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Offset Printing

High-volume solutions for runs 3000+

Traditional publishing models have been defined by offset printing for years. Offset book printing is best suited for economically producing large volumes of books in black and white, and full colour. Although disruptive market forces have us revising old paradigms for inventory planning, offset still has a wide range of applications.

How offset printing technology works for you:

  • Cost effectiveness for long runs

    Offset book printing is often the most economical solution for high volume print runs over 3000 copies.
  • Amortized setup costs

    The more you print, the cheaper the price per book because setup costs are amortized with high output volume.
  • Production efficiency

    Offset book printing lets you print high volumes in a short time. It's often used in conjunction with digital inkjet to cost-effectively manage a title’s life cycle.
  • Diverse paper options

    Print on a wide range of paper types with custom finishes (from 20lb to 60lb).
  • Custom colour options

    Special custom inks and pantone colours are available to match specific, brand-centric colours.

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FAQs for offset book printing

What types of projects are best for offset book printing?

Consider offset technology if you have high-volume demand for print runs over 3000 copies, your projects don’t require customization and personalization during print runs, and/or you need very lightweight text papers under 30 lbs. Offset printing is ideal for trade books, graphic novels, travel guides, cookbooks, reference materials, catalogues, manuals, financial publications, student textbooks, custom editions, and instructor editions.

What are your standard trim sizes?

For run lengths with 1 to 4-colour printing over 3000 copies, standard trim sizes range from 4¼ x 7 up to 8½ x 11, including 5½ x 8½, 6 x 9, 7⅜ x 9¼, and 8½ x 11.

What binding options do you offer?

We offer perfect binding, Otabind™ lay-flat binding, case binding (hardcover), hardcover perfect binding, hardcover smyth binding, saddle stitching and mechanical binding (wire-o, plasticoil) as part of our offset book printing solutions. Visit our binding page for more details.

Why would Webcom choose to print my books offset as opposed to digital inkjet?

Due to the cost difference in setup (make-ready) arising from the very different technology between the processes, longer print runs (3000+) are more economical with offset book printing. In some cases, very lightweight papers or newsprint-grade choices may also determine an offset run.

Can an offset-printed book be printed again later on a digital inkjet web press?

Yes. Webcom’s workflow is set up to easily direct a publisher’s file to either an offset or digital inkjet workflow. Your files are archived in Webcom’s servers and you can be assured easy access to the most efficient printing process over the life of your title.

Are there any size limitations on my book design using offset book printing processes?

Webcom’s offset and digital inkjet workflows allow for comparable wide ranges of product formats from 4.25”x7” to 9”x12”. Page counts can vary up to several thousand pages (up to a 3.25” spine, depending on paper chosen) with binding options that range from saddle stitching to perfect binding and case binding.

Does offset printing play a role in your BookFWD™ program?

BookFWD™ is a business solution that is intended to shine a light on inventory costs while introducing new ordering strategies. The objective is to reduce costs, optimize revenue opportunities, and streamline business processes. BookFWD™ functions across the life cycle of a title. As a result, offset printing can play a key role – in conjunction with digital inkjet – in delivering the most cost-effective solution for the quantity required.

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