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BIC: An Introduction to Production



Aimed at those new to book production. This course provides an interactive introduction to how books are made, looking at the whole process, including re-pro, colour management, the different print and binding methods used within the book industry and the language used to express it. It focuses on the role of production and how you can add value and avoid some of the pit falls of the process.

This seminar based course focuses on the practical application of knowledge. Hear first hand from industry experts on a broad range of subjects and learn how to apply this knowledge in your day-to-day role.

All of BIC’s courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. You will learn:

  • The publishing business model and how you can affect its profitability
  • Where you fit into the business and how you can influence it
  • About pre-press and how decisions made at this point can impact the print cost and the quality of the finished book
  • The different print methods, when to use them and how to choose the right one for your
  • The different papers available and how they can impact the cost and look of your book
  • The different binding methods, their pros and cons and the impact they have on design
  • The cover finishes available, their uses and limitations
  • How a book gets to the customer
  • How to select a supplier and request a quote
  • What to consider when scheduling a book
  • How to solve problems at each stage of the process.


Book Industry Communication


Faber & Faber
74-77 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DA United Kingdom
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