can then download it at our end.
Most commercially produced books comform to certain basic sizes. In New Zealand the most popular is A4 (210 x 297mm) and A5 (148.5 x 210mm). Many other sizes are available such as B4 or B5. The basic reasoning behind these sizes is that the paper manufacturers also use this sizing system and therefore , for example, a press sheet of A1 size can be cut into 9 A4 sheets with no wastage. Therefore, to minimise waste, an ultimately the cost of the book, if is important to adhere to this sizing standard unless your book needs to be an oddball size for a specific reason. It goes without saying that the more wastage per sheet the more the paper cost for the book will be.
Bookprinting.co.nz has access to all New Zealands major paper merchants and a wide range of paper choices is available for the printing of your book. In practice most books tend to be printed on Offset/laser paper, Matt or Gloss art paper or recycled paper .
Offset/laser is the standard paper that such items as letterhead are normally printed on. It is an economical paper which is highly suited to paperback books, manuals, price books and the like. Coated papers such as Matt or Gloss art papers come in a variety of weights and are more suited to higher quality books containing photographs for example. Different types of paper can be combined, for example, you may wish to have text on offset paper but with a centre section of photos printed on art paper. Recycled paper is another option for those wanting a more off white finish or for those who are enviromentally sensitive.
Consideration should be given to the paper weight used in your book. If you are writing a novel for example, with several hundred pages then a heavy weight paper is not practical as it would make the book very thick and heavy for the user. As a general rule of thumb 90gsm would be the heaviest weight for a paperback book or 130gsm for a book printed on art paper.
With paperback books where the cover is affixed directly to the spine of the book then normally a 300gsm paper would be suitable, also 250gsm is popular for books where the lifespan may be shorter, conference handbooks for example, which may only need to last a week or so. Wrap around dust jackets are normally printed on 150gsm paper. Consideration should be given as to whether a dust jacket is essential if price is a consideration as some sizes need to be printed on special printing machines which can substantially add to the cost of the book especially on short runs.
We can design basic cover layouts including title, spine, ISBN numbers & barcodes and any blurb required about the book or its author. Any photo or graphic you supply can be used on the cover. The basic cover design is put together using material which you supply and the fixed price for this service is $120+gst. For clients requiring more sophisticated designs we suggest employing the services of a graphic design company. As our business is predominantly the printing of books there is a limit to the amount of time we can devote to design work. We will always work with you to try and accommodate any material you may wish to use.
If you wish to have laminated covers this can be done in either gloss or Satin finish laminate. With hardback bound books it is standard practice to laminate the outer case of the book to give it extra durability.
Are you ready to be published? Whether it's a first novel, a family history, a children's book or a photography collection, bookprinting.co.nz has the experience and the passion to make it happen! Need full book printing services? Click here. At bookprinting.co.nz, we view book binding as a meeting of art and science. The latest technology brings us new book binding materials and equipment that goes hand in hand with our careful crafting and experience. At bookprinting.co.nz, we see your book binding project as an opportunity to do justice to the work and vision you put into it.
As a digital printing and publishing specialist, bookprinting.co.nz has the versatility and expertise to create your dreambook - even if you only need a few. No book binding job is too big or too small at bookprinting.co.nz, and we specialize in small runs and first editions. Wondering about the best method for your book binding? We can help! Some of our options include:
Great for training manuals, sports programs, novels and any thick paperback or hardback. Perfect book binding is accomplished with digitally printed pages clamped in a vise-like structure. These pages are drawn across a blade that carves notches in the bound edge. This “roughed up" spine is passed over a hot melt glue dispenser. Glue adheres to the edges and works its way into the notches. After the glue is applied to the spine, the whole assembly is forced into what will become the wrap aroundcover. Completing the book binding, the cover is folded around the “book block”, glued and folded up the front and back of the book. This form of book binding is preferred as the standard for paperbacks as well as the beginning of a cloth covered high-end hard bound book.
A hardcover aka hardback is a book bound with thick protective cover, with usually a paper or leather dust jacket over the main cover. The aim of hardcover is protection and durability. These books are mainly for long-term use and collectors’ editions. Hardcover books last far longer than the corresponding paperbacks. They do not get damaged easily thus making them perfect for reference guides, great literary works, etc.
Bookprinting.co.nz produce many hardcover books and they are very popular amongst client wishing to produce family history books or reference books where longevity is essential.
Coil binding is a colorful and versatile type of book binding chosen for its ability to fold completely overon itself or lay flat for easy working. The new materials today are plastic and metal and vary in size from ¼ inch to several inches. and can be made to have a very stiff cover and back with a glossy UV cured plastic coating or a traditional Acetate clear front cover and blue or black vinyl back that has been in use for decades. bookprinting.co.nz has automated equipment for the punching of paper and the insertion of the coils to make your book binding experience quick and trouble free. Order your book binding project online or have us do the book printing and binding as a turnkey project.
Saddle stitching is a great book binding option for menus, pamphlets, or short books and magazines. Quick and inexpensive, it is as simple as 2 staples, a fold and a trim. However, it takes an experienced book binding company like bookprinting.co.nz to pay attention to details in your digital printing file... like “creep”. “Creep” is the tendency of the middle pages in a saddle stitched book to have their edges protrude from the folded book more and more and more as they approach the center of the bound book. When these pages are trimmed to have a uniform edge, sometimes the middle pages have information trimmed off. bookprinting.co.nz manages this with special book binding anti-creep software that gently nudges the print away from the cutting edge as it approaches the middle of the book.
International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) are available free to New Zealand publishers of books and other print, electronic or multimedia publications. They are provided by the New Zealand Standard Book Numbering Agency, which operates within the National Library.
An ISBN is a unique 13-digit figure divided into four parts. It should always be printed exactly as given, for example: ISBN 978-0-9582813-0-0 or ISBN 978-1-877257-08-7.
Benefits of having an ISBN
An ISBN provides a book with a 'fingerprint' that allows publishers, book suppliers and libraries to easily locate and order it.
You are required to supply copies of your publication to the National Library, as specified in the National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003.
Retail stores require bar codes. Most retail stores will not stock products without bar codes as the checkout system relies on the bar code system to operate.
If you are considering selling your book through a retail store we strongly urge you to have the barcode which corresponds to your ISBN number printed on the book.
Bookprinting.co.nz can generate and print a barcode on the back cover of your book.
If you need a barcode for your book or magazine, the best way is to get an ISBN number (for books) or ISSN number (for magazines). This number can then be easily transformed into a barcode number for your book / magazine, without the need to purchase a separate barcode number.
ISBN (International Standard Book Numbers) and ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) are a unique identifier assigned to each edition of every published book, book-like product, magazine and serial.
There is no system for copyright registration in New Zealand. You don’t need to submit your work to any organisation, publish your work, pay a registration fee, put a copyright notice on it, or do anything else to get copyright protection − it is automatic and free.
Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts which have been Typed using Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Word documents do not transport well from one computer to another, problems such as formatting changes occur and we cannot reliably print your book directly from a Word file.
Preparing your book using Microsoft Word
Step 1 The page size of your document must match the page size you would like in your book.
Step 2 Set up your pages as left and right hand pages, this is called “Mirrored” in Word. Setting all the pages as left hand, which is the default setting, will result in your margins being wrong on alternate pages and also your pages numbers being in the wrong place (unless they are centred)
Step 3 Set up your margins, with the pages set to “mirrored” the inside margins, which will be the ones nearest the spine of your book should be set to a larger size than the outside margins in order to allow for the binding of the book. Not doing this will result in your pages looking slightly off centre to your reader due to part of the margin being taken up by the binding at the spine.
Step 4 Type your text, add your photos etc and format your fonts, headings, Chapter titles etc. If you want each chapter to start on a right hand page then it may be necessary to insert a blank pages at the end of some chapters to ensure this happens.
Step 5 When your book is completed and you are happy with all your formatting, layout etc PLEASE PLEASE proof read your book at least twice. Also, if possible, get a friend to proof read it to, you will be amazed how many typos get overlooked time and again when an author reads their own work. We can’t emphasize how important this is as it can cause us several hours extra work having to re-lay up all your files for printing if you submit a new file once you receive the proof copy of your book which we supply so you can conduct final checks on the print quality and binding etc.
Step 6 When you are happy with your manuscript and its layout and formatting and are ready to submit the file for us to produce your book, then the final stage is to save your file as a PDF file.
Submit your files
A4 Tall or Portrait Book
297mm Tall x 210mm wide
A4 Wide or Landscape book
210mm Tall x 297mm wide
Can be Tall or Wide
148mm x 210mm
SRA5 Book can be either
Tall or Wide
225mm x 160mm
Hard Cover Binding
Saddle Stitched Binding
Saddle stitching versus Perfect bound
Plastic comb binding