Need some print production information?

Believe it or not, for those curious ones out there – we have some fascinating print production information

At Imbali, our publications are individually and carefully assessed, planned and produced.

That is also true for that elusive element about which so few people know, namely … print production.

Let us inform you …There are certain distinct advantages when publishing with Imbali, namely: Most of our products are printed on demand (PoD), which means we will NOT be stocking thousands of copies of our titles in a warehouse, gathering dust, hoping they will sell one day! Our PoD model ensures we don’t waste money or time, but only print when orders are received AND on top of that – we are able to change content timeously and as is needed. No dated stock needing to be written off and pulped!
Our titles will be printed with reputable South African printers. This represents our ethos and mission, namely, to be FIERCELY LOCAL! Some of the cutting-edge technologies used include digital cut sheet, litho and inkJet printing, addressing the need to be able to print different quantities at good quality, just in time – and at excellent prices.

For those of you with a nerd’s interest in book sizes, please find the data below:
210×148 = A5 (this is half the size of your normal A4)
297×210 = A4 (we all know this size)
280×210 = A4 truncated also known as A4 short (this size is used for some textbooks at schools and universities)
245×168 = narrow crown (this is the most common size for locally-produced textbooks used in higher education)
213×137; 222×152; 245×185 = these sizes are commonly used for novels.

Fascinatingly, the different types of paper (also called stock) used for book printing here are: 70 and 80gsm White Bond, 52 and 70gms Creamy Bulky and 90, 120 and 135gsm Camelot Cartridge.

Types of binding used include saddle stitch, which is recommended for books with less than 80 pages. PUR binding (Polyurethane Resin) is best for books with more than 80 pages and no more than 400 pages), while thread-sewn uses the technique of hot melting glue and thread.

Now I have deleted much of the technical information that some of you might like to know about, (while it will put the others to sleep…), so, should you wish to obtain a print quotation from us, do use our Enquiry form at the bottom of the Imbali website – and we promise to get back to you ASAP to provide you with all the required exquisite detail.