You have labored long and hard to write your book. The proofed copy of the manuscript is now literally in your hands. It is time to take the project to the level that makes it real: the book printers.

If you are entering the world of publishing, taking on the risks, challenges, and rewards of creating the physical book, the next step is where the magic happens: printing your book! An important part of the process of bringing your book to market is distinguishing between two printing options: offset book printing and digital book printing. “What is an offset print book?”

Offset book printing works by burning the image onto a plate, then offsetting it to a rubber blanket, then onto the printing surface. Advantages? You can print onto a wide range of surfaces, and it is more economical on a per-unit basis when you need thousands of books not hundreds.

Digital printing is the most popular method for short run book printing, and print on demand digital publishing. It works by transferring data from a computer file to a large-format inkjet or laser printer. Digital printing has many advantages for the author, editor, publisher, or artist, and is the logical choice for many projects, including both hardcover and softcover books. Talk with any number of experts in the publishing industry, and you will quickly learn the trend is towards digital printing. For the author/artist/publisher, the setup costs associated with digital printing provide lower unit costs for small quantity orders (less than 2,000 copies), and it offers consistent product quality from one printing to the next. Every print is uniform (unlike offset book printing, digital printing does not need to balance ink and water). Digital printing also allows for customization of an individual product. For example, a child’s book sporting that special name, or a tribute page in a family genealogy.

At Gasch Printing, we have three roll-fed digital web presses that produce high quality one-color and four-text pages to be bound into either perfect or case bound books. Covers and jackets are printed on toner equipment and match the best that offset printing has to offer. Gasch Printing is ready to help with your next digital book printing project, contact us for a quote, and cross “Print My Book” off of your list!