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Re: cost of self publishing
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: cost of self publishing
- From: "Rupert N. Evans" <r-evans4@STAFF.UIUC.EDU>
- Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 22:33:42 -0500
- In-Reply-To: <199905240041.TAA31266@tsunami.cso.uiuc.edu>
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I beg to differ on the desirability of printing short run books on a laser
printer. I spent many years as a letterpress printer, and until recently,
still had letterpress equipment of my own.
A laser printer with adjustable fuser temperatures will put a durable image
on alkaline paper at a much lower cost than offset. At 1200 dpi the quality
is better than many offset printers produce.
If you have lots of time and money, by all means go letterpress.
It is _not_ correct that high humidity will cause laser printing to peel
off paper. Nor will temperatures bellow 120 degrees F affect laser
printing. At temperatures above 300 degrees F, the result is not to have
the image peel, but rather the toner will melt and block book pages.
At 08:23 PM 5/23/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>The idea of using a DTP software package is very much a necessity today. But
>I would take exception to the suggestion that anyone produce a final
>product on a Laser Printer.
>Work produced on these printers is acceptable for reproduction work but to
>put the effort into duplicating a project by laser printer to be bound is a
>great disservice to the term BookArts.
>The product from a Laser printer is temporary and will peel off the page
>when the heat and humidity are right or wrong depending on the which side of
>the fence you are on.
>If you want to do the work on a laser printer and take the results to a
>Quick Print shop for a Product to be Bound, that is approaching the correct
>way to do the job.
>I am going to suggest that the correct way to do the project is to have the
>type set Letterpress, printed on old Letterpress equipment on archival
>paper, then Hardbound using archival materials.
>If the letterpress process is a bit much, then at least have the work Offset
>Printed, then Bind and trim the product properly.
>Use the Laser printer for an original to take to the Quick Printer, nothing
>From: Jules Siegel <jsiegel@ACNET.NET>
>To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
>Date: Sunday, May 23, 1999 6:51 PM
>Subject: Re: cost of self publishing
>>From: Rupert N. Evans <r-evans4@STAFF.UIUC.EDU>
>>Date: Sunday, May 23, 1999 4:18 PM
>>Subject: Re: cost of self publishing
>>>If you _really_ want to self publish, it is relatively easy
>>to do the whole job yourself if you have a laser printer and
>>a word processor program. It helps if your laser printer has
>>a duplex attachment.