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Reputable printer in Ottawa [Apr. 14th, 2011|07:14 pm]
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On a completely non-political and non-drama note, the book I've produced is encountering increasingly frustrating printer-related problems. Namely, a set of proofs that took two weeks to be produced — and that were seriously messed up.

It's now been more than a week since I sent them back for correction and I've been promised they'll be in tomorrow but the whole thing is making me look pretty bad.

Can any of you local folks recommend of a reputable house that could produce a magazine-sized, perfect-bound book in black and white with full-colour covers? Von or Moggy? Anyone?

[User Picture]From: sooguy
2011-04-15 01:00 am (UTC)
Off the top of my head, try Carleton or Ottawa U. I know a lot of people here in Sudbury swear by the Laurentian U printers for all types of jobs. Worth a call.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-04-15 02:48 pm (UTC)

That's a good thought

I was actually once a delivery boy for U of T Press. I should have thought of that. Meanwhile, the proofs were just delivered a few minutes and — first glance — seem to be okay, so it may be moot.

But next time, maybe ...
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[User Picture]From: vonandmoggy
2011-04-15 02:33 am (UTC)
Well, Ottawa is full of printers, but I haven't used any of them. I'm using Lightning Source (http://www.lightningsource.com/) since they have decent quality and unparalleled distribution (Lightning Source is owned by Ingram, so the way their feeds work mean that your titles are automatically listed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters, and a variety of indie sites, too). Their operating manual (PDF format) is available here if you want to see prices, specs, and whatnot.

It really comes down to what you want, though, and what you're thinking of. There are places like Dolco, Gilmore, and Lowe-Martin. Bytowne Books also has a list of Canadian Private Presses and some of these may do custom jobs.

Hope that helps.

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-04-15 02:56 pm (UTC)

I didn't know you were doing POD

Thanks for that, Von. As per the subject-line, I didn't really you were printing via POD. Stargazer looked like a completely professional print-job and I'm actually surprised to learn you did it POD.

My (current) printer's proofs just arrived a few minutes ago and seem to be okay, but I think I'll do some exploration of Lightningsource this weekend anyway. Everything is already in PDF format ...

Anyway, we'll see what happens.

Edited at 2011-04-15 02:57 pm (UTC)
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