Well, as I said, yesterday was supposed to be launch day for my book but it turned out to be a total disappointment.
The printers I have been working and negotiating with for eight months pulled out at the very last minute – when I pointed out to them that their widely advertised ‘case binding’ was nothing more than a ‘perfect binding’ in a hard cover.
For those of you who don’t understand the terminology – as the printer was hoping for with me – a ‘perfect binding’ is printed as single sheets and glued along the spine with a hot melt glue – just like a paperback novel. It is anything BUT perfect and totally unsuited to long term use.
A ‘case binding’ involves printing pages in signatures which are then gathered into groups and sewn through the fold to join each signature together. After other preparation, including adding open-weave cloth to spine, this text block is glued into the covers and the endpapers are pasted down over the edges of the open-weave cloth to form a strong hinge. The book is ‘cased’ in a hard cover of cardboard covered with cloth or decorative paper.
So, ‘Promises-On-Demand-Worldwide’ have stuffed me around for eight months and I am now negotiating with a real printer and binder to get the job done.
Short run printing was never going to be easy but it didn’t need to be this hard either.
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