This is post eleven in a series about my experiences in publishing a book. The series starts here.
I got an interesting email yesterday from LensWork, pointing me at this website:
Isn’t that a coincidence! Just at the time when I start working on publishing a book, LensWork gets into that business, and using the very same printer that I was planning on using. Their rates are very attractive: $31K for 1000 96-page 9.5×12 inch full-color hardbound books, including design, scanning (if necessary), CMYK conversion (I’d never let anyone else do that, knowing what I know now), press checks, proofs — the whole ball of wax. They’re even using the same paper I was planning on using.
The differences, besides price:
- A smaller, book. I was planning on 10.5×13.5, but I’m having second thoughts about going that big anyway.
- 20 micron stochastic screen rather than 10,
- Possible the cover thickness and cloth selection.
- No varnish.
- No French-fold dust cover.
- No slip case.
- No portfolio insert.
- No fly sheet. At least it’s not mentioned.
- Probably not as great a design. I think LensWork is very well designed, but Jerry Takigawa is in another league.
I’ll call them up and talk to them, if for nothing more than due diligence, but I’m currently thinking that I’ll stick with Jerry for my first — and possibly only — book. His designs are something special, and there’s also that thing about dancing with the one that brought you.