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Our company deals with making, folding and printing books from the very first steps to the last ones, so we can provide the solution to any idea you have.
An editor is a person who has the ability to make the text more understandable. He corrects the structure of the book, the logical mistakes, the chronology, the contradictions. In addition, he corrects, simplifies or expands the grammatically incorrect sentences according to what the text requires. He carries out his work in close cooperation with the author, the text acquires its final form after several discussions and corrections. Due to the long work, the work of the editor is one of the most expensive parts of making the book, in case of private editions, the client rarely requests it.
Many clients ask themselves: Can't I do some of the book-making work myself?
And the answer is: Depending on the parameters of the book, it is worthwhile for the author to do some work (such as proofreading, layout, etc.). In fact, we recommend that the author deal with the book. For example, if you are writing a longer novel that you want to print in only 20 copies. In such cases, the cost of layout design is much higher than the cost of printing, so it is worthwhile for the author to do the design of his book. In other cases (eg larger number of copies, more complex publications, high quality), it is worthwhile to ask the help of a designer or/and a proofreader.
If you decide to do some sub-tasks yourself, you can find our help in the Inspiration.
According to the preliminary page layouts the final text and image will be placed when layout design is made. The logical layout, readability, and overview of the book must be ensured in layout design. Widow has to be stopped in the text, pay attention to the removal of isolated text that breaks the reading order, and other errors that may occur. At the end of the job, the proofreader will re-read the text, paying attention to errors that occur during designing (eg. hyphenation).
Text editing programs are not suitable for layout design (eg. Word), we use Adobe InDesign for this purpose.
Many authors do their layout design themselves. In our experience, books made in this way still have a lot of typing and layout design errors, but for reasons of cost reduction (especially with low issues), the authors often choose this.
To help minimize the number of errors in the books you do the layout design, the Inspiration helps you.
After the print material is ready, printing begins. Whether printing is digital or offset depends primarily on the cost of printing, which is influenced by the number of copies, the number of pages, and the colorful or black-and-white pages ratio of the book. In general can be said, digital printing is more economical under 300-500 copies of the book, while over that offset printing is better. Great progress happened in digital printing technology in the last decade, and our modern digital machines are now reaching the quality of offset printing machines.
Although most of the materials can be printed without any problem, if we consider it necessary (eg. large amounts of color printing, neon colors, etc.), we make a digital proof print from the material and print the book after accepting it.
Most manuscripts are already written by a word processor (mostly Word), but nowadays we also get handwritten or typewritten texts. We type these first so they can be edited by computer.
As an expert in proofreading, who also notices spelling mistakes that the author's eyes gloss over after repeated reading. When making a book, we strongly recommend that you use the work of our proofreader.
There are two corrections to the text when the book is created.
The first reading is done before layout design, and most of the spelling and grammar mistakes are corrected.
When the design is completed, the proofreader will re-read the text. This will correct any errors that may still be in the text, as well as errors (such as hyphenation) that occur during the work.
Proofreading is a relatively small cost, so we definitely recommend it, but anyone who relies on Word Spell Checker and a familiar Hungarian teacher to work together is a viable option. The point is that spellchecking should not be missed, as a text riddled with errors will render the entire work of the author and the press unreliable.
In agreement with the customer, we finalize the external and internal parameters of the book (size, cover type, margins, etc.). Based on these, we create page designs and cover designs and then finalize them according to typographic rules.
If you would rather deal with it yourself, you can find the information you need in the Inspiration.
The paper photos are digitized, then the photo material is color corrected, scaled, or retouched.
If necessary, we create spectacular graphs, explanatory maps, and diagrams from the existing basic data. In addition, it is possible to make illustrations with collaborating graphic artists, photographers, or purchase image material from various photo collections.
If you are dealing with your photos yourself, you can find more information in the Inspiration.