BTW. I have just put a hardbacked book of 300 pages through that site's
Quick Quote tool and for one it's $346! Via Lulu it would cost you $15.65!
Just Kevin said:
BTW. I have just put a hardbacked book of 300 pages through that site'shttps://bestbookprinting.com/ Quick Quote tool and for one it's $346! Via Lulu it would cost you $15.65!
In a nutshell, offset commercial printing uses ink instead of toner, allows for the use of a great number of different papers and offers the highest quality finished product. Digital printing uses toner that is fused to the paper with heat and has a more limited number of compatible paper options.
Digital printing still offers incredible quality and has the added advantage of almost no setup cost, making small quantities cost effective. By contrast, the traditional offset press has a much higher initial setup cost, but is more economical to run once setup is complete. This means that for runs of more than 500-1000, the price per book will go down as the quantity goes up.
Digital printing is great for short run or on demand printing projects including your book. However, the weak link in digital printing is the cover. The dirty little secret about digital book printing is that covers printed on digital presses look great, but are prone to a host of problems in finishing. Cracking, peeling, delaminating and cross grain folding are always going to be issues when paper is subjected to the high temperatures required to fuse toner to paper. Hybrid printing allows Advanced Print & Finishing to avoid these problems. We print your covers on our commercial offset presses and do so at the same price as digital.
I take it from all of this that they are specifically addressing the self-published author who is looking for a relatively small print run ("Digital printing is great for short run"). Another clue to their intended audience is that they give basic advice about file formats, cover design, obtaining a copyright and ISBN, etc.
Interesting images Paul. They look nothing like the hardbacked books Lulu printed for me! Are you sure they were made using Lulu POD? Or is there a distinct difference between a Casewrap and a Dustjacket hardcover?
Anyhow, this is interesting also >> https://www.designersinsights.com/designer-resources/choosing-the-right-binding-type/
Incidentally, if you want a book to lay as flat as possible without damaging the spine, or the book keep insisting on closing, ringbinding has to be the best option.