READY TO PRINT: Printing and Self-Publishing Consultancy
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Self-Publishing Services

Fields of Expertise

Ready to Print offers services for the self publisher that will take them up to the print ready stage.

  • Advising on selecting the most suitable self-publishing options
  • Design and layout of the book
  • Cover design
  • Advice on the author's responsibility
  • Assistance in setting up the bar code
  • Online uploads to the print agency
Once the above has been done, the author can manage the rest of the process.

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Options for self-publishing your book

Options for self-publishing your book

PRINTING OPTIONS POD with a worldwide publisherPOD: Worldwide Distributor
Registration required
POD with a worldwide publisherPOD: Local Laser Printing Service
No registration required
POD with a worldwide publisherPOD: Amazon CreateSpace
Registration required
POD with a worldwide publisherAmazon
Kindle
No registration required
Description POD through world-wide distributor for which registration is required for direct management by the Author after setting up. POD using laser printing technology through local suppliers. POD print and publish service offered by world-wide distributor. Electronic books readable only with a Amazon Kindle reader and downloadable from Amazon online.
ISBN ISBN is required No ISBN required ISBN is required ISBN is required
Specifications

A wide range of book sizes is possible.

Template formatting for cover prescribed.

A wide range of book sizes is possible.

Formatting of both interior and cover required.

A range of book sizes is possible.

Template formatting for interior and cover prescribed.

Illustrated books are not suitable for Kindle which renders in black and white only.
Paper

Interior: Black and white on creme paper 85gsm,opaque, or on white 75gsm.

Cover: Colour or black and white on 240gsm.

Interior: Black and white on white 80gsm bond.

Cover: 300gsm

Interior: Paper weight varies depending on the type of book.
Colour interiors: 163gsm smooth bright white off-set paper.

Black and white interiors: 163gsm off-set white or cream-coloured paper.

Covers: 216gsm white paper.

eBook
Spine Spine text on perfect bound books requires a minimum of 80 pages, without requires 48 pages minimum. There are limits on the number of pages printed on creme or white paper respectively. Spine text on perfect bound books requires a minimum of 80 pages, without requires 48 pages minimum. Prescribed template formatting  
Distribution Distribution is automatic to wholesalers such as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Kalahari Books and others. Authors can order books on line at a publisher's price. Distribution and marketing is the author/publisher's responsibility.

Author's price is available,
otherwise books can only be ordered on-line at the going market rate through on-line wholesalers, such as Amazon.

Readable only with a Kindle reader available from Amazon on-line.
Scope of service
  • Advise the author with registration as a publisher, on setting up costs, managing orders, royalty payments and paying invoices.

  • Design and layout of book and provide ink-jet proof copy for approval.
  • Cover design either digitally, or scanned image provided by author or commissioned artwork. Provide ink-jet colour proof for approval.
  • Set up content and cover to print-ready specifications.
  • Assist with uploading files.
  • Provide CD with master files for interior and cover.
  • Advise on setting up Author's profile on Amazon.
  • Advise the author on the process, advantages and limitations. An ISBN is optional.
  • Design and lay out of book and provide ink-jet proof copy for approval.
  • Cover design either digitally, or scanned image provided by author or commissioned artwork. Provide ink-jet colour proof for approval.
  • Format content and cover to print-ready specifications.
  • Provide CD with master files for interior and cover.
  • Advise the author on the process, advantages and limitations. Books are available to author and reader only on-line at market cost through on-line wholesalers, such as Amazon.
  • Design and lay out of book and provide ink-jet proof copy for approval.
  • Cover design either digitally, or scanned image provided by author or commissioned artwork. Provide ink-jet colour proof for approval.
  • Format content and cover to print-ready specifications.
  • Assist with uploading files.
  • Provide CD with master files for interior and cover.
  • Advise on setting up the Author's profile on Amazon.
  • Assist author with registration.
  • Format design and layout of the book and cover to meet Kindle Book specifications.
  • Assist author to upload files.

Rates

Costs to Author
Design and layout fee R200 per hour with a minimum of R2000 and the balance payable at the completion of the project.
Other known expenses

R200 for Master copy of the content and cover files in .pdf format on CD.

Direct cost of any proof copy.

Cover design: Commissioned artwork if required at R200 per hour, subject to fixed negotiated fee.

Exclusions All costs after print-ready stage.
Quotes A quotation for any of the above services is available on request based on a pre-assessment of the scope of the project and choice of the most favourable option.

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