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Some recent feedback from a reader of one of our privately produced volumes, kindly supplied by the author. Especially pleasing as we typeset and designed both the text and cover as well as printing and binding. Another example of a privately produced volume from SRP comparing very favourably with mass produced books.
The book arrived safe and sound this morning. What a fabulous job! It's worth it for the colour photo on page 69. I'll admit that the fifties and early Sixties are not really my preferred era, being born in 1965, I got interested in motorsport in the mid-Seventies, so that era and the Eighties are my main areas of interest, but I love motorsport history and quality books. Your book ticks both boxes.
To produce such a high-class work, privately, is very impressive. Many mainstream publishers would be hard pressed to match the quality of the layout and the look of the book.
Book production at SRP is more than a PDF dropbox at one end and books out at the other. It is most definitely a collaborative process between you and our expert staff from start to finish to ensure the finished product meets and exceeds expectations.
I received my book today which looks great. The quality of the production, materials and colour is really good. Even with the last minute changes I made the whole process, on your part, has been carried out timely and with the utmost professionalism . . . Simon, thank you in dealing with the content and layout changes I made.
High Quality Mono Lithographic Monograph - utilising 'high definition' screening technology to maximise the quality of historic photographs.
Sales Manager Sharon Williams
takes us through the production process . . .
It is always appreciated when one of our customers recommends us to a publisher and this is how Aldridge Press found out about Short Run Press.
John had specific requirements for the quality of the book, while he is an expert at preparing a script for press he did require our assistance in providing the technical details to make sure that the Printed Paper Case (PPC) was correct. All book printers have different specifications for PPC layouts, so it is important to make sure that the images that are required on the PPC do not wraparound.
A number of publishers are sometimes focused on the delivery time, but it is important to give time at the proof stage. In order to make sure the pictures reproduced to the highest quality we used a sublima screening and did an eight-page print test on the litho press before we proceeded with the main print run.
I suggested coloured end papers and gave the CMYK breakdown so that the sunshine yellow on the PPC matched the endpapers. To some this might seem like a minor detail, but it is the small attentions to detail that make the finished book look stunning.
'I want to thank everyone involved in the production, printing and delivery of our book. I was absolutely thrilled by the high quality of the books when they arrived. They exceeded all my expectations. The paper was smooth, and oozed quality, and the majority of the photos looked crisp with the right degrees of contrast. And those that were not, were better than they deserved to be. The books even smelled right. And the cover…? The cover was stunning!
To tell the truth, a bit of me was quite fearful, after spending the best part of two years working on Neil's Bioscope project. So it was quite a relief, when the books were delivered on their palette, and I opened the boxes in our front sitting room, and took them up to our office… So, once again, many thanks.'
John Aldridge - Aldridge Press
High Quality Digital Printing combined with traditional craft binding at Short Run Press
Senior Account Manager Ben Clark takes us through the production process on a recent high quality digitally printed monograph . . .
After the initial introduction via our website the requirements for this short run high quality art book it was clear quality was paramount. The quantity required of 100 books and 208pp text, cloth hard case book suggested a litho print route but the client was interested in our digital print quality. So prices were supplied for both digital PUR and litho Sewn. After our offer to produce wetproofs litho or digital they requested digital initially and the client was so happy with the colour reproduction of the digital proofs they chose to follow that route on the final print.
Following discussions of the exact cloth and blocking colours the final details were confirmed and the book was completed. The end user was so happy with the finished books he is looking to use SRP again for his next projects.
‘I am really delighted with the quality and appearance of the book. The printing of the pictures is really good and the extra weight of the paper was well worth while. I have had books printed before but nothing to compare with the care and attention that you gave to this book. It is an excellent result.’
Howard Dawes, The Dawes Trust
Due to continued expansion we are currently looking to add new talent to the team across all areas of the business.
If you are interested in joining our growing book printing production team please do get in touch via the link below.
Although there was no 'Exit, pursued by a bear' the 'Beast from the East' certainly made its presence felt last week in Exeter.
For the first time in our 37-year history we had to shut the factory for a day on Friday due to the weather.
After a long and snowy weekend we were all back in safely on Monday without a flake left in sight.
We recently printed professional photographer, and fellow Devonian, Nigel Hicks’ new title ‘Beautiful Devon’. Nigel, along with designer of the book [and long-time friend of SRP] Andy Jones of the Topics Creative Partnership came in to the works to see the first sheets rolling off the press.
We wish Nigel every success with this wonderful book and look forward to seeing it out in the shops.
We very much enjoy welcoming customers to the factory, press passes at SRP are very commonplace. If you would like to come and view your title in production or would like a factory tour ahead of placing your publication for print do please get in touch with either Mark, Rob or Ben.
Last week, as some of you will already know was ‘office favourite’ Ross’s last week at SRP. Ross is embarking on a wonderful year-long trip travelling around the world with friends. I’m sure you’ll all join us in wishing Ross the very best on his travels [despite our envy!].
We’ll be keeping a keen eye out for Ross in the crowd of the 4th Ashes test in Melbourne over the Christmas break to make sure he’s wearing his SRP-logo shirt as promised.
We are very pleased to announce the arrival of Ben Clark to Short Run Press. Ben will be heading up the customer service team and will be based at the factory in Exeter. With over 20 years’ experience in book and magazine manufacturing in both short and long runs Ben will be on hand to assist with any enquiry that you may have.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile - 07817 451761
Office - 01392 211909
We have recently commissioned a brand new hard back book binding line for both square and rounded hardbacks from the Italian manufacturer Zechini. The new line is proving a great success, offering a much wider range of formats than ever before. We’re now able to produce hardback books in both smaller and thinner formats for childrens books and diaries as well as very oversized and landscape book sizes with extents of up to 1000 pages and more for art books and museum monographs.
Pre-flight checking for Simon is, of course, second nature. He took this to a whole new level with a parachute jump from 15 000 feet at the weekend in aid of ‘Grace’s Next Step’ appeal. Congratulations to Simon for successfully completing the jump in aid of this excellent cause and even managing to perform a somersault upon exiting the plane. If you would also like to sponsor Simon please follow the link provided.
We’re very proud to announce the successful installation of an additional Komori colour printing press. The brand-new machine, built to our specification by Komori in Japan was installed during January with extensive training and optimisation carried out in February. The printed results coming off the new press are outstanding and the efficiencies gained through the larger sheet format of 640x940mm have reduced lead times in both printing and binding.
Please do get in touch with either Mark, Rob or Ben to find out more or even to arrange a visit to the factory to see the power of all three presses in action for yourself!
We are pleased to announce that Sharon Williams has recently joined Short Run Press as Sales Manager. Sharon comes to us with a breadth of knowledge and experience within the publishing and book printing industries. Based between Oxford and London Sharon will be on hand to discuss any publishing requirement you may have. We are delighted to welcome Sharon and are sure that she will very quickly become a highly valued member of the team.
Please note that we have recently changed our FTP service over to Wetransfer. You should find that upload speeds and reliability have both improved. It's easy to use, secure and no usernames or passwords are required. The FTP button on the home page of the website will now point you to the new service.
The old Hightail site is still functional for the time being and will be shut down in the coming months. If you need any more info or assistance please do get in touch.