Pages vs Sheets
The book printing industry refers to a “page” as one side of a sheet of paper. 1 “sheet” = 2 pages
What is “bleed” ?
For any background or image that prints all the way to the edge of the page, your file should allow an extra 1/8″ on all bleed edges.
This insures that as we print on an oversized sheet and trim to the final size, it will not leave a sliver of white edge between the image and the edge of the page.
What kind of files do you accept?
In most cases, the answer to this question is PDF format. Take for example a soft cover book. You should supply 1 multi-page pdf text file + 1 pdf cover file. Multi page documents should be single page format, and SHOULD NOT be sent to us as readers spreads. A Printed Hard cover book with an optional dust jacket would require 3 files:1 multi-page pdf text file + 1 pdf cover file + 1 dustjacket file.
Make sure the PDF file you send is “flattened”- ie not an interactive file that we can intervene with. This insures that your layout and design will print exactly as as you have created it.
In a few circumstances, (such as layflat albums), we may instruct you to send us jpeg files to be used for uploading through ROES Web or Marathon ROES.
If you have any questions with your project in regards to file formats, feel free to ask your Marathon representative.
Check out information on our 9 standard text paper options. Our custom book printing service model is such that we can offer unique paper options based on designers requests. We work with many designers who are very particular in what they are striving for, and we support that. But please keep in mind that anything other than standard paper options can take time to source and test run. We are an all HP Indigo shop in our pressroom. So all paper selections should be HP Indigo certified. To save time and plan properly, please enter non standard paper options into the search database at this link to see if the paper has already been tested.
Marathon Custom Book Printing quantity ranges are typically from 25 copies to 1000. We handle some quantities larger than this both through all in-house printing and binding and can also manage offset print production done through our network of print partners.
We provide many options for proofing
-Email PDF Proof
-Printed (on stock) hard copy proof (unbound)
-Printed cover proofs ( on stock, with lamination)
-Complete Printed and bound Proof
If you have printed jobs with us before and are comfortable with the results, you may opt for the Email PDF Proof, which is no additional charge. If you are a new customer, we highly recommend sending out a set of hard copy, printed on stock proofs. Within 3-4 days from receipt of your files, we will print and ship next day air for your approval. The only delay can occur at times if a particular requested paper is out of stock and needs to be ordered or if our press is down for maintenance. We do not generally provide a complete bound proof in advance except in situations that require it for pre-publication/marketing purposes. There can be a significant cost for this due to time consuming and costly setups of several steps of production all for one copy and we will quote that cost only on a case by case basis.
Print Ready Files
In order to maintain schedules, please provide “print-ready files”. Print-ready files means a file that has all the specifications necessary to produce high-resolution printed output, without requiring any additional alteration or intervention. We expect that the purpose of your requesting proof is not for editing purposes! Please do your heavy editing of your project before sending in for production. In general, proofs are for running back through to make sure the files you sent us have transmitted properly with no text flow or font changes, and (with printed proofs) to check color. Any editorial changes to your files after the first proof will require extra time to the schedule and possible extra costs. If your files require adjustment on our end, there will be charges of $80.00 per hour to make any corrections.
Low Resolution Images
Compared to a high-resolution image, low-resolution images have fewer pixels, higher compression, or both. Images used for digital purposes (websites, online marketing) can be 72 dpi. If we use that low of a resolution to print on paper, the result will be a fuzzy, blurry image. To insure your image will print crisp and sharp, please make sure all embedded images are 300 dpi or greater.