Serious about CTP
* If files will be trapped, should the provider let the printer handle it, or will the provider take responsibility?
Reprints and Archiving
Archiving and reprints issues have become increasingly important as publishers hoping to minimize overstocks ask for shorter print runs with more frequent reprints.
* Does CTP printing offer any advantages in the reprint process?
TIP: When a reprint run is smaller than the original run (15,000 vs. 50,000 for example), it may not be printed on the same printing press as the original. Traditional film would have to be manually restripped, an expensive process, but digital CTP files can be reimposed by computer in minutes at far less cost. A publisher who can count on that lower re-imposition cost has more freedom from the outset to print a smaller run.
* After printing, does the printer save the files? If so, for how long? On what media will files be archived?
TIP: Options include disk, tape, DVD and CDs.
* Are files stored as imposed pages or simply as sets of pages that would need to be reimposed for reprints?
* Will files be stored online on a network for a period of days after the initial print run?
TIP: When files are stored online, reprints can be run more quickly in the event of a hot seller.
* What is the turnaround on reprints that have no changes? What is the turnaround on reprints with minor text changes (to the front matter only, for example)?
* In what format will files and images be archived?
* Are files backed up in a second location for protection against disaster?
* Could the files go straight to an on-demand printing press? If not, what elements of the files would require modification?
* How fast can another printer be sent digital files if that printer will be handling the reprints?