Printing Books: Different Ways to do it

See Different Ways to Print your own Books

With the publishing world changing every day, it is important that we keep up to date on the techniques to print books.

The world of printing has gone through many evolutions since it was invented at the time of the Italian Renaissance. There are a variety of printing methods, be they artistic, industrial or digital, and over the years artists, writers, editors, scientists and merchants have experimented with the different ways to make prints. Mainly, there are three ways to print books. They are widely known and used. Let’s talk a little about these three ways to Print Books.

different ways to print books

Three effective ways to print books

1. Printing by letterpress: This was the first method that was used to print books and remained active until the first half of the twentieth century. In this method, each letter was made from a specific design on resistant materials, such as some kind of metal. Each letter was placed in the proper order to form words, phrases, paragraphs and complete texts.

This plate was bathed with ink and rolled on a white surface, such as paper or cloth. This method of printing is considered an art because it was a laborious task to select each type, which represented a character or a letter and place them in the proper order.

2. Offset Printing: This method consists in applying an ink, commonly of an oily consistency, on a metal plate. This is an indirect method since the paper does not have direct contact with the matrix plate but the ink passes from the plate to a cartridge and from there to the paper.

These plates are monochromatic, so if you want to print in color, you must make a different plate for each color to use. The colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black were the base colors to create the other tones.

At the end of this process, each paper is carefully cut into individual sheets. This printing method was widely used in large volume prints because it meant very good quality, speed and low cost.

3. This modern process consists in the direct printing of a digital file to paper or other materials, the most common being ink and toner. It is an ideal process for low volume printing projects or with extremely short delivery times. It has two slopes, the small and the large format.

The small format lacks reliability and the large format means a lot of costs and generates significant damage to the environment. To counteract this, digital printing offers the possibility of personalizing the product. In fact, this is a growing market.

The letterpress printing has a limited use because it is very expensive and elaborate. It is used for exclusive books and limited edition and can reach high prices, thousands of dollars.

Offset printing is used for the production of most books, nowadays. It is the most flexible with respect to the different sizes and different types of paper that can be used.

Digital printing has increased its use in distribution demand. Thus they save time and money and add originality to their products because they can be personalized more easily.


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