We’ve been running for close to 6 years now and we’ve learned a lot in this time. We thought our site would be a great place to share some of the knowledge we’ve gained along the way. If you found it helpful buy us a coffee ☕ and we’ll try to add more when we can :)
Here’s a list of printers we’ve used for various projects and a brief rundown on what they specialise in and what we’ve used them for.
A fanstastic risograph printer based in Melbourne who printed our latest title Day Job.
Digital indigo printing at it’s finest. Amazing attention to detail, quick turn around and helpful staff. We’ve printed Untitled (Vol. 1) and will be using them to print OPEN as well.
Kainos are a great laser printing service in Canberra. We used them for our Oasis title.
Any promotional printing we need for book fairs/exhibitions we head straight to Dinkums. They’re quick, friendly, know what they’re doing and you can easily supply your own stock.
We’ve printed quite a few titles through PMI. They’re great if you need digital indigo printing but are on a budget. We’ve printed LIT and Blue Sky Roam through them which turned out great.
Print on demand service which we’ve used for Boneless and 35ppm.
If you’re a publisher and are looking to get an account with a printer CMYKHub are great for simple jobs and have an indigo press as well. We’ve used them for O.S.T. and all of the XZines.
If you’re looking at going offset, Magnum in Hong Kong are great. We’ve used them for Fossil Fuels and Karakia.
Other printers we’ve heard good things about:
What’s the difference between laser, indigo and offset?
Without going into a lot of detail that you can find online, laser is generally for low volume publications as it’s the cheapest to print and lowest quality of the three. Indigo (HP Indigo) is the closest quality you’ll get to offset without needing to print high volumes and is more expensive than laser. Offset is generally high volume publications (500+), the best quality printing and most expensive in terms of setup costs but is more cost effective when doing large volumes.
Some more helpful info on printing processes.
Here’s a brief list of bookstores that have carried our publications, we’ve visited or we just plain love. If we’re missing any that you think would make a great addition, get in touch.
- CCP + Perimeter Shop
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Perimeter Books
- Sticky Institute
- World Food Books
If you’re printing your images that were shot on film (I’d say 90% of what we publish is film) then a good scan is crucial.
FormatScan are a local Melbourne company that use a Hasselblad Flextight X5 and provide an amazing service for a great price.