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An Introduction to Mono Book Production
An understanding of print is vital for everyone involved in the production of books. This two-day course looks specifically at the challenges in producing mono books, from pre-press through to printing, finishing and distribution. It looks at the different technologies available, their pros and cons, and how to use them effectively.
BIC courses focus on the practical application of knowledge so, during this course, you will spend time at in the press-room and bindery, seeing first-hand how books are produced and learning how to apply this knowledge in your day-to-day role.
All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment which is recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.
As the factories can be very noisy, and to ensure that you get the most out of the course, we limit the group to six people. So don't delay in signing up for this course!
The course will provide you with the tools to be pro-active in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently.
You will learn about:
- The different print technologies available and how to pick the right one for your book
- What the ‘long tail’ is and how it works in practice
- How POD is different from traditional book production
- How to choose the right proof for your book
- How to prepare files for printers
- How plates are made
- Which papers are suitable for mono books and how to select the right one for your book
- How ink is made
- How cold-set and heat-set litho differ
- How cover finishes are achieved and how to use them cost effectively
- What to consider when designing a cover with finishes
- How binding works and what to consider when choosing a binding style
- How cases are made
- How to produce a slip case
- How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote
Read the complete course outline here.
This course in run at Clays' factory in Bungay, Suffolk. Please note: travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.
Heather O'Connell, Bluebird Consulting
Heather has more than 20 years’ experience in book publishing. Specialising in book production, she has held various positions including Production Director for Penguin Publishing and Harper Collins. She now runs a consultancy, using her passion for and knowledge of the industry to support a broad range Print and Publishing clients and industry initiatives. Read more about BIC's trainers here.
Clays are long established as a key supplier of monochrome books to the publishing industry, and in addition as offering supply chain solutions around print. At their factory in Suffolk they are producing 150m books/year from single copy print-on-demand through to mass market bestsellers with print runs up to a million copies. Clays has benefited from significant investment over the last ten years, to enable them to provide digital production services and an extensive distribution offering which complements the ever changing and fast moving books supply chain. Clays have a wealth of experience from a long established and stable workforce, many of whom are excited to have this opportunity to share their breadth of knowledge through this training programme.
ON THE DAY
All of BIC’s full day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.
Conquer Publishing Discoverability with BIC
BookMachine have teamed up with BIC to make sure that everyone who takes a BIC training course can be discovered quickly on BookMachine Connect. The courses are taught by experts in their field and teach all the core skills that those working in the publishing supply chain need to make a success of their careers. Find out more here: http://www.bic.org.uk/143/Conquer-Publishing-Discoverability-with-BIC/
Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.
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Book Industry Communication
BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.
BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.
We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.
Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.
Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice