Their Winning Ways
When you combine all these satisfactions with the opportunity to meet knowledgeable, interesting authors and to be exposed to books on a wide range of topics, I ask myself sometimes, what other work could possibly provide such diversity and challenge?
I really enjoy the opportunity to participate in the way books are prepared, at least from a materials and production standpoint. For instance, at UC Press we believe in specifying the most environmentally responsible text papers. By using totally chlorine-free text paper, both uncoated and coated, we support the industry's move towards the use of pulp that is bleached without the creation of any harmful dioxin into the air or ground water. We recently extended this policy to include our materials for dust jackets, paperback covers and even binding board.
Are all of your books similar or different from a manufacturing standpoint?
The manufacturing needs of UC Press titles differ widely. That is why we have contractual arrangements with a variety of compositors, prepress houses and book manufacturers.
While the majority of our titles are published in the 6 x 9' page trim size, a portion of our list requires very individual trim sizes, and some multi-volume sets include slipcases or portfolio boxes. Our titles are mainly manufactured here in the U.S., but we also work with suppliers in Canada, Southeast Asia and Europe. The choice of manufacturer depends on the project in question. We review the needs of each title, its place in the market, the illustration program, and the compatibility with web or sheetfed presses. Typically, titles with four-color process work throughout are candidates for offshore manufacturing, while all one-color titles are manufactured in North America. One point to mention is that all of our high-end four-color and duotone books must be sewn.
Do you do color scans in house, or do you send them out?