G.F. Smith launch bespoke Make Books service

Published:  May 15, 2014

Print on demand book services are not a novelty anymore, with the internet offering up an international smorgasbord of online P.O.D services. But UK-based paper company G.F. Smith have just upped the game. Their new Make Book service offers the usual range of options for one, or many, printed books, the difference being the books are made using Colorplan cover and end papers, premium quality photographic paper and silver halide printing technology, and best of all, are assembled and finished by hand. All this, in line with G.F Smith’s reputable emphasis on quality, rendering the whole process (and the finished products) bespoke.

Produced in Indesign (or their Make Book software), the files are sent to their headquarters in Hull, where their processes – foiling, embossing and debossing, binding, trimming and finishing — are either done by hand, or at least closely watched, as London-based filmmaker Ben Stevenson’s short film would attest.

At this stage, the books are available to be printed in three sizes: A3, A4 and B5, and can include up to 100 pages. The cover, spine and endpapers are made using Colorplan, which offers a choice of 50 colours, and eight embossing styles.

Make Books are shipped internationally with an additional shipping charge; however, shipping within the UK is free. One A4, 20 page hardcover book with the basics (foiling adds another 75 GBP) will set you back around 100 GDP (AU$180). While not a good unit price for a commercial venture, it is a reasonable price for a beautifully produced, bespoke album or portfolio, of which you would only require one or two.

The launch of GF Smith’s printing service coincides with the recent rebranding of the company by Made Thought, and Colorplan’s expansion into Australia.


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