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FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions: We care about the quality of books we print and want to answer your questions.
Authors and self-publishers want books that will print to their specifications. We try to exceed those expectations!
Photographers want great color. We work with many photographers who need color to be as close to their original photo as possible. Also, we can provide press proofs at an additional cost. One round of physical color proofs, digitally output, are included in the Asia quotes. USA proofs are sometimes black and white, with just a few pages of color.
Publishers demand the best possible book at a reasonable cost, and quality has to be assured. They have more frequently asked questions. Publishers realize the value of our many years of book manufacturing experience. Publishers have marketing and distribution concerns. Having top quality books is one less thing to worry about when printing with us.
Graphic designers expect their file to print correctly. We do that — and also guide the designer through the process — and gladly answer a faq or more. We can advise on file preparation, but do not give InDesign lessons.
Illustrators expect that the color they so carefully choose for their illustrations, will reproduce accurately.
Do you see a FAQ or frequently asked questions that we didn’t answer? Please let us know if we are missing a something that may be important to a wider audience. The team is always happy to answer your individual questions.
FAQ – Do you have standard book sizes?
We do not have standard book sizes because everything is custom. We print books as wide as 12″. Common book sizes for coffee table books and photography books are 12″ x 12″, 8″ x 10″ portrait, or 10″ x 8″ landscape. We can exceed 12″ in length. The smallest book is 4″ x 4″. Because our book sizes are custom, you’ll need to ask for a quote.
FAQ – Does Star Print Brokers do ebooks?
Most self-publishers require fixed-layout ebooks in epub and mobi. This means that the ebook will be almost like the print book. But, it contains code, and is not just a PDF.
A novel flows from page to page. However, photography books have photos and captions. Cookbooks have recipes and photos. Text and images need to be on the same page. Solution: fixed-layout ebook.
FAQ – Can a Self-Publishing Writer use Star Print Brokers services?
Writers as well as self-publishing authors, demand high-quality, therefore they turn to us. Writers, self-publishers, photographers, artists, and anyone who wants to control revenue, need to get a professional book printing quote. We specialize in high-quality print books that will make writers proud. We provide options that other book printers and publishers do not. Do you need a wide book? Do you need a custom size? Seems like you need to keep more profit? Why should writers get only royalties?
FAQ – Who utilizes Star Print Brokers when self-publishing a book?
Star Print Brokers serves self-publishers in almost every country and continent: USA, Canada, UK, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand. We ship to places like Bermuda and Patagonia. Our standard is to provide all foreseeable costs to the door, DDP, delivered duty paid. It is common to work with an American author, their designer in another country, and deliver books to someplace else. Photographers, coffee table book authors, children’s book authors, chefs with cookbooks, and indie authors, turn to us to self-publish.
FAQ – How much is the cost to self-publish?
It depends on the book specifications. The cost is kept as low while maintaining quality printing and binding. And authors keep all profit when working with us.
FAQ – How do I self-publish my book, in print?
Start with a quote. We focus on your self-publishing needs and provide high-quality books. The minimum quantities are 1,000 hardcover or 2,000 soft cover. Graphic design services are available, if needed. Simply fill out the request a quote form, call, or contact by using the contact page. A rough “ballpark” quote can usually be furnished the same day. If you require a firm, written quote with all details, wait just 24 to 48 hours.
FAQ – What are the book printing services does Star Print Brokers offer?
Our book printing services are for those who need better quality or more custom options than print on-demand. We offer higher quality and more options. SPB provides accurate color reproduction and well-bound books. You will like that we cater to self-publishers, photographers, artists, chefs, writers, and authors who want to keep all profit.
FAQ – How do I market my book?
Most self-publishers do most of their own marketing, even if they are with a publisher. We suggest printing with us and putting the book on Amazon for traffic. Do your own fulfillment for the first order.
You should have a website with an order form and / or a link to Amazon, a Facebook page, and any other Social Media sites that are pertinent to your book or marketing. Send press releases. Have a sign-up for email updates. Join LinkedIn and participate in groups to learn more about what other self-publishers are doing to market books.
Market actively! The benefit of having a publisher or print on-demand provider is that they front the cost of book printing. The drawback is that you only get royalties and keep less profit. So, you’ll want to print books with us. Traditional publishers and POD providers have limited budgets for indie authors. They expect authors to market books too. Since you will be doing most of the marketing, why not keep more profit? We don’t pay royalties. The ISBN and all rights are yours to keep — we just print books — the best books!
FAQ – How can I distribute books?
Self-publishers prefer to print their books with us to ensure top-quality books, and sell them on Amazon. If you do your own fulfillment, you will pay about 15 percent to Amazon for the exposure. They expect a substantial discount off the retail price, so price accordingly. Amazon drives the most traffic, and sells 90 percent of books in the marketplace. But, what is especially relevant is that we provide the best quality print books.
Print with Star Print Brokers; sell on Amazon.
You will need the retail price in your barcode for Amazon or any bookstore. The price is determined before any sale or discount. Make sure you buy the ISBN and barcode yourself. If you don’t, someone else is the publisher of your book, and you will only be paid royalties.
If you hire a distributor to distribute books to bookstore, you are on a list or in the database. That does not promise books in physical bookstores. If you have an ISBN, you are in the database. Most new authors find it more cost effective to contact bookstores directly to promote titles.
FAQ – How do I contact Star Print Brokers with my questions?
Contact us with all your frequently asked questions!
sales at starprintbrokers.com
Star Print Brokers, Inc.
6514 153rd Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Tel. (425) 603-1777 Seattle area
Toll-free USA (844) 603-1777
Fax. (425) 603-0859
FAQ – ISBN Purchase – How do I get an ISBN and Barcode?
We can sell a single ISBN. You will be the publisher of record. If you need ten or more ISBNs, see isbn.org. We are an authorized agent and you can make your single ISBN purchase here.
FAQ – Book Pricing – What should I charge?
It’s another faq among frequently asked questions. Do your homework for book pricing. See similar books in bookstores and check the copyright years to make sure it is a recently printed book. The book should be about the same size and page count, and bound like your book.
Be aware that if you use a book distributor, it is common for them to charge 55 percent of the retail price. Be sure to price your book to allow for this cost. If you are not using a distributor, sell your book on Amazon. They charge about 15 percent and you fulfill your book orders. However, they expect a deep discount off the retail cost, so make sure the book pricing is in line with reality.
You can always put your book on sale. But raising the price after it in printed will mean purchasing a new barcode, as well as stickers to cover up the old barcode.
FAQ – Prepare book for printing – What do I do?
Please see our Prepress Guide. The Send and Package Files Guide and Making PDFs Guide are helpful too. We write instructions assuming they will be understood by a graphic designer who has experience in book design. The designer should have a basic knowledge of InDesign. Graphic artists that are new to book design often have a learning curve when laying out a book for the first time.
We have in-house designers that frequently work with authors to prepare book for printing. We can also arrange for you to work with a top book designer, or we can manage low-cost production work overseas.
FAQ – What are the book sizes for printing?
We don’t have standard book sizes for printing. The largest book size depends on several factors. We often manufacture high-quality coffee table books that exceed 12″ x 12″. We have the ability to print very tall book, taller than 12″, but are limited by the width to 12″ wide. Let us know what book size you need. Our staff can advise you about the book sizes for printing. We will explain what you can or cannot print and bind, and why.
Star print Brokers custom manufactures all of our books. If particular book sizes for printing are possible, we can do it. SPB maintains high quality in all book sizes for printing. We stand behind all the books we print, and won’t let you choose book sizes for printing that will be too large as to not be a well-bound book. If you need guidance or have more frequently asked questions, just call or write us. We are here to work with you!
FAQ – How do I copyright my book?
Visit the United States Copyright Office. They have all the forms and information for authors who often ask us, “How do I copyright my book?” On your copyright page, use the copyright symbol, year of the copyright, and the entity or person who owns the copyright. A qualifier of some sort should follow. An example would be:
© 2017 (Your Name, Publisher or Company) All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted or stored by any means, electronic or mechanical, including recording, photocopy, photography, or information retrieval without permission of the (company, publisher or author).
The copyright page is the second page in the front matter. It is the other side of the title page, and is always a left hand page as a book starts with a right hand page.
FAQ – Do you offer book design services?
Yes, we offer text and cover book design options for all budgets:
- Super Star Book Design (superior design, top-level)
- Star Book Design (mid-level cost, in-house)
- Star Asia Book Production (low-cost, in Asia)
FAQ – Which ICC profile should I use?
ICC profiles are not used or understood by the average self-publisher. But, we are here to help you achieve accurate color. You or your book designer can use an ICC profile, but it is not required. It is best to use default settings in InDesign. However, we can provide you with the ICC profile for the target output device. The ICC profile will differ and that depends on the device manufacturer, model number, and / or printing press that will be used to proof and print your book. Consequently, we can only give you an ICC profile when we’ve quoted the book and have a signed contract. Quotes are always free.
FAQ – What is RGB and CMYK?
Books need to be printed in CMYK. There is a very important difference between CMYK and RGB. RGB stands for red, green and blue, and is the mode used for monitors and television. CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. These are the four inks used to make process color printing on press.
Images should scan in CMYK or converted to CMYK mode in Photoshop. Also, scan at 300 dpi (or more), at the size the image will print. We can use larger scans, but printing will be 300 pixels per inch.
Design Hint: Know the approximate size of the final image. Scan at 350 pixels per inch or 400 pixels per inch. You have more resolution to work with if you want to make the image larger on the page.
FAQ – As photography book printers, do you print only photography books?
We are photography book printers and a leader in book printing companies. More specifically, we are book printing brokers. As a company that prints photography books, we offer premium books with custom options. In fact, we print all kinds of high-quality photo books, art books, gallery catalogues, coffee table books, and process color books. We print amazingly beautiful books. Since we specialize in high-end color and large format bindings, we do a great job on all kinds of books. We frequently print coffee table books, cookbooks, children’s books, novels, and wall calendars. Request a quote to print your photography book.
FAQ – What about book printing proofs, wet proofs, press proofs, digital proofs?
You will receive one round of physical digital book printing proofs. Most proofs are full color. They are output from an Epson 11000, Indigo, or similar model. The cost is included in the quote.
Press proofs or wet proofs are also available for critical color, but at an additional cost. All printing proofs for process color books printed in Asia versus printing in the USA, will be in color.
It is really important for the self-publisher to realize that the book printing proofs they receive is for color, pagination, bleeds, etc. All typography, grammar, and punctuation corrections should have been made before the file is handed off to Star Print Brokers. However, it is best to catch any mistakes on proof before going to press. We can certainly make changes. If there are many pages with changes in images and color, we will send a new proof of those pages. A handful of changes can be made at no extra cost. However, many changes that require a whole new set of proofs will mean an additional cost to the client.
FAQ – Please explain grams per square meter — GSM. What is it?
GSM stands for Grams per Square Meter. It is the measure for paper stock in Asia and Europe. If you specify paper in pounds or points, common in the USA, we convert to the closest comparable GSM.
If printing process color on coated stock, you might use 100 lb. We would print on 150 GSM in Asia. 150 GSM equals 101 lb. But, 101 lb is a weight that doesn’t existent. The closest comparable weight is 150 GSM.
A novel on an uncoated stock is often 70 lb. We would print it on 100 GSM. 100 GSM equals 68 lb. But, 68 lb is a weight that is non-existent. Another choice may be to print on 80 lb. The closest correlates is 120 GSM which equals 81 lb. But, the 81 lb weight does not exist. Read more at paper conversion.
FAQ – Tell me about book printing small quantities.
High-quality printing is done on press. Print on-demand won’t do. Minimums are higher on press. When we add all costs in, we found that it is best to set the minimums as follows: Asia: 1,000 hardcover books, 2,000 soft cover books. USA: 500 soft cover books. Star Print Brokers can print fewer books, but the cost to set up the press and ship is the same.
SPB prints books on commercial presses. In fact, we seldom do print on-demand books, digitally output. POD is like photocopying on single sheets, not printed on a press. We strive to print only high-quality.
High-quality means quality ink, printed on quality paper, by technicians with skill and experience.
Quality does not mean ink jetting or lasering toner on paper. Digital output devices are similar to desktop printers, not printing presses.
FAQ – How do you ship books?
Ocean shipping with inland delivery to your door is already in our quotes, as is duty. We handle all customs formalities too. The cost depends on the number of books, their weight, and the zip or postal code of the final delivery destination. We include all foreseeable costs in our quotes.
Star Print Brokers quotes book orders as DDP, “Delivered Duty Paid”. If you are comparing quotes, a quote that is FOB or CIF, does not contain all foreseeable costs. USA printers most often charge extra for delivery. It is usually not included in the quote. We always make a point of stating specifically what is included in our written quotes. We don’t like “surprise” costs, and we know our clients don’t like them either!
Books are loaded into cartons that we especially manufacture for your books. The maximum weight is 40 pounds. The cartons are placed on pallets and shrink wrapped for ocean shipping. We professionally manage this. We also see to it that books arrive in good shape. If something ever goes wrong, know that we insure books to the door.
FAQ – What is the quality of printing like?
With Star Print Brokers heading the team for Asia book printing, even the most discerning client will say the quality of printing is superb. That is because we have a proven network of pre-approved, already tested and proven providers. We only use the best inks and papers. Beginning in 1999, we now have a small network of companies with top personnel, which whom we work. Our team is constantly monitoring them specifically for the quality of printing and binding. We move entire jobs if we see something going on that we don’t like.
We have many references you can call.
SPB really cares about providing great customer service as well as top-quality products and services. The quality of printing is better than most USA printers, and costs less. Depending on the quantity, page count, etc., the cost can be as much as 70 percent less! Please read about Star Print Brokers features and benefits.
FAQ – Send files and PDFs to you – please discuss.
Know how to make PDFs and package your files for prepress. Please see our prepress guide for instructions.
- Place the files on DropBox and “share” with us, via email.
- You can email PDFs if they are not too large for the server.
- You can burn files to DVD and CD, and send files to us.
- The book files can be put on our FTP site. Contact us for our FTP address, user ID, and password.
If you are used to working with another file storage site, let us know. We are flexible! If you have questions, please contact us, or call (844) 603-1777 toll-free, or (425) 603-1777 in the Seattle area.
FAQ – Will we get the lowest cost, best quality books?
Star Print Brokers prints and binds the best quality books. We don’t try to be the absolute lowest cost providers, but we are very reasonable and provide great quality.
Here is how it works … We get trade discounts from vendors, in exchange for volume printing. Lots of vendors try to do business with us, but we require the best quality printing and binding for our clients and self-publishers. We are sent book samples with the promise of great color and top quality printing. Fabulous bindings are also a factor in book manufacturing. When samples arrive, we realize that the average printer doesn’t know what good color is, or quality printing, or correct binding. We know the differences, and so do book buyers when they see the same book printing at two different printers.
Sometimes a self-publisher thinks they are getting a good deal on “low-cost printing”. They end up with cheap looking books. Many Asian printing companies are poor. First of all, we test and use a handful of printing partners. We use the best, based on testing and success that is proven.
What good it is to print 3,000 books, when only 1,500 are in condition to sell? We don’t let that happen. We provide the best quality books at reasonable cost. It is often 50 to 70 percent lower than printing books in USA, depending on factors like quantity, dimensions, and page count.
In conclusion, we stand behind our work and have since 1999.
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