At the Bookfair

Once a year there is a bookfair in the lovely town of Leipzig. We at Helz-Design have a great experience in typesetting books. We layout books in the traditional way for printing but we also produce e-books. Therefore it was close enough to make a trip to the bookfair in Leipzig.

Saturday March 16th we took the train to Leipzig. We also planned to visit a friend in Leipzig, who spontaneously offered couch and bed. Hurray a weekend-trip. Continue reading “At the Bookfair”

How to do an E-Book

This is not the ultimate guide to do an e-book. I am pretty sure that there are more than just one method. And although I am now able to create e-books for e-book-readers I still prefer those lovely old-fashioned books which have been printed and which you can take in our hands, feel the paper, smell the paper and which or better who will develop their own character during the years.

Can you make an E-book?

To tell you the whole story from the scratch. In July a friend asked me if I am able to do an e-book. Sure, I can do an e-book. By that moment I was thinking of good old pdf-file. Those files we all have in hundreds on our sites to provide information to our friends, fans or customers. Same procedure, than for sending a book to the printing office. You just have to use another preset, lower resolution etc. Nothing complicated.

I really thought that the new customer just wanted a pdf-e-book. Ok, I placed my quota, which was accepted happily. I got the script as an openoffice-file. I got some pictures and the email-address of the customer. Continue reading “How to do an E-Book”

How do they do a book and book production?

Do you ask yourself how certain stuff is produced? How they do it?
I am asking myself quite often this question. I am so curious.

There is something I already wanted to know when I was a little child. You know that I love to read.
So how do they do books?

Meanwhile I am happy that I am able to answer this question.
And while answering this question, I can also show how they work in my industry.
How a Media designer works.

I am doing anything that is connected with Pre-Press. I am working closely with Publishers and Printing Shops.

First person in book-production is the author.
The author has to write a book. Then he offers this book to publishers. When the publisher accepts the book, I become part of the game.

Roughly you can distinguish six sections until you can hold the finished book in your hands.

  1. Design:
    Creating the layout. Sometimes you have to stick to an existing layout, since textbooks are published in series.
  2. Preparing type setting:
    Editorial office is checking the text of the author and prepares it for typesetting.
    They specify headlines etc. Media designers should never have to decide if text has to be set bold or italic. This is written down in typesetting specifications.
  3. Typesetting and proof reading:
    Entering the text into layout, make up, submitting text to proof reading.
  4. Pre Press:
    In my opinion #3 is also part of Pre Press, but this part is explicit for image processing.
  5. Printing:
    Happens usually via Offset printing, but also via digital printing. Digital printing is similar to the way you print a text at home or in office.
  6. Book binding.

Certainly we don’t have to follow the steps one after the other.
I am a full service company and offer book production from A to Z. Sent the manuscript to me and I will finally send a printable PDF to publisher or printing shop. Continue reading “How do they do a book and book production?”