Book Printing and
For those who would like to handle their own book printing and fulfillment but don't know where to look, here are a list of helpful resources. Utilizing one of these resources allows you to be in control of your printing quantities and costs.
Self Publishing and Marketing Resources
These companies specialize in helping authors publish their own books. Printing, marketing, and distribution assistance are provided as well. Most resources have publishing packages for your convenience. If a vendor is chosen to fulfill the printing and distribution, it must be BEFORE the book design begins! Most of these companies have specific file preparation rules and a limited set of standard book sizes to choose from, so I will need to set up the files appropriately in the beginning.
Book Printing Revolution
Mill City Press
Books Just Books
Booksurge (Amazon.com's book printing and publishing service)
Dog Ear Publishing
Book printing is a specialty area that needs to be handled by companies that specialize in it. Depending one's goals and budget, books can be printed on a traditional offset press for large quantities, or digital on-demand printing for short runs. The following companies provide information about both approaches. I am happy to speak with anyone who needs help deciding what is best for them.
The BookMasters Group
Color Centric Corp.
Falcon Graphics, Inc.
Keystone Digital Press
Book Fulfillment and Distribution Services
Fulfillment and distribution can take up an author's valuable time. Third party services can provide storage, inventory, shipping, and tracking services.
ISBN Information and Registration
Library of Congress Numbers
While not mandatory, a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) or a Preassigned Control Number (PCN), enable your book to be cataloged by libraries.
Get a barcode for your product or book quickly and easily.
Why do you need a barcode? Here is a great resource on the basics of barcodes.
Books in Print Listings
Books published with an ISBN number can be registered through Bowker after completion.