Self Publishing - Anthony Rowe's list of options.
The following information is provided by Antony Rowe Ltd., Bumperís Farm, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 6LH. Tel: 01249 659705. Fax: 01249 443103
Book size It is possible to produce a book in any size to suit your requirements. The standard formats shown on the Estimate Request Form represent the best value for money. For short runs (up to 300 copies) the most cost effective sizes are 210 x 148mm and below.
Printing Antony Rowe use both state-of-the-art digital and conventional litho presses. Digital presses are excellent for short run printing, whilst litho presses are more economic for longer runs or where the quality of photographic images is important. We automatically base estimates on the most cost-effective method of production.
Extent We are unable to produce an estimate without knowing the extent. If it is not possible to supply this, please give an indication of the number of words in the book. We will base our quote upon an 'average' number of words per page. The final extent will depend upon the typeface and font size you choose. For longer run work (300 copies +) the most economic extents are multiples of 32 pages.
Production Time From receipt of material ready for printing most titles are produced within 3-5 weeks.
We are happy to accept your material in a variety of formats and on almost any media (e.g. Floppy disks, CD's, Zip disks etc.). If material is supplied on disk we will also require a printed copy of the publication.
The most common methods of submitting text are;
Camera ready copy or good quality print-out
Postscript or PDF files
Manuscript - either handwritten or typewritten
Microsoft 'Word' or 'Publisher' files Due to the tendency of these files to re-flow when transferred between computers, we are only able to accept them if saved in Postscript or PDF format. We can do this for you for an additional charge. To produce files in PDF format you will require the Adobe 'Distiller' or 'Indesign' software, to Postscript your files follow these instructions.
a) Ensure that your book is formatted to the correct trimmed page size and the text for each page appears on screen exactly as it is to appear in the printed book. Embed the fonts by selecting Tools on the taskbar, Options, Save tab, tick the Embed TrueType font box and then save the document.
b) Select the Settings option from the Windows Start Menu and click on the Printers icon. Select Add A New Printer, select Local Printer and from the various printers listed, highlight the Linotronic 330 if you are using Windows 95/98 or one of the Agfa Acuset printers for later versions of Windows. Follow the on-screen instructions but do not make the Linotronic/Acuset your default printer and do not attempt to print a test page.
c) Open your document and select Print. When the print dialog box appears change your printer to the one selected in (b) above and tick the Print to file box.
d) When you click on OK a new file will then be created with the extension *.prn. This file will be much larger than your original file and it may not be possible to save all the files onto a single floppy disk. In this instance you will have to split the book down into individual chapters and save them onto several disks. If you own a Zip drive, CD writer or other high capacity storage device you should not have this problem. Work containing illustrations could be extremely large and should be broken down into files no larger than 50MB
Other software packages It is usually possible to use files created on other word-processing software. However, there will be an additional charge for converting these files into a format compatible with our equipment. We can supply a price for this upon receipt of a sample disk.
There are 3 main types of paper, each particularly suitable for a different type of book.
Bookwoves - A bulky paper usually used for novels, books containing text only or where the bulk of a book is a priority.
Cartridge - A smooth white paper also used for text and for work containing line illustrations.
Coated cartridge - Particularly suitable for books containing photographs or fine line illustrations.
We stock all the above papers in a range of weights (expressed as gsm for 'grams per square metre').
Covers & Jackets
All limp books require a cover. Wirestitched, looseleaf and wiro bound books usually have covers but may be produced with text only (known as 'self cover'). Jackets are optional for case bound books.
The price for producing covers and jackets depends upon the number of colours to be printed and the amount of origination work we undertake.
Full colour covers and jackets are priced as 4 colours.
Our in-house bindery is capable of producing cased, limp and loose-leaf work. We are also able to arrange wirestitching and wiro binding.
Cased and limp books may be unsewn, notched or sewn (unsewn and notched binding are the same price but notched binding is not available for books printed on our digital presses). A sewn book is more durable, but more expensive than an unsewn book.
Cased binding (also called hardback or cloth binding) There are two main case binding styles i) With a printed cover pasted down to the boards (also known as PPC) or ii) with cases made from imitation or real cloth and embossed. A Jacket is optional. The estimate request form covers both options. If you have special requirments please enter the details in the additional information field.
Limp binding (also called softback or paperback binding).
Loose-leaf binding is common for reference work where text may need to be easily updated.
Wiro binding is useful for reference books that are designed to lay flat (e.g. cookery books, workshop reference manuals).
Wirestitching (also called saddlestitching) is used for magazines or low extent titles where the text bulk is insufficient to limp bind.
Packing / Delivery
Our estimate will include packing into bulk cartons and delivering to your home address, or to a designated warehouse, unless otherwise stated. They will be despatched as soon as they have been bound.