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Gregath Publishing e-zine 
Volume 8, Number 7
July, 2009
Helping writers, genealogists and computer users of all kinds

Please note that while an effort to generalize much of this text has been made, some references to "we, our, etc." still occur and much of the information provided applies to The Gregath Publishing Company and may not with other printer/publishers.  ALWAYS double check with your printer/publisher on every detail.

Table of Contents
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What's It Mean?
Design Inspiration
Book Manufacturing Concepts
Marketing Advice
Genealogy Ideas
Computer Help

What’s It Mean?
- saddle stitch spotlight

Saddle Stitch: Soft type binding where pages are printed four and folded in the middle (spine) and stapled in the fold. Many program books and most magazines are saddle stitched.  Due to the paper being folded as a spine, this works well with only small page count books.  Click here for information web page.

Against the Grain: Folding, scoring, binding, or printing at right angles to the alignment of the fibers of the paper.

Binding: Folded sheets (signatures) or single leaves (pages) secured on one edge (spine) and protected by a cover.

Binding Edge: Edge of text block that is attached by sewing or adhesive binding, etc.

Binding Margin (inner, gutter, or back margin): Margin where text block is attached: The distance between the binding edge of a printed page and the text area.

Cover: The outer part of any book. Covers are generally labeled as hard or soft. Type of cover effects types of bindings possible.

Paper Grain: The direction most of the fibers within paper generally lie, corresponding to the direction of their flow on the papermaking machine.

Self Cover: Publications that are softbound using a cover of the same material as the interior.  Self covers may or may not be self-mailers.

Softbound (soft back, soft cover, paper back): Books are secured at the spine - all pages and a cover (index, cover stock, plastic coated, etc.). A few of the types we offer are Chicago screw, coil, comb, perfect, saddle, three-hole, velobind and wire (spiral) binding.

Spine (backbone): Side of the book where all the pages are secured together to the binding - opposite the trim edge. It is the actual edge visible facing outward when a book sits on the shelf.  Center or back of book - surface usually carries lettering (free on all hard bindings).

For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and

Run across a word that you don't understand?  Try us - email us your word, term or phrase and we will see if we can shed some light on the matter!

Design Inspiration

Photos and other special items:

Don't overlook your photo layout when determining margins and what fits on a page. The photograph counts as the edge of the margin, just as headers, footers, text, and other graphics do. As we prepare digital manuscripts, it is easy to forget this as so many of our special items lay "over" or "under" the page that we have set margins for. Unless you are paying for a full bleed, laying items outside your set margin area can lead to books that have inadequate printing in the margins, broken spines as things run into the stitched binding, and unforeseen edge trims as the book block is trimmed to prepare for binding.

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Book Manufacturing Concepts

Not all hard bindings are created equal. Know the standard options of the publisher:

Standard ALA Oversewn Hard Binding: High Quality, Low Price
Deluxe Hard Binding Information
Full Color Covers
Specialty Hard Binding: High Quality, Low Price

If the standard offerings don' already do so, can they include elements that you are interested in? This should be a factor in choosing your publisher/binder.

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Marketing advice

The USPS now has three different "shoebox" sizes of priority boxes for your convenience. This works extremely well for small format books, as the small box costs less to ship.

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Genealogy ideas

The State Library of Ohio and Ohio Historical Society are pleased to
announce the March 2nd launch of the Ohio Memory - Next Generation
website (http://www.ohiomemory.org). The website,
a redesign of the Ohio Memory project, features 75,000 historical images
and information from 330 archives, historical societies, libraries and
museums.  The new site has been improved to make it easier to find and
contribute images, information, and documents. Users can search and
browse all collections or an individual collection by subject, place or

"People are used to one-stop shopping and retrieval of information.  The
new website allows users to find documents, portraits, and photographs
on any given subject quickly and easily," said State Librarian Jo
Budler.  "It is wonderful that our partnership with the Ohio Historical
Society allowed us to move our collections to a new and improved

The Ohio Memory - Next Generation site is a collaborative project of the
State Library of Ohio and Ohio Historical Society. In addition to all of
the resources on the original website, the State Library has contributed
part of its Ohio documents digital collection that includes a vast
selection of publications produced on the web by state agencies.  The
publications include many annual reports, health and population
statistics, natural resources guides and pamphlets including: Trails for
Ohioans a plan for the future
, 20 Questions to ask a lender or mortgage
, and 2006 population estimates for cities,
& townships

"We are beginning to scan print materials from our rare Ohio state
government collection.  The staff is scanning annual reports from the
1800s to early 1900s.  Current titles include:  Annual Report of the
Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors Orphans' Home; Ohio Institution for the
Education of the Deaf and Dumb; and Annual Reports of Longview
Hospital," said Jim Buchman, head of Patron & Catalog Services at the
State Library of Ohio. "These publications include rosters of
individuals and will be of interest to the genealogy community." For
example, a recently scanned document is the Known military dead during
the Spanish American War and the Philippines Insurrection, 1898-1901

Ohio Memory began as a state bicentennial project in 2000 to build a
searchable database of digital images celebrating Ohio's history.
Hundreds of historical societies, museums and libraries from all over
Ohio contributed more than 25,000 images to the project.  The collection
continues to grow. "The [new] site increases access to Ohio's past and
the individual stories that make up the fabric of our nation's and
Ohio's history," said Angela O'Neil, manager of Preservation and
Access Services at the Ohio Historical Society.

The Ohio Memory project was originally funded by the Ohio Public Library
Information Network, Ohio Bicentennial Commission and a federal
Institute for Museum and Library Services/Library Services Technology
Act grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

For more information contact Jim Buchman, Head Patron & Catalog
Services, State Library of Ohio: jbuchman@sloma.state.oh.us

From the Librarians Serving Genealogists E-List
Submitted by Marsha McDevitt-Stredney

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Computer aid!?!

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that helps you through the legal snarl that can develop in today's society when you wish to retain your rights to Copyright, but wish to have your information shared freely. Gregath Co. does not endorse or recommend any non-governmental Copyright service. However, this service is quickly becoming the standard for those who want to share their work. As a non-profit, their online tools can get you up and running trying to cover all the legal points on your own. Additionally, taking the verbiage into your lawyer for the final approval may result in lower legal fees than if the legal professional had to start from scratch.


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