Q. 1 CAN 'THE BOOKBINDERY' PRINT MY THESIS?
We can arrange for your thesis to be printed and delivered directly to us by the printers, though we don't actually do any page printing here. The advantage in this, for you, is that you get professional printing (by persons who specialize in printing academic documents) AND the best of professional bookbinding. This is a distinct advantage over a printer trying to play the binder or even over a binder adding in a printing machine. As you will see when you read the answers to Questions 3-5, if you have access to a good quality printer, printing your thesis yourself allows you to check the printing result before binding and is therefore even more highly recommended. Printing arranged by The Bookbindery is normally done on good quality 100gsm paper, unless you specially request something else.
Q. 2 IF I WOULD LIKE 'THE BOOKBINDERY' TO PRINT AND BIND MY THESIS, HOW DO I ARRANGE THIS?
- Ideally arrange it first, by making an appointment. However don't worry too much if you haven't done this - we will do our best to fit in with what you need.
- Fill out our ONLINE THESIS BINDING FORM or bring your memory stick to our shop.
- Once we have received this back, we can send you an invoice, which includes our bank details so that you can make payment.
- Once payment is received, your file is sent to the copycentre for printing and then binding follows once the printing is received, by us.
Q. 3 CAN I PRINT THE THESIS MYSELF
Sure - in fact we prefer you to do this if you can. SEE THE NEXT QUESTION, too.
Q. 4 WHAT ADVANTAGES ARE THERE IN PRINTING THE PAGES MYSELF?
There are actually advantages to each 'printing option'. SEE OUR COMPARISON CHART - TO COMPARE PRINTING OPTIONS. This will allow you to see what is most suitable for you.
Advantages in printing the copies yourself include:
- The main advantage and the reason we prefer this option is that you can check the pages after they are printed. This means you can ensure that print quality and page order is correct BEFORE we start binding. We regard this as very important. It also allows you to pick up on any formatting errors, etc, that you hadn’t noticed on the screen - it always seems much easier to see them on a printed page than it does on the computer screen.
- If you are needing your binding done urgently, then timeframe can also be another advantage in printing it yourself. While an urgent printing and delivery service is available (at extra cost), it is unlikely to beat arranging it yourself and bringing in the pages.
- Many students can get printing done for nothing - through their workplace, university department, etc. (or at a subsidised rate). So cost is another possible advantage in printing it yourself - although I expect that what we charge for the printing is still cheaper than many printing places.
Q. 5 IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES IS IT SPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR A STUDENT TO ARRANGE THE PRINTING THEMSELVES?
- If colours/shading, etc of the printing is critical.
- If you want special paper - for example a tinted paper rather than a plain white paper.
- If your volume is a non-standard size or shape (i.e. Anything other than A4 portrait). We have, at this stage, only made arrangements for standard printing. The copycentre can cope with A3s and folding, but I would suggest you contacted us about this first. If you are making an 'odd sized' book, it is important that you read our section on paper grain - see Tips - Preparing a Thesis for Binding. Also note that we can trim pages down to size if you are printing on a larger size than you actually want to bind, as we have huge guillotines.
- If for any reason you have concerns about the printing result.
- If there is a VERY limited binding timeframe.
Q. 6 USING 'THE BOOKBINDERY'S' SERVICE, HOW MUCH DOES PAGE PRINTING COST?
Current standard cost for black and white printing is 15 cents + GST per page (or per side if double sided)
1. Printing arranged by The Bookbindery is normally done on good quality 100gsm paper, unless you specially request something else.
In colour it is $1.10 + GST per page (or per side if double sided).
2. If you feel you can beat this cost elsewhere, feel free to. We are more than happy to just do the binding.
Q. 7 HOW MUCH EXTRA TIME SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR PRINTING?
Assuming you respond promptly, we endeavour to incorporate the printing within the standard binding timeframe. Standard, i.e. non-urgent binding, requires that we have at least 3 full working days, for the binding.
If you have plenty of time we really appreciate an extra 2 full working days, for the printing. Contrastingly, if you need work completed fast, the printers do have an urgent delivery service (at extra cost - see previous question).
If you want us to print your volume and are worried about timeframe please Contact Us.
Obviously we cannot control the copycentre, so if there in the unlikely event that there are problems - such as machinery breakdowns or whatever - we would get back in touch with you.
Q. 8 IF I CANNOT VISIT' THE BOOKBINDERY' SHOP, IN PERSON, IS IT BEST TO GET 'THE BOOKBINDERY TO PRINT THE PAGES?
We are still very glad to help those who cannot visit our shop - and this is certainly one possible solution. You could also print the copies and courier them to us, if you prefer, which would allow you to check the printing first.