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BIC's An Introduction to Mono Book Production Training Course

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 10:00 - Friday, 30 June 2017 at 17:00 (BST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
BIC Members
BIC members only. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie ( for further information.
Ended £315.00 £17.82 £66.56
Friends of BIC
For BIC Non-Members, who are members of any of the following organisations: ALPSP, BA, BookMachine, CILIP, EDItEUR, IPR Licensing, NAG, PA, PLS. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie ( for further information.
Ended £365.00 £20.57 £77.11
IPG members are eligible for a 20% discount on the BIC Non-Member ticket price - email for further information. Please note: travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie ( for further information.
Ended £415.00 £23.32 £87.66

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Created by the book industry, for the book industry

For an empowered, informed supply chain

Established in 1991, BIC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation without commercial objective or emphasis. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the UK book industry to produce quality training courses that are created and delivered by expert, highly respected trainers on a wide range of supply chain topics. Being a not-for-profit organisation, BIC is able to offer all of its training at highly competitive rates. If there is a topic that you would like us to provide training on, that we do not provide at present, get in touch; we also welcome enquires about the provision of bespoke in-house courses.




BIC's An Introduction to Mono Book Production Training Course 

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.

This course focuses on the practical application of knowledge so you will spend time 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.

As the factory can be very noisy, we limit the number of attendees for this course to 6 to ensure that you get the most out of the day.

All BIC Production courses are designed in conjunction with a panel of Production Directors from leading publishing houses to ensure that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses. 

This 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.


Course Outline
This course has a practical emphasis and ensures that all theoretical elements are accompanied by a practical application. Each section will contain a problem-solving element, to enable the attendees to gain an understanding of the potential pitfalls, how to avoid them and how to spot them if they do occur. The topics covered will include:

  • 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 full course outline here.


Course Level
This course is aimed at those who are or would like to be responsible for the production of mono books. It is aimed at those new to mono production or those who have learnt ‘on the job’ and who would like a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the manufacture of books.


The Trainer

  • Heather O'Connell

    Heather O'Connell


Heather has more than 20 years’ experience in book publishing. Specialising in book production, she has held various positions including Production Director for Penguin UK and HarperCollins Publishers. 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.

  • Rebecca Souster

    Rebecca Souster

    Clays Ltd

    Account Manager

Rebecca started her career at Clays, after completing an MA at University College London in 2014, by creating a publishing services department to support the growth of small, micro and indie-publishers. With a background in design and production, Rebecca works very closely with a range of publishing clients, offering in-depth guidance and advice on design, book production and supply chain solutions. Rebecca has gained a wealth of experience through involvement with World Book Night and the Man Booker Prize, alongside facilitating print and distribution solutions for small start-up publishers.



Feedback for this Course
“Incredibly useful. I learnt a lot.” - Anon.

What component of the training was most effective for you? “The practical demonstration of theoretical elements discussed. It was very informative to see all the various printing processes.” - Anon.

“Overall an excellent course which was very well presented by all concerned.” - Anon.



Date & Frequency of this Course in 2017
Thursday 29th - Friday 30th June 2017.
This course will run once in 2017.


Course Location
Clays Ltd, Bungay. 


Course Length
This is a two-day course.


BIC Members £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC £365 + VAT
Non Members £415 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.
Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.


On the Day 
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.


WiFi Access
A password will be provided on the day to delegates.


Travel Information
Rail station:
Diss |

We suggest that delegates should catch the 9:00(am) train from London Liverpool Street to Diss on Thursday 29th June and return on the 17:17 train to London on Friday 30th June 2017. NB, delegates travelling by train will be collected from Diss station and taken to the factory by car. 

London City Airport – 115 miles, ca 130 min by car
Heathrow – 140miles, ca 150 min by car
Luton – 120 miles, ca 130 min by car
Stansted – 85 miles, ca 100 min by car
Gatwick – 140 miles, ca 150 min by car

Car parks:
Please let us know if you intend to drive to Clays as parking at the factory is limited. Alternative nearby car parks include: 
Bungay Car Park (approx 6 min walk)


Accommodation Information
Upon receiving your booking confirmation for this course, we will be in touch to provide accommodation information to all our delegates, which includes a range of hotels and B'n'Bs which are located in and around Bungay. 



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Course Cancellations

Please note: as we price our training courses so keenly, the running of them is dependent on there being a set minimum number of delegates registered by the time the booking period ceases. For this reason, please be aware that unfortunately some courses may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all training courses booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 2 weeks prior to each course date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.

NB: The date of this course may change if absolutely necessary, as its running is dependent on Clays’ availability and schedule. BIC will endeavour to give delegates as much notice as possible if the date of the course is changed and will reschedule the course as soon as possible thereafter.


Refund Policy

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy:

Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:
Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund
Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund
Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund.

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the training course you have booked, no refund will be given.

Please note: Tickets are transferable within your organisation.

Do you have questions about BIC's An Introduction to Mono Book Production Training Course? Contact Book Industry Communication

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When & Where

Clays Ltd
Popson Street
NR35 1ED Bungay
United Kingdom

Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 10:00 - Friday, 30 June 2017 at 17:00 (BST)

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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


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