Our main focus is on the production of hard cover and soft cover books with duotone, four-, five- and six-color printing.
With careful planning between the clients and production facilities, we are able to provide periodicals in a timely manner for our clients.
To better serve our clientele we have established sales offices that assist and coordinate quotation requests and production between the factory and the client. Our offices are situated to meet the needs of America’s publishing center in New York City. We also provide an FTP site for worldwide electronic file transfer.
The best way to get a quotation is to contact our local sales office, and discuss your needs with our staff. The production of a book is a complex matter, and if you are not familiar with all the elements, it is possible for us to incorrectly quote your desired product.
The staff will need to know the following:
III.Size and orientation -- a book that binds on the long edge is called vertical or portrait format, while a book that binds on the short edge is called horizontal or landscape format.
IV.Binding style -- hard cover, soft cover or flexibound, sewn or notchbound, wire-o bound, saddle stitched, etc.
V.Text paper, endsheet paper (if needed), case materials (cloth, imitation cloth, or paper wrapped), cover stock, dust jacket stock. All of these can be quite different from your local materials. We are able to import special items if the order is large enough, but often specially imported papers cause an excessive price increase. Please ask about our most readily available stock weights.
VI.The number of colors being printed for each element of the project.
VII. Color origination information giving the number of images per page (4C, duotone, halftone, line art illustrations, and screen tints). The number of text-only pages. If possible the name of the design program (QuarkXpress, PageMaker, etc.,) being used to create the files we will use to output your film after doing the color separations.
VIII. Shipping details for your product. For the most part, clients ask us to ship either "FOB: Hong Kong" and manage the shipping from the Port of Hong Kong to their final destination themselves, or will ask us to ship goods "CIF: Port of ____". Examples of this would be cargo shipped to the ports of New York, Seattle, Long Beach or Boston in the USA. CIF means we deal with the cost of the carriage and insurance for the shipment to a specific port of entry, and the client then clears the cargo at that port, and has it shipped from the port to their location. We maintain a list of customs brokers who deal with both clearing the goods at the port and taking the cargo to the final destination in our sales offices. In most cases we can assist by dealing with the customs or inland freight arrangements for a client.
IX. Schedule. Our basic schedule for a book is approximately 16 weeks from our receipt of your artwork in the plant to goods reaching the port for American clients. If you know when you need your product, or when you will have artwork available, our staff can work out a tentative schedule for production with you.
X. Special needs you may have should be included in the request to the sales office. These would include requirements for advance copies of the product to be shipped via air courier, the need for extra dust jackets or covers shipped with the bulk. Any requirements that you may have that will have an implication in the final costs for your project. We want to show you every cost in advance, and not have any sort of surprises at the end of your project.
We are very proud of our abilities.
We are not willing to rest upon our past accomplishments.
The true test however, has been to satisfy our clients, who have given recognition to our quality work time and again.
We look foward to working with you.