Ask around at your local print shops. In the last few years, print shops have started investing in digital presses which make small runs like what you're looking for a lot more economical. I actually work at a print shop, and we do this all the time now, where as we used to have to turn people away (or more accurately, quote them a number we knew they couldn't afford). But these days, we can make a single copy of a book for a reasonable price. You'll be somewhat limited with a digital press, like you probably won't be able to do a hard back (not without significant increases in cost), or perfect bound (where they glue the pages in). But it can still look like a nice book without breaking the bank.
For instance, as I type this, I am making some art books on a digital press. We're using a 130lb cover stock (stuff they make business cards out of) for the book's cover. Then we're binding them with a saddle stitcher (stapler), but putting a square back with a spine on them (so they look more like a perfect bound, paperback book than a magazine). There are all kinds of crazy stuff we can do that we couldn't do two years ago. So I'd shop around (cause paper is heavy so it will likely be a lot cheaper to find a place you can pick up the finished books from yourself). Ask to see some samples. You might be surprised. The industry has changed a bunch in the last few years.
I can't. I don't own the copyright to them. I could show you a sample if you stepped into my shop, but I can't repost them online without the original copyright owner's permission.When done, post the book covers here and some samples to see what the members produce.
You can buy blank books online. There are a bunch of places that sell them for stuff like scientific journals, art books, and other things. The selection is somewhat limited. You can't choose just any size or page count. But it's certainly another way to go.How many here do tip in books where the photograph is tipped into place using a existing book as the base?? and if so could you elaborate where you get the source books or how do you put them together yourself.
How many here do tip in books where the photograph is tipped into place using a existing book as the base?? and if so could you elaborate where you get the source books or how do you put them together yourself.
i haven't had anything professionally printed just made hand made books myself
for clients and archivesl it was a 1 - off edition so it didn't need to be mass produced
blurb is pretty good these days, i would look into what they offer. i have a few books they have produced
and for the $$ they are OK ... i can't talk about small presses like rory mentioned but i imagine they do
a fantastic job ... and jim's comment about images on cardstock bound at a print shop take seriously
i've had collateral ( leave behinds and mailers ) made at copyshops that have looked every bit as good as a darkroom print...
it is an option worth looking into ... its funny about the 400 coppies under the bed
my cousin self published literature back in the day and it was like 1000 copies in a garage ... and if its posters
and you are famous like aaron siskind it might be 12000 posters in SOME ONE ELSES GARAGE ... LOL
i have done this but with books i have bound myself
one of the problems with tipping in photographs into books with pages
is unless the spine has been spaced between pages ( adding in paper in the spine
when it is stitched to accommodate the width of the photographic paper ) the book
will fan and not lay flat ... i have tipped-in photographs a couple of ways
1 - i die cut diagonal cuts to slide corners of photographs on each page // worked OK but not very elegant
2 - i used wheat paste and pasted the top edge on the page before the pages were sewn in ...
takes effort youneed to weight everything &c but they look " nice-nice " ( don't use black pages )
Another issue is that of perception. Some people think of 'cheap' when they see spiral binding.
Some institutions ask you set a price on the donation for their deed of gift / records. I value my books at $1000 to $3800 each. She seemed to think with the cheap spiral binding my books were only worth $75 to $100 each. The paper and ink involved to make the book cost $150 to $200, then there is the binding expense and the fact that the book contained over a hundred original archival pigment prints.
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