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17/10/2019 Digital Printing, Print Finishes

Book Printing: The Rise of the Indie Author

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Historically, in order to get a book published, printed and distributed, a prospective author would have to acquire an agent and a publisher. The age of the internet, digital printing and social media has altered this dynamic and seen the rise of the “indie author”: self-publishers who retain full creative control over their works.

Traditional Printed Books

The internet has made it incredibly easy for an author to bypass the tricky process of acquiring an agent or publisher. Many are achieving this by publishing e-books. 

But an increasing number are also forming direct relationships with editors, designers and printers in order to produce traditional printed books. 

Digital printing has made shorter print runs financially viable and social media connections provide the perfect opportunity to market directly to the end consumer.

We have printed a number of books for individuals and organisations. Often, these are short digital print runs that allow authors to test the market.

Complete Print Service

We provide a complete design and print service. You can simply supply a text file and we will assist you through the process of layout and design. Our design experts can help you understand technical matters such as margins and bleed to ensure that your book has a professional finish. 

Once you have approved a proof, we can usually print and bind your books within 5-7 working days.

In recent weeks, we have printed a local history book and a charity cookbook. And we expect to be doing many more as the appeal of being an indie author continues to grow.

If you are an aspiring indie author and would like to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. You can call us on 01603 488001 or email sales@col-print.co.uk

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