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Copyright Information

Copyright Information

Several of our self publishers are new on the process of how, who and when to copyright their books in production. As your book printer, we need to make our client’s knowledgeable and assist with the production of your book.

What do you write on a copyright page, how do you make that page legitimate?

There are three fundamentals to complete the registration of your book/books:
1. Completed copyright application.
2. (Non-refundable) filing fee.
3. (Non-refundable) deposit which means a copy/copies of your book.

Where do you file such an application: http://www.copyright.gov/ . Usually, filing is completed after the book production.

What is usually placed on a copyright page, here are some suggestions:

Text copyright © 2014 by (Author’s Name)
Illustrations by (Artist, Designer, Illustrator name)
All rights reserved. This book may not be reproduced, transmitted, or stored in whole or in part by any means, including graphic, electronic, or mechanical without the express written consent of the Author.
ISBN-10: 0-0000-0000-0 (purchase your ISBN at www.isbn.org )
ISBN-13: 000-0-0000-0000-0

Children’s books require labeling. Suggestion:

Printed in Guangzhou, China by PRC Book Printing
Cohort 1
June 2014

Good site to reference for further information on copyright your book: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/03/how-to-copyright-your-book-2/

For your hardcover book printing, children book printing, perfect bound book printing or other book printing projects contact PRC Book Printing via email: info@prcbookpritning.com or Call us Free at: 888.659.8320 today!

PRC Book Printing Facility Standards on Labor/Certifications

PRC Book Printing Facility Standards on Labor/Certifications

 

Researching into the China Labor Laws, which is widely known China has not been a defender of worker’s rights; but depending on the factory some employer’s in China do uphold their contract with their employees.  The Chinese government has changed the Labor Laws but usually these laws are not enforced by the government. But reading many articles foreign owners with business’ in China tell a different story, some stating bad things follow if you do not uphold your contract with the employee. Reading hundreds of articles and stories it so indecisive if manufacturing is good or bad in China.  You need to know which factories you are dealing with, which comes with your relationship with the vendor.

 

Our team in China follows the business 6S Standards:

  • Sort – Distinguish between what is needed and not needed and to remove the latter.
  • Stabilize – Enforce a place for everything and everything in its place.
  • Shine – Clean up the workplace and look for ways to keep it clean.
  • Standardize – Maintain and monitor adherence to the first three Ss.
  • Sustain – Follow the rules to keep the workplace 6S-right—”maintain the gain”.
  • Safety – Eliminate hazards. (We added this sixth “S” so we could maintain the focus on Safety within our Lean events and embed safe conditions into all our improvements.)

Our printing facility eliminates use of child labor, works in clean and secure working environment, holds IS0 9000 certification, along with IS014001:2004, also accredited with Disney certification (which is one of the longest audits to get receive this certification).  Our factories have passed all the MCS and ILS audits.

We have been working with our two China partners for 10 years; that has been the key to our company’s success throughout its existence.  Your books are well handled with the workers facilities which are clean, secure and safe.

Please reach out to PRC Book Printing to learn more about our book printing quality which we uphold to the highest standards in China.  Contact us via email:info@prcbookprinting.com or Telephone:  888.659.8320.

China New Year 2014

Chinese New Year 2014

The China New Year of 2014 is celebrating the Year of the horse. Those born on the year of the horse are known to have a personality of being cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty and talented and good with their hands. Every year is a different animal, which goes back to Buddha’s meeting of the 12 animals.

The Chinese New Year is the longest holiday celebrated. It starts the end of January and is celebrated for 15 days. This festival is the largest travel time of the year, where family members reunite!

Please mark your calendars when planning your book production! Email info@prcbookprinting.com or give us a call: 888.659.8320, so PRC Book Printing can assist you with your production schedule!

Layout tips for Book Covers

Layout tips for Book Covers

Here are some tips when creating the cover art files for your book project.  Whether you are printing a hard cover book or soft cover book, you need to provide a printer with the correct dimensions and layout of the covers and interiors.

Creating your hard cover book, you will need the spine width, note the cover is always larger than the interior book block.  Be sure the text on the spine is facing the standard direction as placed on a book shelf next to other books.  Standard the texts is printed from top to bottom, the text should face left.  What is usually placed on the spine of a book?  Standard information is title and author’s name.  You can put your logo which will spruce up the spine.   If you are applying a dust jacket to the book development, the spine differs from the hard cover.  The dust jacket is wrapped around the entire book which the spine will be larger.  You can create your dust jacket flap from 2” – 4”.  Standard flap size seen often is 3.5”.

Producing a perfect bound book the spine of the book is usually the same measurement as the book block thickness.  Same as the dust jacket you can add flaps to your perfect bound book project.  The flap size is the same as a dust jacket. Of course if you are producing a saddle stitched book you cannot print on the spine.

The interior book block for all style books, especially if your interior pages are bleeding off the page, is to leave .125”/3 mm around all four sides of the pages.  Example if the trim size is 8.5”w x 11” h, the page size will be 8.75” w x 11.25”.  Adding the trim marks will measure at 8.5” w x 11” h (this is a portrait finished size).

Your best bet is to work with your printer which whom should provide you accurate information or provide you with cover templates.

Here at PRC Book Printing we will provide you with cover and dust jacket templates, to ensure your book will size correctly at print and binding!  Please reach out to us for your next hard cover or soft cover book printing!  Please do not hesitate to email us: info@prcbookprinting.com or call us at:  888.659.8320!

Has the book changed over the centuries?

Has the book changed over the centuries?

Hair styles changed through the generations, in the 60’s it was a bouffant or beehive which was high off your head, 70’s hair styles consisted of the feather look, the 80’s it was the groovy high hair but messy, looked like it was never brushed!!  Do book styles ever change with trend?

Of course the images on covers and interiors of books change throughout the generations.  The 1950’s the children book Dr. Seuss’ famous book “The Cat In the Hat” came about, the 60’s the great novel “The Outsiders” by author S.E. Hinton,  Seventies books had images of psycho delicate images, bell bottoms, the hot corvette car, a published book that was a high light “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King.  The 80’s top book was “This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolff.  Of course; these books are hits in the opinion of their own.

How drastic did book binding change through generations furthermore centuries!   Early and medieval codices hard cover books were bound with flat spines, printing was hand written on parchment paper and sewn with strong cords.  It wasn’t until the 15th Century books had rounded spines associated with hard cover binding today. In the 19th Century the soft cover books came about, which the book block was glued to the spine.

What binding styles is the new trend?  There are so many book binding styles to choose from since the earlier centuries.  There is the classic hard cover book binding which consists of the paper wrapped over a board, glued with end papers, book block can be glued and sewn together. This book type of quality is functional for children’s books, photography books, cook book and art books.  Another nifty binding method which works well for black and white novels is the perfect bound book. Binding of a perfect bound book the book block is glued to the spine, which is cost effective binding for novel type books. There’s the classic comb binding, spiral binding and wire-o binding for the cookbooks, manuals that need to stay flat when viewing. Furthermore, new techniques were developed like embossing & debossing, foil stamping with many different colors, different types of coatings like glitter lamination, UV coating, part scent like a scratch and sniff spots that actually smells like a chocolate or whatever. Then there is screen printing, screening UV & glitter UV, screening wrinkling, flocking, press grain, heat-seal paper stamping on leather, tracing paper, 2D & 3D printing and the list goes on and on.

So it seems as the hair trends, styles change through eras, book binding and printing seem to stay the same beside the improvement of techniques and paper options. However now the digital age is here there are those darn e-books.

PRC Book Printing is here to keep up with the trends and perhaps create new ones. Contact us for a quote 1-888-659-8230 / info@prcbookprinting.com or maybe to help create your next book using all the new techniques.