If you’ve ordered or are thinking of placing an order for a quantity of books from your favorite book printer, you should consider how you are going store those books when they arrive. Ask for the dimensions of the box from the printer.
First of all you need an area that is neither hot or cold in temperature nor damp. Storing books on the concrete floor of the garage floor is a recipe for trouble. Moisture and/or dampness will transfer through the floor into the books. This also holds true for stacking the boxes against an outside concrete wall. Basically books and concrete are not a good mix.If you have to put your books in a garage, make sure the boxes are on a pallet so they can get air circulation under them and are at least six to twelve inches from the wall.
Open cartons of books can attract insects and mice. Once you open a book box, transfer the remaining copies to a plastic bin with a sealed cover. Unhatched insect eggs can appear as small specs on the pages and if caught in time can be cleaned with a soft brush. Rodent damage means value loss as you’ll need to destroy the books.
If possible store books in a climate controlled area, so that fluctuations of temperature and humidity can be controlled such as an interior closet. Make sure your book storage area is not somewhere susceptible to water damage perhaps from flooding, leaky ceiling or broken pipes.
Books also should not be stored on edge, even when packed in cartons. A good book printer rotates spine out or spine in every few books so the weight of the spine is not pressing on all copies.
Keep in mind these suggestions are for soft cover or hard cover books for general usage and sale. Rare or extremely valuable books have additional storage concerns need to be addressed. The suggestions here are based on the most common issues that arise resulting in damaged books.
Request a free copy of A Guide to Book Printing & Self-Publishing listing prices and tips from this Northwest short-run book printer. One of the first book printers to offer a free guidebook filled with price charts and instructional information, Kurt Gorham, owner of Gorham Printing, has continued updating this handy guide over the years. What better way to spread the news about short-run book printing and what Gorham Printing offers than sending a sample book to potential customers?
Thousands of people, across the United States, have received past variations of the book, enjoying and feeling encouraged by the tips and ideas. Now the 2013 edition is available, for writers in the United States, filled with new, lower pricing as currently seen on the Gorham Printing website. Click on the green Free Book ribbon and request a copy.
This handy guidebook is not only filled with useful information for authors and small press publishers but is a 64-page sample of their standard text and cover stock with gloss film lamination in perfect binding. It is also an excellent representation of the quality text layout and cover design available at Gorham Printing.
Tips about book production, design and marketing are found on its pages such as:
- What is a standard trim size for a trade paperback book?
- If a manuscript is 60,000 words, how many estimated pages is that for a 5.5×8.5 trade paperback book?
- If I have PDF files of my text and cover, how much would fifty books cost?
- Do I need an ISBN?
Is 2013 the year to finish a memoir or start on a new novel? Know someone who is ready to take the leap into author-dom? Be sure to request a copy of A Guide to Book Printing & Self-Publishing by Gorham Printing and start the New Year with a boost in the right direction. Requests can be made on the website or by calling 800 837-0970 where a staff member will be happy to take the address information and get a copy in the mail.