Edwards Brothers Malloy Donates The Cost of Printing Cookbooks

At the end of 2011 Malloy donated printing time to a local fundraising event.

Although this took place in October of last year, we wanted to take the time to draw attention to the important role ordinary citizens play in supporting the American Cancer Society.


The Story

Malloy Incorporated of Ann Arbor donated the cost of printing 200 cookbooks to The Dexter Relay for Life Team. The cookbooks will feature full color covers and contain about 60 to 70 recipes collected from the residents of Dexter. Once finished, the books will be sold for 10 dollars apiece and proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society.

The cookbook project is just one of several fundraising activities undertaken by The Dexter Relay for Life Team (AKA “the tribe”) who also participates in the annual Relay for Life walk-a-thon. The event has grown from a small personal effort in Tacoma, WA to more than 5,000 events taking place in 19 different countries.

The Dexter Relay for Life event includes the walk-a-thon and activities such as a scavenger hunt and live music. The group’s annual goal for this year is $71,000 dollars which will be donated to the ACS.

Malloy is proud to make a contribution to The Dexter Relay for Life Team in their efforts to raise money for cancer research. We have been a family owned book printer in Ann Arbor, MI for more than 50 years and are committed to serve our community.

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In A Bind?

Book binding is as important to your finished book as other elements such as the printed pages, the cover or the content.  Quality binding is an art form and very difficult to master.  Many different binding styles exist depending on what you want your book to look like as well as how durable you want it to be.  In general, the more complicated the bind style, the higher the cost.

Paperback books

There are a variety of bind styles used to manufacture paperback books.  Some of the most common include perfect bound and notch bound.  Perfect bound books are made by grinding about one eighth of an inch off the spine of a book and then attaching a paper cover with adhesive.  This makes a smooth flat surface for the glue to adhere to.  Notch bound books have notches cut out of the spine instead of grinding a section off.  In contrast, this creates many crevices for glue to sink into and makes the finished book more durable.  Perfect and notch bound books are the most economical way for content creators to have books made.

Malloy can also perform Rep Kover binding.  RepKover is a type of lay-flat binding, licensed and administered by Otabind International. When a RepKover book is closed, it looks like a perfect bound book. When it is open the spine of the cover “floats” free from the text, allowing the book to lay flat.

Saddle Stitched Books

Saddle stitching is another bind style typically used for catalogs, brochures, booklets or manuals.  Pages are stapled together using a saddle stitch machine.  The name comes from the way the pages ride on the machine as staples are applied, sort of like a person riding a horse.

Hardcover books

book bindingCase bound or hardcover books produce a higher quality finished product.  Malloy offers case binding for both traditional offset and Digital Short Run (DSR).  Adhesive case binding is a strong and economical alternative to smyth sewing and meets the rigorous durability criteria established by the National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA).  Finding a printer that can manufacture your entire book in-house will give you greater control over the schedule, materials used and the workflow.  Malloy does much of its case binding work right here at our facilities on Jackson Road in Ann Arbor.  We can do case binding for as few as 400 copies up to 20,000 copies.  We also have the capability to do split runs where a portion of your books are softcover and another portion is case bound.  You can learn more about Malloy’s case binding profile here.

Binding is an important part of the book manufacturing process.  Contact a sales or service representative at Malloy to learn more about our binding options for your next book.

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I don’t know what I was thinking by ordering so many books!!!!

Malloy FulfillmentBelow is a message sent to Malloy from a current content creator customer…

“I don’t know what I was thinking by ordering so many books!!!!   134 boxes? 2 pallets?  Where will I put all of these books?  LOL  My wife was giving me funny looks the other day when I did the math in my head trying to figure how many came in a box and how many boxes….she is going to have a cow when I tell her tonight how many are coming   LOL”

The customer quoted above is new to publishing just like a lot of content creators that we print books for.  The sheer volume of space that books take up and knowing the best way to transport them once they are complete can be a surprise to first time print buyers.  That’s where the staff at Malloy can help out.

Determine quantity when your job is quoted

When you are getting a quote for the amount of books that you need printed, get a rough idea of how many will be packed into each box and how many boxes that will take.  If you are ordering a couple hundred books, you may not need to worry much about space.  Several hundred books or numbers in the thousands means thinking ahead of time about where they will be stored.  Volume of this size requires motor freight shipments and boxes arrive on a pallet that must be loaded and unloaded using a forklift or similar machinery.

malloy fulfillment solutionsShipping and storage

For very small quantities, well known shipping providers such as UPS, Fedex or DHL will suffice.  For larger quantities, motor freight is the cheapest way to go.  It is best to have storage arrangements sorted out before an 18 wheeler shows up at your doorstep with 2 pallets full of books.  It may save you time, money and your sanity to arrange for larger quantities to be stored at a storage facility instead of at your home.

Storage and Fulfillment

In most cases, our customers are printing books that eventually are sold or distributed to readers.  Many of our print buyers benefit greatly from Malloy’s fulfillment solutions.  By using these services, customers do not have to worry about storage, shipping and the fees associated with it and they even get access to tools that will help them manage their inventory and sell their books.  You can take advantage of Malloy’s fulfillment services whether you are a print customer or not.

Whether you have your books printed at Malloy or somewhere else, be sure you know where you are going to put them all.  Click here to learn more about fulfillment at Malloy.

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How Do I Know Which Paper Is Best For My Book?

Stacks of Paper at MalloyMany variables exist when it comes to the paper used to make books.  If you are new to book printing, there are a few fundamental facts to keep in mind when choosing the type of paper your text will be printed on.

We carry a wide range of papers suitable for everything from high end color reproduction to economical workbook type paper.

Paper Coatings and Finishes   

Malloy’s standard book papers are un-coated white and off-white sheets.  Un-coated means the paper has no coating applied at the mill where it is produced.  On the other hand, coated papers are of higher quality and suitable to print full color on inserts, dust jackets, and covers.

The papers actually have a coating that helps the ink stand out on the sheet and makes for excellent reproduction.  Books where coated paper is common on the actual pages include text books, catalogs and magazines where there is a lot of color and high resolution images.

Books without a lot of color and more text such as novels generally don’t use coated paper on their pages.  Coated papers generally cost more than the un-coated papers.

Groundwood paper

roll of paperSome paper is manufactured using groundwood.  These papers are less expensive but are not as good in terms of quality.

They contain less refined fibers.  Malloy carries different choices of groundwood paper including high end versions that can be used as economical substitutes for white or off-white offset sheets.  We also carry lower end groundwood papers.

Basis Weights and Bulk  

We carry various basis weights and bulks for the paper we stock.  The basis weight is defined as the weight of 500 sheets (a ream) in a paper’s standard sheet size.  Sheet size can vary from paper to paper.

The weight of the paper determines how “heavy” it is which then translates into how much your book weighs.  Groundwood papers are usually lower basis weight to lightweight papers whereas coated and un-coated off-white sheets are heavier papers.  Often, the weight of your book is an important factor in regards to the cost of shipping or mailing it.

Used Paper RollsThe bulk has to do with the “feel” of the paper and how thick it is.

A measurement for this is known as PPI or pages per inch.  The bulk of a paper can come into play in a variety of scenarios.

For example if you have a book that is relatively short in terms of page count, but you want to make it look thicker, you could choose a paper that has fewer pages per inch, or usually a vellum or antique bulk.

In contrast, if you have a book with a lot of pages and you don’t want it to be too thick, you could choose a paper with a higher PPI or more pages per inch.

Paper and the Environment

Another factor to take into consideration when choosing paper is where it came from and how it was made.  The chain-of-custody (CoC) certifications that Malloy carries are SFI and FSC and soon PEFC.

Chain-of-custody certification insures that the fiber used to make the papers comes from sources that practice sustainable forestry processes.

Most of our papers are SFI or FSC certified and we encourage our customers to use them as well as display the appropriate CoC logo in the books as a testament to the environmental stewardship we support.

For any additional questions about our paper offerings or to get a complete list, please contact your sales or customer service representative.

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