Monday, 12 December 2016

On Printing by Xerox (Quora)

My Q
Has Anyone Tried printing Books on Xerox Machines?

My Comment
Not meaning on specific printers or printing cards used for printing e-books, but a) using a normal copy machine, able to diminish A3 > A4, b) printing books which were not books before he started printing.

and except for my own, interspersed with my comments.

My own
For my part, I have.

Using my own blogged or handwritten texts, and laying side by side the 8:1, 2:7, 6:3, 4:5 etc. pages manually.

Harry Parker,
Worked at multiple companies designing printers and studying image quality.
Written Dec 6
Any printer can be used to print the pages of a book. The difficult part is how to bind the book. This could be done manually or by machine.

Multiple options for book binding exist, depending on the size of the book and how many copies you want to make.

Xerox makes and sells multiple kinds of “finisher” options for their copier/printers, some of which can be used to bind books.

Hans-Georg Lundahl
I have done, so far, like this:

  • copying by machine (with foldable print sheets)
  • manually folding, binding and cutting (somewhat amateurishly)

Sunil Khopkar,
Printing Industry Specialist
Written Thu
If you want to print small quantities like 1 to 10 copies, you can get the books photocopied (widely known as Xerox in India) to save money. Further get it bound like this

This is the fastest & cheapest option.

Hans-Georg Lundahl
I do not think that that binding you show is great.

I prefer to copy double sided sheets with in total eight book pages, four each side, then fold, then bind manually.

It seems, even above 10 copies, xerox remains cheapest for a while.

[Here I refer to other answers, see following two]

Cy Stapleton,
History of printing from 2,000bc to about 1960.
Written Thu
Absolutely. I once had a a 4365. At the time I had a small commercial print shop and used the 4365 more than I used my offset or letterpress equipment. I specialized in short run books. Most of my books were either 48 or 96 page, but I printed books up to a little more than 500 pages. The largest one was a family history book with hundreds of photos.

The 4365 was far more efficient than the offset or letterpress machines and the photo quality was almost as good. Even better I could efficiently print a single copy or hundreds of copies for the same unit price.

More recently I was employed by Office Depot for a couple of years and we were using more modern Xerox work stations. They were far more efficient and have many more features, but not as fun to operate.

Moh Rafat H
Written Dec 7
actually, xerox has a very good range of products, that can compete offset print pres.

u can print books easily using a combination of software, printers, and finishers,

the problem that offset printers are very cheap for high quantities, so for example, if offset is used, it can be better for higher number of copies, faster, and cheaper, but if you want let us say 1000 copy or less, printers, such as xerox, in certain product ranges, could be cheaper, and for sure faster.

Hans-Georg Lundahl
Oh, so you mean anyone wanting to try out a book in a kind of fanzine format before deciding on greater issues would be well advised to use Xerox rather than offset?

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