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BIC's Pre-Press for Publishing Training Course

Book Industry Communication

Thursday, 7 November 2019 from 09:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

BIC's Pre-Press for Publishing Training Course

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
BIC Members   more info 30 Oct 2019 £200.00 £11.49 £42.30
Friends of BIC   more info 30 Oct 2019 £240.00 £13.69 £50.74
Non-Members   more info 30 Oct 2019 £280.00 £15.89 £59.18

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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.

All of BIC's 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. 

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 BIC's Pre-Press for Publishing Course 


Purpose of the Course
Taught by a pre-press expert on their premises, this is an interactive course focusing on the pre-press workflow from image selection to file supply – whether that’s for print or digital distribution.

Poor image selection and mistakes at pre-press can be very expensive. As such, this course aims to provide delegates with the skills to minimise the risk to their organisation and ensure they know how to get the intended result.


Benefits of Attending
Using a combination of seminar-based discussions, activities and practical demonstrations, this course will provide an overview of the pre-press workflow and print processes.

The pre-press world is full of jargon and complex terminology which can be hard to decipher. This course clearly explains the process and will demystify the language and techniques, helping delegates to avoid some of the most common pitfalls and unnecessary expenditure, and solve problems quickly and easily.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 5.


Course Level
This course is for anyone in publishing who is responsible for the selection of images, the creation and output of files for books or the finished quality of books. It is aimed at those with no previous, formal training in colour. 


Course Outline
The topics covered will include:

  • How to create a great pre-press brief
  • How to assess image quality and its suitability for each project
  • Understanding colour theory and how it impacts the finished book
  • Understanding colour management
  • How retouching can improve an image
  • How to colour correct
  • Specifying the correct file format for your needs
  • Understanding the different proofing options available and knowing which one is right
  • Knowing the different digital options available and being able to select the most appropriate one for your requirements

 Read the full course outline here.


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. Heather now runs a consultancy, using her passion for and knowledge of the industry to support a broad range of print and publishing clients and industry initiatives.


Daniel Simpson

Daniel Simpson

Client Services Director


One of the founding partners of the leading and award-winning, pre-press company Zebra. With over 25 years’ experience, Daniel has overseen the transition in production workflow from analogue to today’s digital offering; encompassing all aspects of colour management, retouching, proofing and page production. Daniel is currently responsible for the delivery of a multitude of projects for clients ranging across publishing, agency and blue chip companies.



Feedback for this Course
"This course contains lots of useful information about every day topics that don’t usually get discussed; a chance to ask questions you’ve always wanted to ask!" - Anon.

Would you recommend this course? "Absolutely [...] it provides a publisher with the knowledge to oversee the pre-press process confidently and communicate clearly." - Sarah Worrall, National Galleries of Scotland

"It was really useful to focus on this information with experts [...] The course was excellent overall. Perfect environment for discussion and asking questions." - Nicola Platt, Taylor & Francis Group



Date & Frequency of this Course in 2019
Thursday 7th November 2019.
This course will run once in 2019.

Bespoke and In-House Training
BIC is committed to providing high quality, accessible training for the book industry. We are able to provide both bespoke courses and in-house training to suit your requirements. This courses is suitable for in-house training so please do contact us to request further information or to make a booking:


Course Location
Zebra, London.


Course Length
This is a full day course.


BIC Members £200 + VAT
Friends of BIC £240 + VAT
Non Members £280 + 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 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
Tube / Rail Stations:
Elephant & Castle

London City Airport – 8 miles, ca 30 min by car
Heathrow – 30 miles, ca 1 hour 15 min by car
Luton – 35 miles, ca 1 hour 30 min by car
Stansted – 38 miles, ca 1 hour 10 min by car
Gatwick – 30 miles, ca 1 hour 20 min by car

Car Park:
NCP Park Cark London Bridge (approx. 15 min walk)



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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.


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 Pre-Press for Publishing Training Course? Contact Book Industry Communication

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When & Where

134a New Kent Road
SE1 6TU London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 7 November 2019 from 09:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

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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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