Book Design Matters

Book design matters! Detailed technical advice on printing and binding your book from the experts at our company who together represent well over 20 years experience in the field. Concerns and issues about the design and production of books

Sleeking-Lamination – Add Bling To Your Digital Design!

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Sleeking-Lamination – Add Bling To Your Digital Design!

Photo: Melanie Perkins 1. Introducing Sleeking-Lamination First Choice Books is proud to add sleeking-lamination to the finishing options we can offer our clients. We are very excited about our newly acquired laminator which provides this innovative service. Sleeking is a registered trademark of GMP Co. Ltd., distributors of the digital lamination machine we now use. We are able to apply a clear gloss or matte film to your entire printed book cover, greeting or business card. In addition the sleeking laminator allows the application of gloss, matte, holographic and metallic (foil)...

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Four Tips On How To Create A Better Coloring Book

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Four Tips On How To Create A Better Coloring Book

A coloring book can be wildly popular in today’s book market and not just for children — adults are clamoring for them as well.  Why, it is rumored that even the Duchess of Cambridge loves to engage in a little “color therapy.”  After flying off the shelf in record numbers last year, it has become obvious that coloring books are an in thing. How then, as a self-publisher, do you get in on this trend and start producing your own stunningly-designed coloring books that are head-and-shoulders above the crowd?  How can you hope to get noticed?  In order to compete with the best,...

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3 ways to ensure book sales when self-publishing

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3 ways to ensure book sales when self-publishing

Ensure Book Sales – “Why isn’t my self-published book selling?” This is a great article by Kristen Eckstein from the Future of Ink, Digital Publishing for Online Entrepreneurs. Her entire article is well worth reading, but here are some highlights that we fully endorse! Yes, Your Book Will be Judged by its Cover! #4 Unprofessional cover design—It’s been proven that a clean, professional, easy-to-read cover sells more books. Initially when self-publishing through vanity publishers started becoming popular in the early 2000s, these books had a bad reputation due to...

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Sorting out page numbering in Word

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Sorting out page numbering in Word

Page Numbering Guidance! Trying to sort out how to do page numbering in MicroSoft Word? It can be a bit of a struggle, but fortunately there are good resources available to help out. The Microsoft website offers support documents, including one on page numbering, with links to more information on the topic. Click here to read the article on page...

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Talking about Covers

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Talking about Covers

Authors and Designers talking about covers The website Talking Covers is devoted to interviews with authors, designers, and artists about their book covers. Book covers come to define a book. The design is the public face of your book to the world, and people really do judge a book by its cover. A great cover can drive books sales, whether in stores or online. “I haven’t looked at it. I want to have a moment of silence first, because I know my novel will never be the same… Seeing your jacket for the first time is the moment when you fully comprehend that what was once a private...

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Why you should never use two spaces after a period.

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Why you should never use two spaces after a period.

  Double Spaces After a Period? One of Slate.com’s most popular articles ever was reprinted today on its two-year anniversary. And it’s still worth reading. From the article: Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. …. “Who says two spaces is wrong?” they wanted to know. Typographers, that’s who. The people who study and design the typewritten word decided long ago that we should use one space, not two, between sentences. The author, Manjoo Farhad, expresses himself with...

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