The History of Book Printing

The history of book printing can be traced back hundreds of years ago to China,
where most scholars believe the process’ origins began. Since then, the process
of book printing has changed greatly into the advanced, high-quality service
that Instant Publisher uses today and makes available to professional and
amateur writers alike. Here, we will take a look back at a short timeline
illustrating the evolution of the all-important book printing process:

  • Woodblock Printing
    – 220 AD – The technique of woodblock printing incorporated blocks of wood that were carved with text, images or patterns and then covered with an ink or dye. Similar to stamps, the blocks were then pressed onto cloth and later on paper, to reveal the carved text or design. This technique began in East Asia and then spread to Roman Egypt and other areas of the Middle East in the 4th
    century.
  • Movable Type Printing
    – 1040 – The first ever movable type was documented in China and was created
    out of porcelain. Every word was carved into a small piece of porcelain making
    typesetting and printing itself more efficient.
  • Printing Press -1450 – The famous German inventor Johannes Gutenberg created the Gutenberg press. This machine used movable type made from sturdy metal. The sturdier type material combined with the speed of the press machine made book printing faster than ever.
  • Inkjet Printing
    1976 – Jump to the 20th century and the invention of computers and you
    will find that inkjet printing has become the popular method of book printing.
    Both fast and inexpensive, inkjet printers create images or text by propelling
    droplets of ink onto paper.
  • Digital Printing
    –1993 – Similar to inkjet printing, digital printing uses ink droplets to create
    an image gained from a digital base like a computer. Digital printer is better
    for larger job such as book printing because it can print faster and produce
    more pages than smaller at-home inkjet printers. Since images and text can be
    received digitally, this allows book publishing companies like us to produce
    high-quality work for our customers all over the world.

“Print-On-Demand” & Marketing your Book at Book Fairs

InstantPublisher specializes in Print-on-Demand. They print product manuals, employee handbooks, and training manuals, and and all other types of printing services. After placing your order and printing your book, it’s time to market this possible “best seller.” Talk to many people to help market your book. Yes, Amazon and iTunes will probably sell multiple copies of your book, but exposure at book fairs (for example), starts your new network of people.

There are many book fairs coming to help sell your new novel. “Book Expos” or fairs offer great opportunities for authors to display their content, meet fellow authors, and hear insights from industry professionals. If you are pondering about attending or displaying your book at a book fair, here is a list of up-coming fairs.

NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL – September 24 – 25th
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB BOOK AND AUTHORS NIGHT – November 8th
BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL – September 15 – 18th
THE 60th ANNUAL JEWISH BOOK FAIR – November 2 – 13th
Miami Book Fair International– November 13 – 20th

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USA Book Fairs

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Edit Your Novel before Self-Publishing

Always let someone else proof your novel before you publish, and make sure your editor isn’t such a good friend that he/she won’t tell you about the problems he/she finds. Along with errant commas and missing words, your editor should look for plot holes, weak writing and unresolved situations.

{ A good editor will suggest changes that tighten up your novel and elevate it from good to great. }

Your copy editor (could be a friend who currently works at a big publishing house or a friend who’s a writer). These editors can suggest people who would be excellent editors. You may choose an experienced editor with 10+ years of experience or a newbie with 2-3 years experience. It’s also good to get 2-3 people to edit your book before self-publishing.

Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Time to fix those errors and polish your masterpiece.

Reread your novel, and as you finish each chapter, summarize the most important events that occur. Remember to focus on what happens in the novel including the character motivation and emotion that propels action and lends a human touch to the storyline.

Imagine that you’re telling your story to a group of friends. You won’t have their attention for five hours, but you will for a few minutes. So convey the essential storyline complete with tension, pacing and character emotion.

Make your synopsis complete and yet a quick read that stands on its own. The most effective synopsis provides the feeling of having read the entire book.

Of course, it’s impossible to tell from a single chapter or even the first few chapters whether an unknown writer can orchestrate the important elements of fiction — character, plot, dialogue, pacing, setting, and point of view. For this reason, editors find that fiction submissions of a plot synopsis or sample chapters aren’t enough to demonstrate, that the writer can carry through on what they promise. That’s why it’s important to write and rewrite your entire novel before submitting it for publication.

Printing your book is STEP #1 in your Self-Publishing Success Story

The mistake new authors make is in assuming that a physical copy of their book is the end goal. They don’t understand that creating a print copy is simply a step in the process. This is step #1. Then marketing comes. Authors must spread the word.

{ Printing your book is STEP #1 in Self-Publishing. }

The real problems begin when it comes time to market that print copy. Merely having a website on the internet or a placement on Amazon.com isn’t enough. You MUST have a way to drive traffic to your book.

Without major buzz, it is unlikely that people will flock to those sites in search of your book. More importantly, when you self-publish, you do not have access to the vehicles through which most new releases find homes: Libraries and large retail outlets like Barnes & Noble or Wal-Mart.

Some bookstores, under financial stress, are selling slots on their shelves to self-published writers, meaning that now the “author” not only has to pay for the printing of the book, he or she is also paying for space in a bookstore.

Self-publishing can be a viable alternative for non-fiction writers who are a part of a specific niche. Because they are connected to a well-defined segment of the market that is already interested in the subject matter, non-fiction writers have a potential leg up on sales. {It does help when you write a novel about a popular subject matter. This helps sell your novel.}

Although the fiction market is divided into genres, it’s tougher to harness that power because the market is so large and diffuse with many, many websites and social networking opportunities.

However, it does help you to have a professional website to sell your book. Also, you must have a blog. Blogs are very popular, and people can leave comments. Others will review these comments and the snowball effect starts. By word of mouth your book will start to get good reviews.

Yes, create a business Facebook page. This will help spread the word. Post comments about your new book 3-4 times per week on Facebook. *Note, make sure you post a link back to your website, about your book.

In summation, step #1 is to get your book printed. Self Publishing is a winner. To have success, you must network, network, network. Tell everyone you know about your book. *Yes, Amazon, and iTunes will help sell your book, but you must market your book by telling everyone that you have a new book.

*[Share your success story from self-publishing your book with InstantPublisher.]

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Advantages of outsourcing Print Production or Training Manual Printing

This brief describes major trends in print production, and purchasing strategies. Overall benefits of outsourcing print production are revealed with specific reasons why outsourcing saves time and money.

FACT= outsourcing print production can reduce marketing expenses by 5% to 30% or more.

Many of today’s successful companies are pursuing outsourcing arrangements with printing/publishing companies, for all their printing needs.

As this wave hits the print production arena, it is strengthening corporate profits, and propelling the rapid growth of a brand new service firm, publishing companies.

Print commerce is one of the biggest opportunities for corporations to reduce costs. That should come as no surprise when you consider the amount of money spent on printing. Companies need employee handbooks, training manuals, and other types of product manuals. Companies have the opportunity to save money.

American corporations annually purchase over $150 million dollars worth of brochures, catalogs, direct mail, annual reports and sales collateral materials, not to mention business forms, letterhead, envelopes, packaging and point-of-sale materials.

{Companies spend close to 3% of annual revenues on printing.}

Outsource your printing needs.

One possible reason for companies not saving, as much as they could, is that there are too many people inside the corporation who are authorized to buy printing. One team buys forms and letterhead. Another buys packaging. Two or three departments, plus a handful of agencies, are authorized to buy custom collateral pieces, etc. You start to see the picture. Why should you purchase from several different companies. Use one (1) company for all your printing needs.

Some corporations may not realize how much money is being spent, or that there is a way to effectively outsource this function on a corporate basis to benefit your business.

Outsourcing the print process has the potential to save billions of dollars for corporations around the globe. As the internet economy continues to unfold, more and more corporations will seek to seize this opportunity. People us the internet to find the next big thing or in this case, you can take care of your companies printing needs to save money.

Emerging to serve this growing need is a fairly new printing firm – InstantPublisher.com. InstantPublisher is characterized by “Fast Turnaround,” “Affordability,” “Ease of Use,” “Options,” and “Live Customer Support.”

It’s important to note that InstantPublisher has been around for 10 years. We can take care of all your printing needs. Try us for your employee handbook printing, training manual printing, product manuals and other printing needs.

Business Manual Printing

Instantpublisher.com can help with your business printing needs. Instantpublisher.com also specializes in Product Manual printing, employee handbook printing, Financial Statement printing, Training Manual printing and all other types of printing service.

Many executives like to use our printing service because of the ease of printing straight from their office, the speed of our turnaround, the high quality of our finished product and the cost of our printing service.

Product Manual Printing

Many of our business customers use Instantpublisher (a prestigious book publishing company) for their product manual printing not only because of the advantages mentioned above, but because of our print on demand service that saves storage and does not tie up unnecessary funds. Most executives can easily understand the advantages of JIT Product Manual printing, keeping these advantages in mind with a very high quality product at a very reasonable cost. Give Instantpublisher.com a shot at your product Product Manual and we are sure you will be pleased with the outcome.

Employee Handbook Printing

Companies are required to have employee handbooks printed and this poses a problem for many small companies on deciding who will do their Employee Handbook printing. Many companies opt for in house employee handbook printing and do not realize that with the labor, paper and toner costs involved with printing the handbook that they could have had it done professionally to begin with and saved time and money all without leaving the office.

Training Manual Printing

The benefits of our training manual printing are the same as above, plus we can spiral bind them for you. This is very important to many companies on their Training Manual priniting because the books will lay flat and last longer.

If you have any questions about Instantpublisher.com’s printing service, feel free to CONTACT US. And for any questions about product manual printing, business manual printing, book printing, or book publishing.

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