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FREE ONLINE BOOK SALES EXPOSURE

FREE ONLINE BOOK SALES EXPOSURE

Love of Books is launching a brand new service to assist authors who have printed books or eBooks with Love of Books Australia-wide.

What we are doing

WE ARE OFFERING FREE ONLINE BOOK SALES EXPOSURE : We are creating a dynamic opportunity for authors Australia-wide, as a thank-you to our self published authors.

How is FREE ONLINE BOOK SALES EXPOSURE possible?

We are creating a high impact featured website to promote your new book FREE ONLINE absolutely FREE OF CHARGE.

What will the WEBSITE page do?

Give you FREE ONLINE BOOK SALES EXPOSURE through search engines on-line.

What goes on the website page?

The page will display a 3D image of YOUR NEW BOOK. ( We create this 3D image free of charge. You may request a free copy) A brief summary of your book can be displayed with the 3D image.  A link to you as the authors point of sale will also be placed alongside the book image and description.

 Rules: The only things we ask of you is:

You must place our link www.loveofbooks.com.au and/or a brief testimonial on your page where you are advertising your book for sale.

Use appropriate language and words, as per our advice to help increase your sales opportunities. That’s it! 

We will give you the 3d image of your book along with the on-line exposure option free of charge. It is our way of saying thank-you. 

Extras: A professional review of your new self-published book can also be provided for small charge. If you purchase a publishing package over 5,000 dollar value you are entitled to two professional book reviews at no charge. Absolutely FREE of charge. Reviews are limited to professionally edited books only.

Why are we doing this?

We like to be different. Other publishers are selling … or supposedly selling self published authors books in their on-line stores.  They then send authors the small royalty from the sales… if any. In turn, turning over profit margins from the sales of the self-published authors books.  The feedback we receive back from authors all over the world is how we received this information.

We decided to think outside the box. Yes, we like to be different!

Love of Books-Testimonials

Ricci Carr

‘It is my pleasure to have discovered the self – publishing business Love of Books. My grateful thanks goes out to Julie McGregor and the team @ www.loveofbooks.com.au. For over a period of time of development through to publishing of my book I can sing but where is my voice? I have had the most wonderful experience of attention to detail AND getting the job done right. Being a new author I was on shakey ground – should not have worried as there was the team for support and getting the job done. I cannot thank Love of Books enough and can highly recommend to other searching authors. Feel the first time fear and do it anyway.You will reap the benefits. A true professional business with a publishing team that not only really knows their stuff, but have a real care factor.
THANK YOU LOVE OF BOOKS’

Canon Jim Glennon

‘I was very pleased to find Love of Books when I was looking for a way to self publish my book Healing is a Way of Life. Love of Books, having the advantage of being based in Australia, made self-publishing a real option for me. As I went through the process, Julie McGregor, the Director, was extremely helpful – patiently answering my questions, either by email or phone. She made the whole book publishing process an interesting and rewarding experience. I feel that I have gained a friend, not just a business contact, and can thoroughly recommend Love of Books, especially for Australian authors. Zillah Williams For purchasing enquiries: <a href=”mailto:zillahw@tpg.com.au”>zillahw[at]tpg.com.au</a> Writer <a href=”http://users.tpg.com.au/zillah46/index.html”>http://users.tpg.com.au/zillah46/index.html’</a>

John R. Small

‘I recently had my book – ‘My Budget Mate’ – published through Love of Books.
Although my daughter did the formatting and other computer work for the book, she did so under Julie McGregor’s guidance. Also, we had our own artist who provided many ‘cartoony’ drawings for the book and again, with Julie McGregor’s assistance, these were provided to her in the quality necessary for printing.
Julie McGregor was always accommodating of our requests and nothing was a bother or inconvenience to her. We are very pleased with the outstanding service provided by McGregor and her team.

As far as the physical production of ‘My Budget Mate’ was concerned, it came with some challenges to Julie’s team. The book is a ‘hands on’ workbook, showing not only how to create a budget but also, more importantly, how to operate a budget. Being a workbook of 368 pages where entries can be made in the book, it was imperative that the book opened out flat no matter what page was being worked on. Julie went to great lengths to find a printer who could do this at an affordable price. The end result is fantastic – thank you Julie McGregor.

If you are looking to self-publish your work, you will find it difficult to go past Love of Books for the professionalism and affordability offered by Julie McGregor and her team. I highly recommend Love of Books. John R Small <a href=”http://www.mybudgetmate.com.au”>http://www.mybudgetmate.com.au’</a>

Charli Winters

‘The team at Love of Books has been very supportive, courteous and professional. They have helped me publish my very first book called Unexpected Magic. If I had any concerns or queries along the way, they addressed them immediately. I like the fact they are happy to work with me not just during the process of editing, typesetting, formatting & marketing, but also after the book is print ready and is set up on the various selling channels. I told Julie – the owner of Love of Books – that she’s a super woman. She’s always working, even late into the night at times to make sure clients are well taken care of as I discovered when sending out emails a few times early evening. Thanks Love of Books for helping me getting my book published!
All the best,
Charli Winters’

Tony Hogben

‘After many decades in the Racing Game. I decided to collate all my notes and publish a book…..well, two and half years on, I came to the conclusion that publishers and their agents were just a bunch of miscreants…….then I found Love of Books……a brilliant, very professional business service that knows the publishing game backwards, and treats customers as being vital to the success of this business…. …..Authors, spoil yourselves, deal only with Love of Books…..and you will avoid the heartbreak, despair and financial loss that comes with searching for an agent/publisher.’ Tony Hogben. ‘Winners, Losers and Lowlifes’

Ken Butcher

‘Love of Books staff worked with me to publish a large and complex theological book of 718 Pages in Crown Quarto size. During this time I was most unwell, battling terminal cancer and palliative cancer treatments. I needed someone I could lean on and trust and who would see this project through, if necessary posthumously. Although there were difficult periods where I wondered whether I would live to see it completed, the project is now in its final stages and I am grateful for Melanie supporting me with all the final details in the crucial stages on completion to ensure everything is completely to my satisfaction’.’ Ken Butcher ‘The Church; What On Earth Is It?’

John Duffy

I want to thank Love of Books, and all the staff, for a wonderful experience in producing my book, the “Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’ Guide”. From initial contact to completion of dispatch, I have been impressed with Love of Books constant level of professionalism, care and support all round. They were sensitive to the personal loss in my family (at the time I first expressed interest in their business). They were able to offer me a fantastic range of services, and advise me on doing “little things” under my own volition (to increase the satisfaction of personally achieving various aspects of production). Julie was amazing in production of the product, and advice for marketing and future development of the book. The Dispatch department was brilliant, contacting me personally regarding distribution and related requirements. I found their attention to detail extremely beneficial, and their advice based on years of experience invaluable. After seeking a range of suppliers, they are the most economic for quality publishers I encountered. I cannot adequately express how impressed I was with the final product. They assisted my plans with self publishing into a reality, and I am grateful. I look forward to Love of Books continued support and services in the future, and recommend them to anyone seeking to self-publishing. Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’s Guide by John Duffy: http://johnduffy.net.au/book/ABCD_Guide.html

Lora Brand

I have found working with Love of Books has been a great journey. Getting a book published through Love of Books was made easy and uncomplicated. All the fears I had were dissipated as I was walked through a step by step process along the way. Being unfamiliar with Formatting, files and programmes the team was very helpful in my accomplishment in having my book published. No Question was too dumb or hard. Thank you Love of Books.

Peter Boey

The question for every new writer is whether to self publish or try your luck through a traditional publishing house. If you believe in your dream and want to get your book published, Julie, Clare, Paul and the team at Love of Books will help your dream be realised. To hold your cherished life’s work as a professionally published book in your hands, confident to show friends and customers the culmination of all your hard work, is unsurpassed. Julie and Clare has endless patience as you work together, on a personal level, on all aspects of business to get the job done. If you’re wondering what to do with that “finished” manuscript hiding in your top draw, then I recommend that you give Love of Books a call. Publishing a book is a truly rewarding experience. Regards, Peter. www.peterboey.com.

Janet Poole

“I am delighted with the quality of my completed book and the response to my cover has been amazing. My book has gone on to receive many rave reviews and several internationally recognised literary awards. Julie and her team have the utmost integrity and they helped me realize my dream of self publishing my own book. I was unwilling to hand over the rights to a publisher, yet I needed professional assistance in cover design, formatting and printing. Julie’s willingness to help is genuine; when you work with her you keep your rights, you get peace of mind and you sign off on the finished product. Love of Books self publishing success provides a much needed and trustworthy service for authors.” www.janetpoole.com

Matthew Mazzaferro

I recently used Love of Books for the first time and the standard of service and quality was fantastic. Considering my situation were I needed a quick turnaround in time for a charity function after a similar company let me down. The team at Love of Books were quick to help me pick the pieces and get the job complete. I highly recommended them and look forward to working with them in the future.

Emma Hill

Life is amazing. That is one thing I know for a fact. In 2001 I wrote a manuscript that changed my life – quite literally. It took me three months and once I was finished, I put it aside and continued to live my life. Eight years later, I picked my manuscript knowing that it was time to really bring it to life and self publish it. With the help of a very good friend, we read it over and edited it many times over until it was almost perfect. Then I got in contact with a printing and publishing company named ‘Love of Books’ in Brisbane. When I phoned, I was greeted by a cheerful woman, Julie, who was more helpful than anyone I had ever met in my life. I sent her my manuscript and with her help we turned it into my very first self published book. Julie helped me with all the requirements need to self publish my book. My formatting, my front cover design, my paper size and type, and everything else from behind the scenes that goes into getting a book created for retail sale. Her husband, John, also had a hand in organising the printing of my books and the delivery. After that she organised my web page, my press releases and then helped me with absolutely everything else that I asked her about. Three years later and Love of Books have helped me self publish print and another two books, which make up my Saga and the help I had received in the beginning turned in to much more… support and that it something that any up and coming author holds dear to their heart. http://www.thelinkedsaga.com/

Julian Ledlin

Thank-you Love of Books for guiding me through the unfamiliar territory to get me self published. The book publishing process was extremely smooth and I’m really pleased with how my new books have turned out and at such a good rate. I am very appreciative to the amount of time taken to field my many questions, the level of communication leaves other self publishers I have approached for dead. I found my emails would be replied to within minutes and felt a genuine care and dedication towards the book which I had poured my heart into over the last 12+ months. People’s initial comments when they see the finished book is “It’s just like a real book.” And it is. It sits confidently alongside any book produced by a massive publisher. The colour reproduction of the cover was spot on – there is no variation in the 100 copies I had printed. The matt finish on the cover is perfect and great quality. The Love of Books process was just too easy. Thank-you team at Love of Books- for helping me get the best possible result. You made it a pleasure to dive into the world of self-publishing and cut out the middle man once and for all. Order Johnny Foolish at www.johnnyfoolish.com for just $15 plus postage – All profits got to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) 270 page Paperback for kids aged 7-11.

Love of Books

So you have a love of books!

You may like reading books or like some, you may like writing books.

You love your work naturally. So lets look after it and keep it safe.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BACKING UP YOUR WORK:

Some of you may be thinking to yourselves, “but Word saves automatically, doesn’t it?” Others, “what’s a backup plan?” But there are some of you who know exactly what I’m talking about. The ones who’ve lost data. Word’s auto-save feature IS NOT FAIL PROOF. Memory sticks, computers and portable hard-drives all can defect.

So what does one do?

Back up in several places. One backup on a memory stick or even two. One on your computer and one on an on-line storage facility.  Some people don’t backup anything on their computer in-case it get’s stolen. You wouldn’t want your years of hard work in the hands of someone else would you?
 
I know people who have used on-line storage systems such as drop-box, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. All have informed me that they have never lost any of their valuable work.

Why are on-line storage systems so good?

You can have a few gigs of space with them for free.
You can access your files from anywhere, on any device with cloud storage on any computer with internet.
 
Look-up Cloud storage options on the internet.  Find one that is just right for you. Stating off with Microsoft OneDrive is a good option if your new to on-line storage options. This one normally comes with your Microsoft Windows program.
By Ian Lewis (Director) Love of Books Australia-wide

Self Publishing and Marketing

Self Publishing and Marketing

Book Marketing ideas that work

1) Internet Press Release

An internet press release may not necessarily get you media attention, but it can often get you some good traffic. In addition, you can include a link in the press release so that people can click on
and head to your purchase page.

2) Book Reviews

An easy way to gain massive amounts of attention for your book is to get your book reviewed in the papers or a publication with a good following. Just make sure you target the right media and pitch your book to the right people.

3) Others’ Blogs

Commenting constructively on other blogs relevant to your book, or getting a guest post on a blog with good traffic will help you gain some cheap traffic to your book. Make sure you can link back to your book when you comment on other’s blogs. Do not overtly promote your book (it’s considered spam), but make constructive comments that add value.

4) Bookmarks

Bookmarks with a tagline and ordering information is a powerful promotional tool for you. You can leave some at the local café. Give it as a gift to people who may be interested in your book. And if a book store agrees to stock your book, ask them to give your bookmark as a gift to any customer who purchase any book from their store. This will get you lots of exposure to book readers!

5) Create a Youtube video

Videos are proven to get more buyers. You-tube has over 1 billion unique visitors each month who watch 6 billion hours of videos each month. It’s a channel you cannot ignore. At the minimum, get a video about your book uploaded…and make sure you have a link that points to where they can buy your book.

6) Start Blogging

Create your own blog website and start blogging about anything relevant to your book. Create short informative articles or short stories, depending on your genre of your book. Use your blog to gain a following and for people to get a taste of your writing. The more you blog, the more the search engines are going to pay attention to you and give you free traffic.

7) Twitter

There’s various book clubs and book enthusiast that are on Twitter. You just have to find them and get them to Tweet about your book. Thankfully we have found a couple of Tweeter who can Tweet about your book to over 100,000 book enthusiasts for an affordable price.

Books Not Selling?

Why are your books not selling?

Or if you are thinking of getting your manuscript published read this first.

One of the most heart-breaking things for an author is to invest months and possibly years into a book and have it published, but then it doesn’t sell.

Some of our authors get thousands of dollars paid in book royalties each year, and yet some have very little to shout about.

Learning from both successes and failures, this article will identify the core reasons a book doesn’t sell.

Book published/not yet published

1) Book is poorly written

Goes without saying, a poorly written book without good structure and proper proofreading will have little chance of succeeding in the marketplace. The solution? Plan your book structure out before you write it and make sure you get your book proofread by professionals.

2) Cover Doesn’t Grab Attention

That’s why you should invest a in a simple eye catching cover design. It is one of the key factors in attracting potential readers to your book. You generally have about 8 seconds to grab the attention of your prospective readers. Make sure your cover looks great.

3) The Price Ain’t Right

This is especially important with eBooks. If you price your book too high, no one is going to give your book a second look. At the same time, some of our authors have highly priced books in certain niche markets yet do very well. So as a general rule of thumb, the wider your book audience, the cheaper it has to be. The more niched and targeted your book is, the higher you can price it.

The best thing to do? Spend a few minutes on Amazon.com and have a look at other bestselling books in your genre that you’re competing with…what are their pricing their books at?Then price your book accordingly.

4) Your Blurb

Your book blurb, or the short description about your book is one of the key things to convert interested prospects into buying readers. Give as much as possible about your book, and leave them hanging for more. If you have a non-fiction book, make sure you can communicate the benefits of reading your book. For example: overcome snoring, have better relationship with your children, make a million dollars in 7 years in stocks etc.

5) No Personal Marketing Effort

Sadly, most authors think that once the book is published, their work is done. Successful authors know that is just the beginning of it. They get on radio shows, write articles for their local rag, write guest blog posts, speak at local associations, and develop relationships with bookstores…. the list goes on.

The point is that authors who treat their book as a business have an infinitely higher possibility of success. It is a rarity that any author had solely depended on their publisher to achieve the success they had. Household names today like John Grisham, JK Rowling and Robert Kiyosaki all had to work hard to promote their books initially. If you want to be a successful
author, you’ll need the same commitment.

6) Title

It goes without saying that your title and subtitle on the cover is just as important.

Hope this helps

Best Regards,

Ian Lewis

What’s stopping you?

What is stopping you?

I realise most of the time, my biggest enemy is myself.

For example, I’m really good at coming up with genuinely valid reasons for getting fit and healthy.
There’s the kids I have to take care of, the pain in my arm, the cold weather, Jenny is coming over for coffee or that my favourite program is on TV.
All genuine valid reasons, do you think?
But once in a while, I remember my dream to fit into that size 10 dress, to turn heads like I used to…in that moment of inspiration, I take out my runners and do a 30 minute run.
…and it feels so good doesn’t it!
So what’s stopping you from finally getting your book published? Or writing your second book?
Well, based on our conversations with thousands of potential authors, it seems 2 things keep coming up: Time and Money.
I’m afraid I can’t help give you more time.
But we with our new packages we have certainly made the ‘money factor’ a whole lot easier for everyone.
Never has it been more affordable to get your book published and sold worldwide.
To find out more about our affordable, amazing publishing packages, simply call 1300 556 529 or email us at info@loveofbooks.com.au.
It’s never been easier to fulfill your dream of getting your book published!
To Your Success,
Shay and the team at Love of Books Australia-wide.

Website Tips by Ian Lewis

 Driving traffic to your website.

After all- driving people (traffic) to your website increases the potential for sales.

Here are some proven tips for success:

* The first tip is to be very patient and prepare to lose some money before you earn some. View it as an investment and bid the amount that will grant you the most money.

* The second tip is to adopt the strategy of focusing on ad groups and of going for misspelled words or words written as one. This will enable you to generate more traffic.

* The third tip is to make sure that there is a very strong relevance between the keyword, the ad text, and the landing page content.

* The fourth tip is to know your prospective customers and adjust based on their possible demands.

* Fifth, maintain efficiency. You can do this by saving space through the use of an ampersand instead of the word “and.”

* Lastly, make sure that you insert dynamic keywords that are able to attract prospective customers.

Ian Lewis

A New Chapter for Love of Books

I was extremely fortunate to be given the Love of Books business data, websites and social media sites in October 2016 by a family with such a passion for publishing. A family that created a publishing business model like no other.

I thoroughly enjoy my new working life along with its challenges. I look forward to each new day with optimism. I am fortunate to be in a job that I enjoy.

I will continue to use the same streamlined process and competitive pricing along with the care, support and diligence models of the original founders in order to assist authors reach their goals and dreams. Myself and my team members Lisa, Shay, Marie, Angie, Jake Fleur and Tony all are passionate in regards to assisting authors bring their written creations to life.

You have an idea, a great story that needs to be told. It’s simply fitting you stay in control throughout the whole print and publication process. Getting a book published can be a rewarding experience; however, it can be bewildering for the uninitiated.

Let us make this journey HASSLE FREE!

We are committed to offering authors the best self-publishing experience through a wide range of innovative services and tools designed to realize every author’s unique creative vision.

Time is money and money is time, and those words could be out there in a few days earning some good old-fashioned cash, and pushing you up the rankings faster than you can say ‘JK Rowling is a publishing phenomenon’ – so what are you waiting for? In light of this it’s time to establish a string presence as an author. Go on people, the time is now.

It’s about offering you quality service without taking the reins from you.

Ian Lewis

“Expressing love and passion for books, one page at a time.”

“Love of Books Escapades”

“Self-Publishing books full of love”

“Self-Publishing books with love”

“Recognize the quality in yourself, in your book, and in your heart”

“Self-Publishing & Self-Expression with the Love of Books Easy Process”

Love of Books and Ian Lewis

Love of Books Australia-wide.

The site for self publishers.

My name is Ian Lewis. Registered Business ABN number 70 213 078 398.

I was extremely fortunate to be given the Love of Books business data, websites and social media sites in October 2016 by a family with such a passion for publishing they created a publishing business model like no other.

I will continue to use the same streamlined process and competitive pricing along with the care, support and diligence models of the original founders in order to assist authors with their goals and dreams.

Myself and my team members Lisa, Shay, Marie, Angie, Jake Fleur and Tony all are passionate in regards to assisting authors bring their written creations to life.

Jules, one of the original founders will be still available for consultations to this business as an employee on a part time basis.

But this page is not all about us — it’s also about you! Send us a preview of your manuscript, tell us what your goals are for your book. Let us unlock the secrets of your written masterpiece.

Care is our main point of difference. That is who we are as individuals. Our dedicated book publishing team will take the time for you.

Apples versus Apples: It may be true that you only get what you pay for. But what if you get the opportunity to pay less for your book publishing and book printing within Australia and get more?

Ask about our half price eBook package with world-wide distribution Or half price formatting/content book layout design service. Or half price professional cover design service. Offers available with new publishing packages purchased until July 2017.

Self publish hardcover book printing

Self publish hardcover book printing

Thіѕ article lооkѕ at thе роѕѕіbіlіtіеѕ fоr ѕеlf publishing hаrdсоvеr books.

In traditional рublіѕhіng, іt іѕ next tо impossible tо gеt a соntrасt tо рublіѕh a hardback book, unless уоu are a wеll knоwn, high sales, bеѕt ѕеllеr, blосkbuѕtеr аuthоr, whісh most реорlе simply are NOT. The gооd nеwѕ for an author whо really wants a hard back book рublіѕhеd is thаt thеrе аrе a lоt оf options thеѕе dауѕ. Thе аrеа оf ѕеlf publishing hаѕ changed thе рublіѕhіng wоrld forever, and that іѕ great nеwѕ for аuthоrѕ.

Thе mаіn есоnоmіс dіffеrеnсе between self рublіѕhіng and trаdіtіоnаl publishing іѕ thаt in self publishing, thе author bеаrѕ the cost оf the рrіntіng рrосеѕѕ. Whіlе that mіght ѕееm, tо ѕоmе, tо be a bad thіng, іt іѕ аlѕо important tо bear in mіnd thаt the аuthоr аlѕо hаѕ near tоtаl control over the printing рrосеѕѕ, thе сhоісеѕ оf рареr, рrіnt tуре, binding, bооk jасkеt (and thе design thеrеоf), рrоmоtіоn аnd mаrkеtіng, аnd almost еvеrу оthеr аrеа of the рrоduсtіоn process. For an аuthоr whо wаntѕ to рublіѕh hеr оr hіѕ bооk іn a very сеrtаіn wау, this is аn unhеаrd of lеvеl of соntrоl.

Self рublіѕhіng hаrdсоvеr books, іѕ, nаturаllу, mоrе еxреnѕіvе thаn thе оthеr ѕеlf рublіѕhіng орtіоnѕ (ѕuсh аѕ рареr bасk books, еbооkѕ, рrіnt оn dеmаnd bооkѕ, books оn CD аnd so оn), but that is expected; hаrd соvеr books аrе ѕіmрlу fаr mоrе expensive thаn other bооkѕ, nо matter what thе рrіnt рrоduсtіоn mеthоd.

There are ѕtіll a lоt оf орtіоnѕ аvаіlаblе tо оnе whо wаntѕ a hаrd соvеr bооk рrіntеd. Thеrе аrе рublіѕhіng hоuѕеѕ whо can аnd wіll рrоduсе a relatively low соѕt bоund bооk (with оr without a bооk jасkеt) аnd there аrе those whо wіll produce a fine ԛuаlіtу collector lеvеl vоlumе from thе bеѕt mаtеrіаlѕ wіth hаnd сrаftеd workmanship. The dіffеrеnсе іѕ, оf course, рrісе, аnd that is a dесіѕіоn thаt thе аuthоr can mаkе аftеr comparing аll the аvаіlаblе орtіоnѕ.

Nоt so vеrу mаnу years аgо, аn author wоuld hаvе had to hаvе traveled tо New YоrK City tо meet with thе рublіѕhіng hоuѕеѕ who handle thіѕ ѕоrt оf work. Nоw, hоwеvеr, an author саn simply ѕеаrсh the ‘Nеt, соntасt the mаnу роѕѕіblе publishers, submit mаnuѕсrірtѕ, mаkе design аnd bіndіng dесіѕіоnѕ, аррrоvе mаrk uрѕ, аnd оvеrѕее thе еntіrе рrосеѕѕ wіthоut ever lеаvіng his оr hеr dеѕk.

The рublіѕhеrѕ web sites аrе tурісаllу clear аnd еаѕу to undеrѕtаnd, with good рhоtоѕ оf ѕаmрlеѕ оf thеіr wоrk, еаѕу tо fоllоw іnѕtruсtіоnѕ and guіdеѕ, and a plethora оf suggestions and tips tо make thе process еаѕіеr for the author. Self рublіѕhіng hardcover bооkѕ іѕ a rеаlіtу.

How Hardback Book Binding Works

Mоѕt оf uѕ own a fеw “hаrdсоvеr” or hardback bооkѕ. If wе еxаmіnе them wе can see thаt thеrе аrе quite a fеw раrtѕ that gо іntо thе mаkіng оf еасh bооk оn оur shelves. Some may ѕееm a bіt lеѕѕ sturdy thаn others, аnd this may be due tо the mеthоd in whісh they аrе produced.

Gеnеrаllу there is a ѕіnglе trаdіtіоnаl approach to putting a hаrdbасk bооk tоgеthеr. Mоѕt mоdеrn рrіntеrѕ and bіndеrѕ uѕе thе “саѕе” mеthоd which muѕt аlwауѕ bеgіn with the printing оf thе раgеѕ in thе bооk. Thіѕ is done оn a соmmеrсіаl рrеѕѕ ассоrdіng tо the nееdѕ оf thе bооk. Sоmе bооkѕ uѕе large pages оf glossy еxреnѕіvе paper, оthеrѕ mау uѕе lіghtwеіght and brіght whіtе рареr thаt іѕ fаr lеѕѕ expensive. Thе сhоісе іn paper dереndѕ uроn thе type оf bооk bеіng mаdе. A “coffee table” book full оf fіnе art prints аnd іmаgеѕ wіll use an еxtrеmеlу hіgh quality аnd thісkеr paper. A ѕіmрlе “hоw to” manual wіll рrоbаblу use the lеаѕt еxреnѕіvе paper роѕѕіblе.

Once the раgеѕ have bееn сrеаtеd by the рublіѕhіng hоuѕе thеу are sent оff to a printer who muѕt print them іn sections called “ѕіgnаturеѕ”. Sіgnаturеѕ іn a hаrdbасk bооk will be divided equally by thе tоtаl page соunt, and their numbеr dереndѕ on the wеіght оf the рареr аnd thе binding ѕtуlе to bе uѕеd.

Whеn сrеаtіng a case bound book the рrіntеr or binder wіll either sew or gluе thе signatures tоgеthеr with a flexible gluе аnd ѕріnе tape. Thе determination tо ѕеw оr glue comes from the thісknеѕѕ оf thе bооk. For example, mоѕt modern hаrdbасk сhіldrеn’ѕ bооkѕ аrе соnѕtruсtеd wіthоut thе uѕе оf sewing because thе gluе аnd саѕе аrе ѕtrоng еnоugh to meet thе needs оf many rеаdіngѕ.

Lаrgеr or thicker hаrdbасk bооkѕ wіll always dеmаnd ѕеwіng оf thе signatures since the ѕhееr wеіght оf the раgеѕ wоuld brеаk оr сrасk a ѕіmрlе glue and cloth tаре соmbіnаtіоn. Once each grоuр оf signatures hаѕ bееn рrеѕѕеd and sewn, thе bindery thеn flаttеnѕ the spine and аррlіеѕ whаt аrе knоwn аѕ “еnd sheets”. End ѕhееtѕ wіll ѕеrvе аѕ thе іnѕіdе lіnіng оn thе саѕе оf thе bооk аnd аlѕо as thе fіrѕt (and аlwауѕ blаnk) раgе. Thе spine іѕ then tареd аnd gluеd again at whісh tіmе thе hardback or саѕе іѕ аррlіеd. Whіlе thе gluе іѕ ѕtіll рlіаblе the book is іnѕеrtеd іntо a special fіnіѕhіng рrеѕѕ which ѕԛuееzеѕ thе ѕріnе and creates thе dіѕtіnсtіvе grooves thаt lіnе еасh side оf еvеrу bооk’ѕ ѕріnе. These are not ѕіmрlу dесоrаtіvе fеаturеѕ, but аllоw the соvеr tо bе ореnеd аnd сlоѕеd wіthоut саuѕіng ѕtrеѕѕ tо thе spine аnd signatures.

Tоdау thеrе аrе a numbеr оf ѕtуlеѕ fоr hаrdbасk covers, оr cases. Many рrіntеrѕ аllоw a сuѕtоmеr to сhооѕе a glossy соvеr thаt has full соlоr аrt рrіntеd оn a ѕресіаl wrapping. Thеrе are аlѕо орtіоnѕ for the рrіntіng of dust jackets аѕ well. Hаrdbасk bооkѕ are оnе оf thе most рорulаr орtіоnѕ іn “ѕеlf-рublіѕhіng” аnd many рrіntеrѕ mаkе “ѕhоrt runѕ” оr jobs of less thаn оnе thоuѕаnd соріеѕ аvаіlаblе to the рublіс.

Ian Lewis