Toronto Library Provides Customers With Professional Quality Book Printing

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You usually go to the library to get a book out, but now you can go to a library in Toronto and make one.

The Toronto Reference Library unveiled its newest form of technology at its digital innovation center, a book printing machine.

OK, considering that the printing press is extremely old, what is new about it?

The Asquith Press is a new book printing service at the Toronto Reference Library that allows customers to design and print paperbacks at a relatively reasonable price. (Toronto Public Library)

What’s new is the ability to self-publish books – whether it’s your own literature, a cookbook, an essay, or whatever you choose for a relatively reasonable price of $ 145 for 10 copies. ‘a 150-page book.

“It’s like watching a childbirth,” said Toronto author Nina Munteanu. She was one of the first people to use the machine.

The Asquith Press, which costs around $ 68,000, looks like a copier while it works, but the plexiglass sides reveal every step of the book-making process.

“You can literally see the cover being made and all the pages cut and glued together and bound,” she said.

Dawn Connolly works at the Digital Innovation Hub at the Toronto Reference Library. She said there is another attraction for aspiring authors, no fear of being rejected by publishers.

“It puts the tools of creation in the hands of people who have the imagination or the creativity in the first place.”

However, Andrew King of TLAC, a printing and digital publishing company based in Toronto, said that while this cost is lower than the costs of printing at places like Staples, it is not always lower than that. publishing companies that also do all the work.

“The average cost per pound of this size, at this volume [if TLAC printed it] would be around $ 8 to $ 9, ”King said.

Regardless of the cost, the library already anticipates high demand for the bookseller and offers classes on how to format work for proper printing.


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