In prior blog postings, I have written about a 450-page, 8.5” x 11” book I’ve been working on with a client of mine. My client and her boss have looked at a number of press runs (from 1,600 to 10,000 copies) and binding options (perfect binding and plastic coil binding). I have approached digital printers (with the new HP T230 web-fed inkjet press), sheetfed printers, and web offset printers.
It has actually been quite a learning experience for me, albeit a much longer print brokering process than most. But my client is printing savvy, so she has sought my counsel and pricing multiple times throughout the print book design process.
What I noticed this week in reviewing the last set of estimates is that different printers have different equipment, skills, and capabilities. I know I have said as much in prior blogs, but I was clearly reminded of this fact once again.