It’s Sunday night – two days before ZiP make its debut in hacker society at My Noisy Valentine – and earlier I printed the first proof copy of ZiP01 at Kinko’s down the street from my current digs. I’m posting a few notes about that in hopes of aiding other zinesters, especially those new to self-publishing.
Kinko’s is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of printing, but they’re not the cheapest. Office Max charges 49 cents a page for color, Kinko’s 59 cents – that’s if you’re using the simple plain laser paper. If you upgrade to better quality gloss paper (which I’m using for the covers and a color spread insert) it’s 75 cents per page.
That’s for U.S. letter size, 8.5 x 11″ (very similar to the size called A4 by the rest of the modern world).
Kinko’s, like a lot of copy+print shops I’m guessing, doesn’t print “full bleed,” meaning there will be a white border around the edges of the paper. I tried to get around that by extending the cover image past the borders of the page itself in InDesign (our main layout program), and we ended up with the cover image truncated on the first batch of print copies – some of the text cut short. (Hold onto those copies with the front cover printing error – you never know what might be worth something some day.)
I was pleased to see that even the smallest text we’d placed in the layout is still legible, at least to my (still relatively young) eyes.
ZiP01 is 30 letter sized pages, arranged as 15 duplex pages (duplex = printed on both sides). 4 of those I printed in color, 26 in black & white (the online layout will be all color, all the time). B&W pages were 9 cents/ea, color pages 75 cents/ea as mentioned. The total cost for one copy of ZiP at Kinko’s – including tax – came to $6.64.
It would be slightly less at Office Max, probably somewhere around $5.50.
I haven’t yet checked with Office Depot, Staples, or other print+copy providers.
Ultimately I’d like to find a hipper, more underground, local print shop or – better yet – initiate a working print space at Noisebridge. That was my original conceit. I will need help to realize that goal, though, so it depends on the level of interest from others.
Now I make a host of changes, corrections & additions to the layout & print a full batch of copies for Tuesday night. I hope you come see us at Noisebridge! As mentioned, please RSVP if you are new to the space. You can reach us at