Publishing Your Book

Tourmaline BookIt has been said: "We all have a book within us."

I think we'd all agree that the hard part is getting the book to the printers. Newryqs can get your book to the printers. We can take your rough copy and photos and put them into the form where they can be successfully printed. We can even get you a price quote from the printers. Typically, the printing and shipping cost for a 300 page, sewn-binding, hardcover book in large format (8 x 10 inches or 20 x 25 cm) is about $6-$10 each in press runs of only 2000 copies. The price includes delivery to your door.


The cost of getting your book "ready for the press" is typically $2-$3 a book in small press runs. The more copies you print, the price per copy diminishes. There are many money saving tips we can tell you about. The lowest price is for an uncomplicated layout where all that has to be done are the basics. If you do not know the basics, we can get your book ready. The basic book has relatively few components: text and illustrations. The text should be in a digital document file such as Word, OpenOffice, etc. The illustrations should be digital and they must have a large enough digital size ( in megabytes) so that the image can be look good in the book at the size you want. The illustrations, in many ways, are the hard part of the book. We want your book to look great. Great pictures that are sharp, well-lighted, colorful, and are many megabytes in size, etc. should look great. If you have historical photographs, obviously what you have is what you get. The printers we will get quotes from specialize in WYSIWYG - "What you see is what you get."



Technical details:


1. Think in terms of multiples of 16. All of the pages, including the fly leaves, half-title, title page, copyright page, frontispiece, dedication, preface, introduction, main body of the book, index, etc. are printed in signatures of 16 pages. If the total number of pages is a multiple of 16, you will get the best "value". If your page count is one page over, the printer has to charge for the full sheet of paper used as your one page is printed where 16 could go. If you have a 321 page book, the cost of printing 336 pages would be the same price.


2. The reason pictures have to be megabytes in size is because of "resolution" requirements. Printed photographs in books need to be printed at 300-350 dpi (dots per inch) resolution. The higher number is for "art" books or where the illustrations are a very important part of the book. Computer display screens do not require much detail to look good as they only need 72 dpi resolution. This means that if you see a 2 inch image on a display screen, you need 2 x 72 dots per inch on one side and 2 x 72 dpi on the other side or a total of 20,736 dots. If you were to print the same image in a book at 350 dpi, you would need 2 x 350 by 2 x 350 dots = 490,000 dots. That's much more than 20 times as many dots. That means the image file size needs to be over 20 times larger to print each and every picture in your book. A full page picture would need a digital image of about 10 megabytes in size. (Note: There is no direct calculation between dpi and image file size, because of all the printing variables. A file size of 1 megabyte might be adequate for a 2 x 2 inch (5 x 5 cm) printed image but an image 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm) is twenty times larger in surface area. Of course, if you use the full size of an image, these numbers are appropriate guidelines. If you want to print a tiny portion of your original image, it will also have to be tiny. There's no way to get resolution that you do not have in the original. Most photo editing programs have a menu option to calculate the size of an image at a particular resolution. Resampling does not give you extra resolution.)


Maine Feldspar book3. The cover has to be larger than the size of the book. The covers consist of the front and back, a spine where the title and author names appear, and an extra bit that wraps abound the cover boards and are pasted along the inside of the cover boards. The image size requirements are the same as in the book's interior.


4. The index is an important part of a non-fiction book. The words or ideas to be indexed can be written down as the book progresses, but the only time you can know what page(s) the indexed items are on is when the book is completely laid out.



Newryqs offers complete book publishing services.





Book Layout

Book Submission and Oversight of Printing Process

Book Shipment


If you have a book in mind, please contact us about how our services may help you. Visit our sales page regarding some of our recent books.



Contact :

Van King

c/o Newryqs

P.O. Box 90888
Rochester, NY 14609
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Best Wishes,


Van King and Nathan King