Ten Books About Printing

There are many books full of information which is valuable to those involved in managing and using office printing equipment. Here is a quick list of some of the best.

  1. From Design Into Print: Preparing Graphics and Text for Professional Printing Author Sandee Cohen unravels what designers need to know about the often mysterious rules of producing graphics and layouts for print. Working backwards from what a professional printer needs to put readers’ work on the printed page, Cohen explains the fundamentals of image capture, file preparation, and press operations. Along the way she describes how to manage different file formats, printer output, and printing links.
  2. The Myth of the Paperless Office “The authors approach their subject with academic rigour, observing real organisations to find out how people like to work.” — Financial Times “If you wish to read anything at all on office management, read this book.” — Guardian UK “The case for paper is made most eloquently in The Myth of the Paperless Office…” — Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
  3. Mastering Digital Printing “…It’s a printing classic in the world of digital arts…. Truly a great road map towards digital printing.” — InsideGraphics.com “…a complete reference book of digital printing for photography and fine art.” — Art World News “Photographers, digital and traditional artists, and printmakers can gain a thorough introduction to digital printmaking in “Mastering Digital Printing.” — The Big Picture Magazine “The new bible for digital printmakers!” — WorldPrintmakers.com “There’s really nothing like this book. It’s comprehensive, but it’s readable without getting clammy.” — Imaging Resource Digital Photography Newsletter, Feb. 21, 2003
  4. Getting It Printed: How to Work With Printers and Graphic Imaging Services to Assure Quality, Stay on Schedule and Control Costs (Getting It Printed) 4th Edition Getting It Printed has been the resource for the production industry for over 17 years, offering practical, jargon-free information about how to stay on schedule, control costs and get quality results. Now in its 4th edition, this invaluable reference continues to offer tried-and-true printing advice and has been updated to include all the latest digital technologies and reflect changes in the printing industry
  5. The Non-Designer’s Design Book best-selling author Robin Williams turns her attention to the basic principles of good design and typography. All you have to do is follow her clearly explained concepts, and you’ll begin producing more sophisticated, professional, and interesting pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, illustrations, and dozens of examples make learning a snap, which is just what audiences have come to expect from this best-selling author.
  6. Understanding Color Management (Graphic Design/Interactive Media) Dr. Abhay Sharma explains the basics of color science and color measurement, and provides an in-depth look at the range of measuring instruments available to the end-user. International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles are discussed in great detail and procedures for profiling scanners, digital cameras, computer monitors, inkjet printers, and printing presses are thoroughly described- making this book the definitive guide to color management.
  7. The Little Know-It-All: Common Sense for Designers This indispensable manual is complete with graphics that illustrate and supplement the texts, making it a stimulating reference book for students and newcomers while serving as a trusty companion for professional designers and media professionals alike in their everyday work.
  8. The Supply Mangement Handbook, 7th Ed For more than three decades, The Supply Management Handbook (formerly The Purchasing Handbook) has been vital for purchasing and supply professionals in every field and industry. This latest edition comprehensively updates and revises this classic to encompass the ongoing shift from simple purchasing to a new, more technology-based imperative–identifying and managing supply chain sources and strategies.
  9. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant “Blue Ocean Strategy will have you wondering why companies need so much persuasion to stay out of shark-infested waters.” — BusinessWeek “Blue Ocean raises pertinent questions… and delivers valuable answers.” — American Way “Companies struggling to stay afloat in the market’s…red oceans would do well to look into Blue Ocean Strategy.” — Fort Worth Star Telegram “The book is clearly written, offering many examples of blue-ocean strategies and the techniques to develop such a scheme.” — Globe and Mail
  10. Lasermonks: The Business Story Nine Hundred Years in the Making Based upon the centuries-old principles of St. Benedict, LaserMonks’ unique approach to business has set a new standard for socially conscious companies. Their unusual and fascinating story is a true testament to the concept of “good work.”