About David

David has an Honours Degree in Printing and Packaging Technology and has worked in both technical and sales roles in both the Paper and Printing industries for over 20 years.

Mmmmm. There is nothing like the smell of a good book!

By |June 19th, 2018|Book Printing|

  Researchers at University College London's Institute for Sustainable Heritage conducted an experiment asking how participants felt about a number of different aromas. Among them, of course, was an old book. Their findings were published in Heritage Science (https://heritagesciencejournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40494-016-0114-1). Without knowing what they were smelling, participants overwhelmingly described the smell of books as being like [...]

How do I make my book feel thicker?

By |March 21st, 2018|Book Printing|

How do I make my book feel thicker?   Sometimes a book that does not have many pages will benefit from being a little thicker to give it more perceived value. This is often easily be achieved by just increasing the paper weight, but the disadvantage of doing this is that the paper cost increases [...]

Make your book look and feel like a best seller

By |July 21st, 2016|Book Printing|

Make your book look and feel like a best seller Every year I go to the London Book Fair where I meet with lots of first time self publishers, many who have just had their book printed. Sometimes their excitement is tinged with disappointment about how their book has turned out. I hear them tell me [...]

Book Typesetting and Page Design

By |July 7th, 2016|Book Printing|

So you’ve written all the content for your book and maybe you’ve got some photographs or drawings as well. You are right to be concerned about the elements of making your manuscript actually look like a book. There is, as you suspect, the potential to make a world of difference to the appearance of your [...]

Which is the best paper for printing my book?

By |March 3rd, 2016|Book Printing|

Choosing the best paper for your book is a decision that should not be rushed – I pick up many books only to notice that the choice of paper is in conflict with the content. This might not be so obvious to the novice, but often there will be something that is difficult to put your [...]

Achieving a beautiful printed result – FM Screening

By |February 10th, 2016|General Printing|

To enable an image to be printed it must be broken up into a matrix of dots – called a halftone image. Traditionally the process of converting an original photograph into a halftone was done photographically with a halftone screen and the number of lines per inch (the resolution of the screen) was called the [...]