The best way to get a quotation is to contact your local sales office
for Elegacne Printing and book binding, Co., and discuss your needs with our
staff. The production of a book is a complex matter, and if you are not familiar
with all the elements, it is possible for us to incorrectly quote your desired
The staff will need to know the following:
Size and orientation -- a book that binds on the long
edge is called vertical or portrait format, while a book that binds on the
short edge is called horizontal or landscape format.
Binding style -- hard cover, soft cover or flexibound,
sewn or notchbound, wire-o bound, saddle stitched, etc.
Text paper, endsheet paper (if needed), case materials (cloth,
imitation cloth, or paper wrapped), cover stock, dust jacket stock.
All of these can be quite different from your local materials. We are able
to import special items if the order is large enough, but often specially
imported papers cause an excessive price increase. Please see the paper charts for our
most readily available stock weights.
The number of colors being printed for each element of
Color origination information giving the number of images
per page (4C, duotone, halftone, line art illustrations, and screen tints).
The number of text-only pages. If possible the name of the design program
(QuarkXpress, PageMaker, etc.,) being used to create the files we will use
to output your film after doing the color separations.
Shipping details for your product. For the most part,
clients ask us to ship either "FOB: Hong Kong" and manage the shipping from
the Port of Hong Kong to their final destination themselves, or will ask
us to ship goods "CIF: Port of ____". Examples of this would be cargo shipped
to the ports of New York, Seattle, Long Beach or Boston in the USA, or Tokyo,
Shanghai, Amsterdam or Sidney for other countries. CIF means we deal with
the cost of the carriage and insurance for the shipment to a specific port
of entry, and the client then clears the cargo at that port, and has it
shipped from the port to their location. We maintain a list of customs brokers
used by our clients who deal with both clearing the goods at the port and
taking the cargo to the final destination in our sales offices. The staff
will be happy to pass along this listing to you if you should need it. In
some cases we can assist by dealing with the customs or inland freight arrangements
for a client. We do not recommend this however, since it must be done long
distance from our main office in Hong Kong, and we feel it is better that
the client have a working relationship with the parties handling their cargo
for maximum efficiency.
Schedule. Our basic schedule for a book is approximately
16 weeks from our receipt of your artwork in the plant to goods reaching
the port for American clients. For clients in Asia and Europe the schedule
varies slightly based on shipping times from Hong Kong. If you know when
you need your product, or when you will have artwork available, our staff
can work out a tentative schedule for production with you.
Special needs you may have should be included in the
request to the sales office. These would include requirements for advance
copies of the product to be shipped via air courier, the need for extra
dust jackets or covers shipped with the bulk. Any requirements that you
may have that will have an implication in the final costs for your project.
We want to show you every cost in advance, and not have any sort of surprises
at the end of your project.
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